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The Town of New Braintree is an upland agricultural and residential community in the southwestern portion of Worcester County. The town lies between 900 and 1100 feet above sea level and was the site of an early major Indian/European battle in King Philip's war in 1675. The town has seen no sustained industrial development and has been almost wholly agricultural throughout its history, with a reputation for fine grazing land. By the late 18th century, New Braintree was shipping its annual production of dairy products, cheese and beef to Boston and had attained a high degree of prosperity. In 1832 a group of 48 men in New Braintree formed a Thief Detection Society, while a Temperance House was set up in 1837. Over 1,000 milk cows lived in New Braintree by the 19th century and the town produced over 200,000 pounds of cheese annually. Townspeople made some shoes in small shoe shops, built carriages and made spoke shaves. Immigrants included Canadians, Lithuanians and Poles who came to work in milk production, dairying, poultry-raising and orchards. (Seal supplied by community. Narrative based on information provided by the Massachusetts Historical Commission)
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