The Wellesley Townsman

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The Wellesley Townsman
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The front page of The Townsman, from 1906
TypeWeekly Newspaper
Owner(s)Wellesley Publishing Company,
GateHouse Media.
EditorCathy Brauner
FoundedApril 1906
HeadquartersWellesley, Massachusetts, United States

The Wellesley Townsman is a paid weekly, local newspaper in Wellesley, Massachusetts. It is currently owned by GateHouse Media.


Debuting in April 1906, it originally was published on Friday afternoons by the Wellesley Publishing Company.[1][2] It was one of many New England newspapers acquired by the Community Newspaper Company in the late 1980s, published under The MetroWest Daily News division, later acquired by GateHouse Media. It is currently published online through the Wicked Local network.[3]

The Townsman was one of the early publishers of Sylvia Plath. Her short story "Victory" appeared in the paper during her teens,[4] and the paper itself chronicled many of her early achievements.[5] When Plath died of gas poisoning as result of a suicide, the paper famously misreported the cause of death in the obituary, giving the cause of death as viral pneumonia.[6]


  1. ^ Streifer, Hilary (February 2014). "The Townsman Newspaper Collection (Wellesley Historical Society Archival Description)" (PDF).
  2. ^ Cook, Louis Atwood (1918). History of Norfolk County, Massachusetts, 1622-1918. S.J. Clarke publishing Company.
  3. ^ "The Wellesley Townsman: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Wellesley, MA". The Wellesley Townsman. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  4. ^ Ferretter, Luke (2010-07-06). Sylvia Plath's Fiction: A Critical Study: A Critical Study. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9780748630752.
  5. ^ Kirk, Connie Ann (2004). Sylvia Plath: A Biography. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313332142.
  6. ^ Fetters, Ashley. "There Are Almost No Obituaries for Sylvia Plath". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-05-29.