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Property Name Jedediah Foster Homesite
Reference Number 13000623
State Massachusetts
County Worcester
Town West Brookfield
Street Address Foster Hill Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/27/2013
Areas of Significance Archaeology-Historic-non-aboriginal, Politics/Government
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The Jedediah Foster Homesite, West Brookfield, Massachusetts, retains integrity of location, setting, feeling, and association, and fulfils National Register Criteria A, B, and D at the local and state levels. The property consists of the surface and subsurface remains of the house and attached office, and likely additional remains, associated with Jedediah Foster and the Foster family. The Jedediah Foster site is significant under Criterion A because it is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history. The stately house on Foster Hill was the residence of Jedediah Foster, a man whose actions had a profound impact on his town, his commonwealth, and his country. Jedediah Foster's career was varied and extensive, and his political positions gave him the background that led to his appointment to the Constitutional Convention in 1779 and his involvement in the drafting of the Massachusetts Constitution. The Jedediah Foster Homesite is also significant under Criterion B, for its association with two significant persons, Joseph Dwight and Jedediah Foster. The Foster home was originally the residence of Joseph Dwight, a notable statesman and politician who contributed greatly to both his community and his country. He played an integral role in the French and Indian War (1744-1749) and in future conflicts involving France's military positions in the northern frontier. He was also a strong advocate for the rights of soldiers and citizens alike. The most prominent resident of the Foster house was Jedediah Foster himself. He was an important statesman who served in many positions during his lengthy career. He was a man known for his patriotism and fidelity, and never turned down an opportunity to serve his country. The Jedediah Foster site is significant under Criterion D because it has the potential to yield information important to prehistory and history. The site's surface and subsurface deposits and existing features have the potential to address important research questions relating to native land use and early Euroamerican settlement in the Brookfields, or Quaboag Plantation as it was called. Although the house and office no longer stand, evidence of their existence is still present on the landscape. The half-acre parcel has never been developed, and the likelihood of additional intact deposits relating to site occupation is very high.


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