Photograph by Andrew Davis

Settled in 1673,  Incorporated as a town in 1722 and as a city in 1848

  • New England’s third largest city
  • When it comes to inventions, Worcester claims a lot of firsts, for example: barbed wire (patented by Washburn & Moen Wireworks), the Monkey Wrench (Loring Coes, 1840), Candlepin bowling (Justin White, 1879) and Valentine’s Day Cards (Esther Howland, 1847)
  • Worcester artist Harvey Ball created the famous yellow “Smiley Face”
  • American Antiquarian Society was founded in 1812 by Isaiah Thomas in Worcester
  • Mechanics Hall, built in 1857, is one of the oldest concert halls in the United States
  • Worcester was known by the native people as Quinsiqamond

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