Wayland kicks off 375th anniversary celebration

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Janot Mendler has fond memories of growing up in Wayland, where she recalls taking picturesque hikes and riding horses with her friends.

Nearly 60 years later, Mendler will join the rest of the community in celebrating the town’s 375th anniversary with a yearlong series of events that kicks off on Saturday.

“It is wonderful to have the opportunity to allow the public to focus on our history,” said Mendler, who still lives in town. “It’s bringing new things to light.”

Wayland was the site of the Sudbury Plantation, established by Puritans in 1638 and incorporated in 1639, according Jane Sciacca of the Wayland Historical Society. Known for many years as East Sudbury, the farming community’s name was changed to Wayland in 1835.

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