This hide was designed to introduce you to this well-preserved, multi-purpose building that serves as a historical reminder of Framingham's early history! This part of the city is the village of Nobscot, which is nestled in the northwest section along the border with Marlboro and Sudbury. "Nobscot" comes from the Algonquin Native American word "Penobscot" which means "place of falling rocks" and the Nobscot area takes its name from the nearby Nobscot Hill.
Get your stamps, your books and your tickets here!!! The structure you now find yourself standing at was the first Framingham post office. It was operational from 1878 through 1933. In addition, the Framingham Pubic Library occupied half of the building beginning in 1905. It was called the Nobscot Depository and occupied a space which is only twelve by twenty-four feet. The Depository lasted until 1953.
The building was originally located across the street adjacent to the railroad tracks. It was refurbished and moved to its current location in June, 2000. When the nearby passenger railroad line was active, there was a window at the rear of the building where railroad tickets were sold. The restoration culminated in a grand re-opening on June 18, 2000, at which the post office offered special commemorative postal imprints at the site.
Original research for this location was done with the help of the Framingham Historical Society (thanks Laura!) and was placed with the knowledge and permission of local historian, Krista Dyan. Krista's grandfather, Bill Dyan, rescued the building from neglectful conditions and spearheaded the move across the street to its current location.
You can park safely across the street at the recently built McAuliffe Branch Library. When you do so, you might find it quite amusing when you notice just how much libraries have changed during the past century!
Please BYOP and be sure to respect this structure and replace the hide as found. Enjoy your local history!!!