Historical Collections (Massachusetts), Volume Two - Holmes Ammidown. This book covers the town histories of Sturbridge, Charlton and Southbridge, Massachusetts. Each town's history is discussed from its formation and settlement, up to the time that the book was originally published. The histories of Sturbridge and Charlton include the petition for the town and grant, the origin of the name of the town, a list of manufacturing companies, the schools and churches of the area, and biographical information on some of the predominant members of the community. The history of Southbridge contains all of the above, plus more detailed information about the town including the new roads and highways, the cemetery, a broad list of manufacturing companies, and a history of the churches. (1874), 1996, 5½x8½, paper, index, 598 pp.