Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Townsend: Revolutionary Rebels

Townsend is a small town that is just a spot on the map and can be easily overlooked.  However, it does have a bit of history to it.  It was incorporated as a town in 1732 and was named after Viscount Charles Townshend who was a British cabinet minister.    The town was thrusted into history when the British marched on Concord on April 19, 1775 and sent 73 men to join the other towns in fighting the British.  It was around 1780 when residents and town officials stuck it to the British again by spelling the town name by omitting the "H" and it eventually stuck.

As far as The List goes, it makes one appearance.  The town common is very well maintained with a gazebo and a memorial to soldiers serving in the Civil War.  The gazebo serves as the bandstand for town celebrations.

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