For a small, suburban town like Acton, it may seem surprising that it has a long and exciting history.
While from the outside, Acton may present the image of an unassuming suburb of Boston, but people have inhabited this area for over 7000 years, and the town has been an integral player in nearly every aspect of American history, from colonization in the 17th century to the second industrial revolution in the middle half of the 20th century. Included in this pictorial history of Acton, capturing the town's history from 1835 to 1985, are rare, engaging photographs from the comprehensive collections of the Acton Historical Society, the Iron Work Farm, and private collections. Vintage views of the homes, churches, schools, agricultural fairs, as well as the resort that once existed at Lake Nagog, the Morocco factory, and the great fire of West Acton are just some of the images that make Acton a book that will enlighten all who explore its pages.
About the Author
William A. Klauer grew up in Acton and became interested in the history of the community while in school. He has become involved with the preservation of many buildings and items of historical significance within the town. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Acton Historical Society and has served as a member of the Acton Historical Commission since 1972. His wife, Amber (Hayward) Klauer, shares his interest in Acton's history, as her ancestors were among the first settlers in the area.