Braggville, Massachusetts

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Braggville, Massachusetts
Village
Braggville Depot and Post Office, c. 1919
Braggville Depot and Post Office, c. 1919
Coordinates: 42°10′0″N 71°28′48″W / 42.16667°N 71.48000°W / 42.16667; -71.48000Coordinates: 42°10′0″N 71°28′48″W / 42.16667°N 71.48000°W / 42.16667; -71.48000
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Middlesex, Worcester, Norfolk
Elevation 298 ft (91 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01746, 01757, 02053
Area code(s) 508
GNIS feature ID 611657[1]

Braggville is a former postal-village located in Massachusetts, with boundaries extensive in the towns of Holliston in Middlesex County, Medway in Norfolk County and Milford in Worcester County. Though people had settled the land long before the incorporation of the town of Holliston, Braggville's unofficial history began on March 8, 1785 when Alexander Bragg purchased farmland there.[2] The village itself however, would be named for his nephew, Colonel Arial Bragg, Holliston's first shoe and boot maker as well as the agrarian community's first wholesale manufacturer.[3] After a century of economic prowess, the village fell into decline following the First World War.

Decline and obscurity[edit]

With the emergence of the Post–World War I recession much of the town's business came to a standstill. By March of 1919, the Boston and Albany Railroad had ceased providing passenger service to the Braggville station, as well as all freight service. Although its schoolhouse would remain standing for several more decades, the end of Braggville as a would-be town came on June 28, 1919, when the U.S. Mail shuttered its post office.[4]

Geography[edit]

A map of Braggville, as it appeared at the village's industrial and cultural peak between the years of 1850 and 1880.

Braggville does not have officially boundaries defined by the United States Census Bureau, and throughout its history has held nebulous boundaries. The U.S. Geological Survey places it as a populated place solely in the town of Holliston, however historical accounts describe it as partially extending into Milford and Medway[1][5][6]

It is located 25.2 mi (40.6 km) west of Boston and is adjacent to Interstate 495. Massachusetts Route 16 passes through the village, bisecting it almost evenly.

Adjacent towns[edit]

Braggville is located in eastern Massachusetts, and bordered by:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Braggville, Massachusetts". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved Jul 2015. 
  2. ^ A. Bragg, 7-8.
  3. ^ Walker, 481.
  4. ^ "Town to Lose Postoffice" (PDF). El Paso Herald (El Paso, TX). 29 Jun 1919. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 Jul 2015. Retrieved 3 Jul 2015. Braggville, Mass., June 28.— This town has lost its postoffice because no one will be postmaster without having two or three other jobs. They say they cannot live on the small salary of the position and the postoffice department will not allow 'outside work.' Acting postmaster Mather upon instructions from the postoffice department closed the office for good. Braggville lost its freight and railroad station three months ago. 
  5. ^ E. Bragg, The origin and growth..., 33.
  6. ^ Mason, Orion T (1913). The Handbook of Medway History; A Condensed History of the Town of Medway, Massachusetts. Medway, Massachusetts: G.M. Billings, Printer. p. 85. Retrieved 2 Jul 2015. Great West Woods.— The forest originally extending from Summer street to Milford and Braggville. 

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