Posted by: George Lewis | March 28, 2013

Welcome, neighbors.

“Waushakum Farm” is a fitting name for the newly formed neighborhood community. The neighborhood borders along Winthrop Street to Nipmuc Road and Lake Avenue, and from Gilbert Street to Cove Avenue. Our community was once fields and pastures. The farm was established in 1867 with 200-acres of grazing cattle and fields of corn. In the nineteenth century the name, Waushakum Farm, became nationally famous for agricultural experiments by Dr. E. Lewis Sturtevant.

Area formerly Waushakum Farm. Home of E. Lewis Sturtevant is pictured in upper center (now 69 Winthrop Street). Map c.1900.

To view very large map of South Framingham (1898), click on photograph and then zoom in.

As a collective group of neighbors, we have the ability to make changes to improve our community. We can sponsor neighborhood festivals, block parties, crime prevention activities and upgrading public spaces and making Waushakum Beach more accessible. We can influence town government to correct traffic concerns as an example. Be informed and involved, meet your neighbors and let’s work together to preserve and enhance the unique beauty and residential character of our neighborhood.


Posted by: George Lewis | February 18, 2013

History of Waushakum Farm

Edward Lewis Sturtevant (1842-1898) and Waushakum Farm – Framingham farmer, botanist, physician and author, was one of the giants of his time in the science of agriculture. In 1867, E. Lewis Sturtevant together with his brothers, Joseph N. Sturtevant w blue bkgrndand Thomas L. Sturtevant purchased 200 acres at Waushakum Pond in South Framingham, Massachusetts. The farm soon became famous, under the name “Waushakum Farm,” for a series of brilliant experiments in agriculture.

The immediate concern of the Sturtevant brothers, however, was the development of a model dairy farm of Ayrshire cattle. Waushakum Farm soon became the home of this breed. Several scientific aspects of this work with Ayrshires are worth noting. Milk records of the herd and of individual animals, covering many milking periods, were kept and still constitute, according to dairymen of our day, a most valuable contribution to dairying.

But even in these first days on Waushakum Farm, the Ayrshires did not occupy all of his time. Indian corn attracted Sturtevant from the first. No sooner had he settled on Waushakum Farm than he began a botanical and cultural study of maize which he continued to the time of his death. The first fruits of his work with corn was the introduction of an improved variety of Yellow Flint, the new sort being called “Waushakum.” Breeding this new variety was a piece of practical work that brought Waushakum Farm more prominence in agriculture than any of his scientific work, “scientific farming” at that time not being in high repute with tillers of the soil.

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One of Dr. Sturtevant’s Ayrshire cows. Dr. Sturtevant kept meticulous breeding records of each of his cattle. Click on photo to read his historic book, “The Dairy Cow.”

To Sturtevant is given the credit of having built the first lysimeter in America. This instrument, to measure the percolation of water through a certain depth of soil, was put in on the Waushakum Farm in 1875.

As the years advanced, he put more and more energy in the rapidly growing field of agricultural research until finally experimentation came to claim most of his attention. His eminence in research on Waushakum Farm brought him many opportunities to speak and write on agricultural affairs, in which work his facile pen and ready speech greatly enhanced his reputation as an experimenter.

Posted by: George Lewis | September 20, 2014

Cedar Woods Walking Trail in progress

Cedar Woods entrance

Cedar Woods (aka Cedar Swamp) is a 16 acre wetland located between Waverly Street and Cypress Street.  It is graced with streams, majestic deciduous and evergreen trees, ferns, Concord grapes, hydrangeas and lush moss.  It is a natural habitat for numerous birds including wild turkeys.  Deer have been sighted over the years.
This summer the Framingham Conservation Department worked diligently with the DPW to bring this great natural resource back to the Southside. They made an exhaustive start by cleaning a vast amount of debris from this conservation land, followed by clearing and evaluating potential walking paths. They are to be complimented for their exemplary service to Framingham’s residents.
Future plans will include extending the walking paths from Cedar Woods north to Farm Pond and south to Waushakum Beach.
We look forward to its full restoration.

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Posted by: George Lewis | April 10, 2013

Life along Waushakum Pond

001Excerpts from “A Creative Odyssey – the Story of Floyd and Richie Walser” written by Richard L. Rotelli:

­CHAPTER 1 – Summer  1944

It was summer again. Time for my friends and me to find new mischief and adventures. We were good kids. Kind of simple-minded and naive, especially compared to the high- octane, precocious youth of today. We didn’t have TV quite yet and the world certainly seemed simpler and slower paced.

The fact that World War ll had been raging for the last three years and that the decisive battle of D-Day at Normandy had just occurred didn’t seem to really affected us much. We were kids. Even when the brother of one of our playmates was killed in action, the reality of it all was still obscure. We saw our share of war movies and watched the newsreels between feature films to keep up to date on how the Allies were beating the crap out of Hitler as well as the progress of the fierce fighting going on in the Pacific. But we were far more interested in Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, and those wonderful serials where the hero’s life was put in peril, if not wiped out for sure each and every Saturday. No matter how much it appeared that our hero could never get out of the situation the writers put him in at the end of each episode, he always found a way to triumph. In many ways we lived in a sort of make-believe world, where we could have adventures just by mutually inventing them. We often made up situations and pretended that we all believed the nonsense, allowing our active imaginations to entertain us, sometimes to the point of scaring ourselves.

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Posted by: George Lewis | February 10, 2013

Playing in the snow on Gilbert Street

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Gilbert Street children playing after the Blizzard of 2013

Posted by: George Lewis | October 31, 2012

Halloween fun

Many children in the neighborhood enjoyed the 2012 Halloween party given by Steve and Tracy.


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Posted by: George Lewis | July 19, 2008

Alligator Sighting at Waushakum Pond?

(from Metrowest Daily News on July 19, 2008)

It may not be as hot and humid here as it is in Florida, but alligators are still not supposed to be in Waushakum Pond. But, yesterday, Waushakum Beach was shut down and residents were warned to stay out of the water after 15-year-old James Boudreau reported seeing an alligator at 10 a.m. He said he saw the same thing earlier this week.


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“I didn’t think anyone would believe me,” said Boudreau, who just got his boat two weekends ago. “I thought everybody was going to think I was nuts. I looked (alligators) up online to make sure what I saw was really what I saw, and it was.

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