Worcester county. This very handsome and flourishing town lies 40 miles S.W. from Boston, 17 S. by E. from Worcester, and 24 N.N.W. from Providence, R.I. It receives an excellent water power from Mumford and West rivers, and the Blackstone canal passes through it.
The manufacturing villages are delightfully situated in valleys surrounded by picturesque elevations. There are 5 woolen and 3 cotton mills in the town, and manufactures of yarn, straw bonnets, boots, shoes, leather, chairs, cabinet and tin wares: total value, the year ending April 1, 1837, $402,450.