Holliston Boundary
 
 

Holliston Boundary Report - December 18, 2000

Our inspection and marking of the Holliston town boundary is complete. We attempted to locate all 36 boundary corner monuments and checked for addtional monuments at road crossings. Wherever monuments were located they were marked in black paint with the letter "H" and the digits "00". A total of 28 corner monuments and 4 road crossing monuments were located and marked.

In general the monuments are in good condition but many of them are tilted, limiting their value as surveying points. Three adjacent monuments along the Holliston-Sherborn boundary S of Washington Street were not recovered. These appear to be buried under leaves, brush, and lawn clippings. Also, a nearby monument N of Washington Street has fallen over and is in danger of becoming buried in silt. It may be prudent to recover and/or repair these monuments.

A table showing the location, description, and a photograph of each recovered monument is attached to this report along with several maps showing the relative locations of the monuments. A clickable map (1MB) shows the entire boundary and provides links to photos of the monuments.

Submitted December 18, 2000,
Brian J. Butler
Joan E. Butler

 

Boundary Monuments

No. Photo Adjoins Description
1 Ashland
Sherborn
Cut granite monument located on the E side of Dopping Brook at the junction of the Ashland, Holliston, and Sherborn boundaries, measuring 8" x 16" at the base and tapering slightly toward the top, standing 60" high and tilting 10 to the N, inscribed "A", "H", "S", and painted "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4214.274' W7125.227', inspected 8-Nov-2000, see detail map

2 Sherborn Cut granite monument located on the W side of Dopping Brook just S of Brook Street, 15" x 18" at the base and tapering to 10" x 12" at the top, standing 21" high, inscribed "H", "S", and painted "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4213.336' W7124.562', inspected 8-Nov-2000, see detail map

3 Sherborn Cut granite monument in a marsh between Brook Street and Washington Street, measuring 8" x 8" x 48", lying horizontal, inscribed "H", "S", and painted "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4213.115' W7124.630', inspected 8-Nov-2000, see detail map

4 Sherborn Cut granite monument with an arched top, located on a lawn just S of Washington Street, measuring 10" x 10", standing 40" high, inscribed "1829", "H", "S", and painted "1949", "54", "66", and "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4213.105' W7124.568', inspected 8-Nov-2000, see detail map

5 Sherborn Not found at expected location, possibly buried beneath brush and leaves behind a house on Cranberry Lane.

NAD27 Coordinates: N4213.095' W7124.523', see detail map

6 Sherborn Not found at expected location, possibly buried beneath brush and leaves or subsided into marshy area east of Cranberry Lane.

NAD27 Coordinates: N4213.050' W7124.506', see detail map

7 Sherborn Not found at expected location, possibly buried beneath brush and leaves or subsided into marshy area east of Cranberry Lane.

NAD27 Coordinates: N4213.062' W7124.491', see detail map

8 Sherborn Cut granite monument at a fence corner near high tension lines, measuring 8" x 8" with only 2" above ground, no visible inscriptions, top painted "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4213.079' W7124.477', inspected 8-Nov-2000, see detail map

9 Sherborn Cut granite monument adjacent to a sign marking the town line on Whitney Street, measuring 8" x 8" x 48" with a pyramidal top, tilting 10 S, inscribed "H", "S", and painted "66", "1947", and "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4212.917' W7124.152', inspected 15-Nov-2000, see detail map

10 Sherborn Cut granite monument measuring 6" x 8" x 48", tilting 45 S, inscribed "H", "S", and painted "66" and "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4212.881' W7124.250', inspected 15-Nov-2000, see detail map

11 Sherborn Cut granite monument measuring 6" x 8" x 48" located in a marsh, tilting 45 W, inscribed "H", "S", and painted "1949" and "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4212.859' W7124.249', inspected 15-Nov-2000, see detail map

12 Sherborn Not accessible on first attempt due to water level in marsh.

NAD27 Coordinates: N4212.467' W7123.855', see detail map

13 Sherborn Cut granite monument measuring 12" x 12" at the base, tapering to 6" x 6" at the top, tilting 15 W, located at the end of a stone fence along the town line, inscribed "H", "S", and painted "66", "1949", and "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4212.421' W7123.665', inspected 15-Nov-2000, see detail map

