"Fruitlands Museums" Harvard by grandmaR

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Harvard University is in the Boston area (actually Cambridge and Boston) and **NOT** in Harvard Massachusetts.

The town of Harvard was incorporated in 1732. For some unknown reason the town has attracted people carrying out a series of unusual sociological and religious experiments.

The most well known of these experiments in Harvard were the 1781 celebate Shaker village founded by Mother Ann Lee and Bronson Alcott's 1843 transcendental experiment. The farmhouse where the Alcotts lived (Fruitlands- pictured here) is part of the Fruitlands Museum on Prospect Hill.

Facts about Harvard, MA

Aliases: Shaboken, Shaker Village, Still River
Neighbors: Ayer, Bolton, Boxborough, Groton, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Shirley, Stow
County: Worcester County
Congressman: Martin T. Meehan
Senators: Edward M. Kennedy, John F. Kerry
Land Size: 26.35 square miles
Population: 5,981 people. (228th in Massachusetts.)
Pop/Land: 226.98 people per square mile. (241st in Massachusetts.)
ZIP Codes: 01451, 01467

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Multiple Museums
  • Cons:NOT Harvard University
  • In a nutshell:Experimental Living History
  • Last visit to Harvard: Jan 1970
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2005 at 5:44 AM

    At first, I thought Harvard Univ but kept reading this strange story. To reform the individual in order to reform the society is a superb idea but hell is paved with good wills! I can easily understand that a group that advocates celibacy can't last long!


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