Douglas is in Worcester County, south-central Massachusetts. It includes the
sizable Douglas State Forest, managed by the Massachusetts Department of
Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
The name of Douglas was first given to
the territory of the town in the year 1746. New Sherburn or "New Sherburn Grant"
had previously been its designation, since its first occupancy by the English
settlers which was as early as 1715. The original settlers came primarily from
Sherburn, although many hailed from Natick as well. The name was given in 1746,
when Dr. William Douglas, an eminent
physician of Boston, in consideration of the privilege of naming the township
offered the inhabitants the sum of $500.00 as a fund for the establishment of
free schools together with a tract of 30 acres of land with a dwelling house and
Douglas's forests gave rise to a woodcutting industry and
the Douglas axe company. A woolen manufacturing company, on the Mumford River in
East Douglas, in recent times held by the Schuster family, has been prominent in
the history of this community. General Lafayette, of France, stopped here during
the Revolutionary War, to change horses, on his way to Boston to join General
Washington. Lafayette was a hero of the American Revolution and the French
From a very early period reaching beyond 1635, bands of Native
Americans, principally the Nipmuc tribe, dominated this region of
Worcester County. The Blackstone River was once called the Nipmuc River.
Most of Douglas is part of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage
The flag is blue with the town seal, consisting of a device on a yellow
shield surrounded by the words DOUGLAS and MASSACHUSETTS and two sets of
three chain links in a ring, and with the words Incorporated 1746 below
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