350 years a town: 1653-2003
Lancaster, the oldest town in
Worcester County, Massachusetts.

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The Item Appeal 
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
A year-round effort
Find out how you can help, or how to get help
    Throughout the year, the Appeal helps those in need with the basics, including helping with the cost of food, shelter and heating oil.
    Please consider donations to help your Lancaster neighbors who may be less fortunate than you. Donations go 100 percent to the needy; no administrative costs are deducted.
   Donations can be sent to:
The Item Appeal,
c/o Clinton Savings Bank,
200 Church St.,
Clinton, MA 01510
Stop at the Item office (156 Church St. in Clinton) to buy greeting cards for a dollar or less, all proceeds going to the Item Appeal.
The Appeal will also benefit from sales of the new book by Terry Ingano - a collection of his historical columns that have appeared in the Item. "Twice Told Tales" is $20, including tax, with all proceeds going to The Item Appeal, an all-volunteer effort that helps local residents in need with assistance for the basics of life: Food, heating and utilities.  Currently, the book is available at: The Item office, 156 Church St.; Thurston House, Green Street; the Holder Memorial, museum of the Clinton Historical Society; Sunrise Boutique, High Street; and the Wachusett Chamber office, Church Street, Clinton.


Town information
Lancaster was first settled in 1643 and was incorporated as a town in 1653. All of parts of several towns were once part of Lancaster, including Bolton, Clinton, Leominster and Sterling, as well as Harvard, Stow, Hudson, Marlboro, Berlin and Boylston
Epitaphs from The Old Burial Field 
  Thayer mansion
Bogigian Mansion
Bogigian mansion

History and
Genealogy links

Famous Lancastrians
John Prescott

Rowlandson   Mary Rowlandson   

 Burbank monument 
      Luther Burbank
Nathaniel Dexter    

"Sliding" Billy Hamilton  

Edmund Hamilton Sears
(It Came Upon a Midnight Clear)
John Thayer, ornithologist

Veterans Memorial
Common From church
News Sources
Sentinel & Enterprise
Telegram & Gazette
The  Times &  Courier

Voting records
(Town meetings, election and overrides)
Old voting records
Override history
Tax-exempt properties, 1997
Town boards



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