Ever heard of Honeypot in Norfolk, Darlings in Milford, Dog Corner in Needham, or Fiddler’s Green in Bolton? Without doubt, a closer look at Massachusetts maps reveals plenty of places with unusual names, many of which are still in use today.
The pictured postcard advertises the curiously titled Long Sought For Pond inWestford. Next
There are intriguingly named watering holes, such as Spy Pond in Arlington (depicted in the above map,) Chicken Brook in Holliston, Laundry Brook in Newton, Sucker Brook and Pork Barrel Pond in Pepperell. Next
This granite marker known as the Bloody Bluff got its name from the Revolutionary War’s first day of battle. According to the US Geological Survey, it marks where British troops regrouped on their retreat from Lexington and Concord.
The marker reads: “This bluff / was used as a rallying point / by the British / April 19, 1775 / After a sharp fight / they retreated to Fiske Hill / from which they were driven / in great confusion.” Next
Odd street names don’t go unnoticed either. Here is Blood Road in Littleton. Next
And Narcissus Road also in Littleton. Next
Local industry served as inspiration for naming many other villages and neighborhoods in the area.
In Westborough, Rocklawn Mills was located on Flanders Road, according Carolyn Mulrain, president of the Westborough Historical Society. At the mill, Rocklawn workers grounded corn and wheat, sawed wood, pressed cider, and later, ground limestone into fertilizer and lime.
Few people in town still refer to that part of town as Rocklawn. Next
Metrowest’s legacy of exotic place names can be traced in this 1917 postcard. Husdon has spiritual summit called Gospel Hill. Nearby Bolton has a Rattlesnake Hill.
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