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About Natick

Established in 1651 by the Puritan missionary John Elliot, Natick has a long, rich history that reflects many of the major historical events of the region. Just 18 miles from Boston, and located on the Charles River the town has transitioned from native villages to European farmland, to mills and industrialized shoe and baseball factories. Today Natick is home to companies such as Mathworks and Cognex, and continues to grow as a welcoming and vibrant community.

Text adapted from brochure published by Natick Historical Society. Photos provided by Natick Historical Society and Morse Institute Library. 

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