Friday, October 22, 2010
happy PFF: General view of Athol Mass.
Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Click on the link to see who else is playing!
Athol Massachusetts is located in the north-central part of the state, on the Millers river.
The area was first settled in the early 1700's. It was named by an early settler who thought the hills reminded him of his ancestral home of Blair Atholl, Scotland. (If one can believe Wikipedia).
Mills of all sort were set up along the river. According to Wikipedia, "The Athol Machine Company was established in 1868 in order to manufacture a chopping machine invented by Laroy S. Starrett. In 1881, Mr. Starrett established the L. S. Starrett Company, known for making quality precision tools. The company remains the town’s largest employer to this day, and thus does Athol live up to the nickname “Tool Town.”
The town website is http://www.athol-ma.gov/. Athol has had some hard times but seems to be rebounding. Population has increased some, and they were designated a green community. In the late summer and fall there is a series of concerts called "Tool Town Live."