Town begins prep for 100-year celebration

Town begins prep for 100-year celebration

Millville Centennial kick-off event to be held Sept. 29

MILLVILLE - The five square miles of land comprising the small town of Millville officially incorporated in 1916, and preparation for a serious centennial celebration will begin this month, with a kick-off event to be held on Sunday, Sept. 29.

The town was originally part of Mendon, then part of Blackstone, before breaking away to form a separate municipality. At first, it was run by a finance committee, but now this small town of 3,000-plus residents elects a five-member board of selectmen.

It is home the oldest meeting house in Massachusetts to survive in its original condition, and a well preserved lock, used on the Blackstone Canal in the early 19th century. The Chestnut Street Meeting House was constructed in 1769 and stands on a lot with two historic cemeteries containing 330 burial sites of early settlers and revolutionary soldiers, on Route 122. Shifting town boundaries have placed the meeting house in Mendon, Blackstone, and now Millville. It is maintained by a small group of volunteers and open for tours May through October.

Soon, the town will celebrate its history, and tight community bonds that have allowed its valuable structures to be protected and restored, with an event bringing together government, business leaders and local organizations.

"To celebrate this historical marker, our town will be hosting several events between now and then," explained Jennifer Dean Wing, a member of the town's Board of Selectmen and Centennial Committee, in a letter to local groups.

The kick-off event will be held starting at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park and the Longfellow Municipal Center. It will include musical entertainment, children's activities, raffles and a family scarecrow decorating contest.

Booths for concessions, promotions, merchandise or activities are being sponsored by non-competing vendors on a first-come, first served basis, and are still available for a cost of $30 per space.

"We hope to attract a variety of community organizations and businesses," said Dean Wing.

Booths can be purchased by contacting Dean Wing at 508-883-5651 or email at deanmillville@verizon.net.

The rain date for the event is Sunday, Oct. 6.