All about Leominster, MA
Leominster, named after a town in Herefordshire, England, was originally inhabited by the Pennacook and Nipmuc Native Americans along the Nashua River. European settlers began arriving in the mid-17th century.
The European settlers and native people lived peacefully for years, until the start of King Philip’s War in 1675. Afterwards, the settlers negotiated with the Nashaway tribe’s Chief Sholan to legally purchase the land. Over one hundred years later on June 23, 1740 the town of Leominster was officially incorporated.
The town was primarily a small farming community, but the economy quickly shifted into manufacturing in the 19th century. The earliest settlers in Leominster were primarily British, but many immigrants soon gathered to work in the expanding factories.These new waves of Irish, French Canadians and Italian immigrants caused the population to surge exponentially and on November 2, 1915, Leominster was officially chartered as a city.
There were many different industries in Leominster, but it was the comb industry that flourished. Combs that were once painstakingly made from natural materials such as animal horns and hooves were diminishing rapidly.
A new material called celluloid was invented in 1868 and just in time. The new plastic and a subsequent 2nd invention, called injection molding would revolutionize the comb industry and give Leominster the nickname the “Comb City”.
Watkin Dental Associates near Leominster
At Watkin Dental Associates, we bring years of experience, expertise, and a passion. We stay at the forefront of dentistry and put a serious emphasis on continuing education. Our clinicians teach in some of the most prestigious dental institutions in the United States.
At Watkin Dental Associates, our team works together to help you achieve your oral health goals and keep a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. From our administrative team to our dental assistants, hygienists, we all work together to give you the smile of your dreams.
Doyle Conservation Area and Watkin Dental Associates
Just over one mile down the road from Watkin Dental Associates is Doyle Conservation Area, a beautiful estate and conservation area with a fascinating history. The estate belonged to the late Louise Doyle, daughter of Bernard Doyle – pioneer of pyroxylin plastic and cofounder of Viscoloid Company. Known for making the first plastic hair combs, toys and countless other plastic applications over the decades. Both daughter and father were renowned philanthropists.
Doyle Conservation Area is an absolutely beautiful place to take a peaceful stroll around a pond and to get away from the hubbub of modern life. Enjoy the kid friendly walking paths and trails that welcome dogs on leashes. Come enjoy all the different areas to sit and relax and spy the abundance of wildlife. There are plenty of shade trees to escape the hot summer sun and equally open areas to soak in those rays.
The conservation area is always clean and well maintained and feels incredibly spacious when you’re looking for some serenity. So pack a picnic and come on down for some genuine me time amongst the flora and fauna.