Pratt Pond. Photo by Tony Mistretta, Blackstone Heritage Corridor Photography Ambassador.

Upton was originally the home of the Nipmuc, who inhabited most of central Massachusetts.  It was settled by Europeans migrants in 1728, and incorporated in 1735

  • Home to Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin
  • The Grafton & Upton Railroad began in 1873 and still operates today.
  • Knowlton Hat Factory was considered the largest hat industry in the world
  • By 1873, Upton’s factories were producing 21.7% of all boots manufactured in Worcester Count

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