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The same headstone following recent volunteer efforts.
The same headstone following recent volunteer efforts.

PEPPERELL – Many pedestrians and drivers pass over the beautiful covered bridge near downtown Pepperell. The town’s people are particularly proud of their covered bridge because there are only 12 in the state of Massachusetts. But this area is where a historic story began on that cold April night in 1775. A party of patriotic women, under the leadership of Prudence Wright, of Pepperell, captured Leonard Whiting, a Tory who was carrying treasonable dispatches to the enemy at Boston. He was taken prisoner to Groton and the dispatches were sent to the committee of safety in Cambridge.”

The Prudence Wright Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, has continued to honor the American soldiers in many ways since its founding 130 years ago on October 11. For the past six years they have participated in the Annual National DAR Day of Service. This year the Daughters honored our American soldiers by weeding and cleaning the area of over 100 flush veteran grave markers in the two cemeteries on Park Street.

This project was spearheaded by member Susan Lofquist. DAR members were joined by 10 students and faculty of the National Honor Society of North Middlesex Regional High School. DAR volunteers who worked for about 2-1/2 hours that day included: Diane Barletta, Wendy Cummings, Debbie Giuffre, Llewellyn Sherrod, Ellen Slentz, Terri Zwicker, and friend of the Chapter, Jean Connolly.

The Prudence Wright Chapter NSDAR meets the 3rd Monday of the month April – November, 6:30 pm at the Chapter House at 1 Park Street adjacent to the Walton cemetery. For more information including membership, visit or call Regent Wendy Cummings at 978-433-8826.




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