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Westville section of Southbridge

"...The principal part of the population and of the property is the Village of Westville, situated in a bend of the Quinnebaug River, near the bridge, marked A., on the subjoined plan. The distance from this Village, measuring from the Town-line on the centre of the bridge to Sturbridge is two miles two hundred and eighty rods and tow Southbridge one mile two hundred and eighty-six rods, so that the inhabitants of the Village are about a mile nearer to Southbridge than to Sturbridge. There are five families situated north and west of the Village, who are included in the territory prayed to be set off, and who are themselves Petitioners; and those of them the most remote from the Village, and nearest to the centre of Sturbridge, are about the same distance from Sturbridge and Southbridge.

This territory is not only nearer to Southbridge than to Sturbridge, but the roads are much better to the former place, than to the latter. Westville is bounded northwesterly by a large swell of land, over which the roads to Sturbridge must pass, with an inclination in some place of some eight or nine degrees. Nor can the road from Westville to Sturbridge be materially improved without an expense altogether disproportionate to the amount of travel. There is now a new road in progress of construction from Southbridge to Sturbridge; but this takes the travel from the village of Westville, and a deep ravine between the new road and the Village will prevent their availing themselves of that new facility. But the road from Westville to Southbridge is comparatively level, is much better wrought, and less obstructed by snow than the road to Sturbridge. It was stated by several witnesses, that take the year round, they could go from Westville to Southbridge and back again, as easy as they could go to Sturbridge...

Now the entire population are desirous of being annexed to the town of Southbridge.

The Committee are averse to altering town lines as a general thing. But when the advantage to individuals is vastly greater than the disadvantage to towns concerned, they think the lines should be changed. Believing this to be a case of that character, they unanimously recommend that the prayer of the petitioners be granted.

By order of the Committee,
Charles Hudson, Chariman.
Westminster, Aug. 27, 1838"

Massachusetts. General Court. Senate
State Printers., 1839, Pages 124-129



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