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Riding Through Mendon’s Past

Kristen Berthao's 3rd grade class gets ready to board the trolley.

The Clough School 3rd grade students were treated to a trolley ride through Mendon on May 27 to learn about the town's history. As students received the "all aboard" signal from the Conductor, John Trainor, they got seated in a trolley that was similar to the one that was used from 1901-1928 to connect the towns of Milford, Hopedale, Mendon, and Uxbridge.

During the 45-minute ride, eighth Grade Miscoe Hill students acted as tour guides and pointed out some of the many historical points of interest in Mendon. Students learned facts about these locations as well as interesting historical information about the town of Mendon, such as the popularity of the Lake Nipmuc Park in the early 1900's where people from other towns would take the trolley to the park to enjoy swimming, boat rides, dancing, plays and concerts.

Back in the classroom, students were given a booklet that described some of the buildings and points of interest that they had passed in the trolley. They were also given a list of questions to answer in order to help reinforce the important historical information about the town of Mendon.

As well as the Conductor and Tour Guides, retired Miscoe Hill teacher Dick Grady, and retired Clough teacher Martha Grady were available to students on the trolley and in the classroom for any questions and were also the facilitators of this event. This tour, which was funded by the Clough PTO, was used to enrich the curriculum for the 3rd grade class, which focuses on learning about the state of Massachusetts.

Conductor John Trainor educating Clough's 3rd grade class on Mendon's history.

Students aboard the trolley.


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