14 Sherborn Cut granite monument measuring 12" x 12" at the base, tapering to 6" x 6" with a pyramidal top, located in open woods, inscribed "H", "S", and painted "49" and "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4212.576' W7123.526', inspected 15-Nov-2000, see detail map

15 Sherborn Cut granite monument measuring 8" x 8" at the base, tapering to 6" x 6" with a pyramidal top, 48" high, located on the E side of the gas pipeline cut, inscribed "H", "S" and painted "49", "54", "66", and "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4212.478' W7123.341', inspected 15-Nov-2000, see detail map

16 Sherborn Cut granite monument measuring 8" x 8" at the base, tapering to 6" x 6" with a pyramidal top, 48" high, located adjacent to a roadway and the gas pipeline cut, inscribed "H", "S" and painted "49", "54", "66", and "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4212.253' W7123.325', inspected 15-Nov-2000, see detail map

17 Sherborn Cut granite monument measuring 12" x 8" at the base and tapering to 6" x 4" at the top, 48" high, located on a rocky knoll in front of a house on Nason Hill Rd (Sherborn), inscribed "H", "S", and painted "1949", "54", "66", and "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4212.100' W7122.835', inspected 15-Nov-2000, see detail map

17A Sherborn Cut granite monument measuring 6" x 6" x 48", located on the N side of Central Street, inscribed "H", "S", and painted "49", "54", "66", and "H-00". This monument marks a road crossing, not a boundary corner.

NAD27 Coordinates: N4212.100' W7122.835', inspected 17-Nov-2000, see detail map

18 Millis
Sherborn
Cut granite monument standing 48" high, cross sectional shape is a triangle with flattened corners resulting in six faces, 3 of which taper from 10" wide at the base to 4" wide at the top. The remaining faces are a constant 2" wide from base to top. Evidently this style was chosen because this is a tri-town monument marking the junction of Holliston, Millis, and Sherborn. The monument is inscribed "H", "M", "S", and painted "1949", "54", "66", "70", "76", and "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4211.515' W7123.115', inspected 17-Nov-2000, see detail map

19 Millis Cut granite monument measuring 8" x 10" at the base and tapering to 4" x 6" at the slightly domed top, located inside a wire fence attached to a house on Willow Gate, inscribed "H", "M", and painted "70', "76", and "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4211.299' W7124.296', inspected 17-Nov-2000, see detail map

20 Medway
Millis
Cut granite monument measuring 8" x 8" x 48" tapering to 6" x 6" with a pyramidal top, located at the edge of a small stream in brushy woods, inscribed "H", "M", "M", and painted "41", "70", "76", and "H-00". This monument marks the junction of Holliston, Medway, and Millis.

NAD27 Coordinates: N4210.722' W7124.160', inspected 17-Nov-2000, see detail map

21 Medway Cut granite monument measuring 8" x 8" x 48" tapering to 6" x 6" with a pyramidal top, located beside a stone fence near the first house on Norfolk Lane, inscribed "H", "M", and painted "41", "75", and "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4210.678' W7125.438', inspected 17-Nov-2000, see detail map

22 Medway Cut granite monument measuring 8" x 8" x 48" tapering to 6" x 6" with a pyramidal top, located at a junction of stone fences near a garage at the back of a field on Norfolk Lane, slightly tilted and rotated, inscribed "H", "M", and painted "41" and "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4210.751' W7125.447', inspected 17-Nov-2000, see detail map

23 Medway Cut granite monument measuring 8" x 6" x 24" tapering to 5" x 6" at top, located on the E side of Highland Street beside a concrete road sign indicating the town line, inscribed "H", "M", and painted "41", "75", and "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4210.754' W7125.842', inspected 28-Nov-2000, see detail map

24 Medway Not found at expected location beside Summer Street. Differences between the topographic map and the field indicate that the monument may have been removed during road widening and/or straightening.

NAD27 Coordinates: N4210.483' W7126.664', inspected 28-Nov-2000, see detail map

25 Medway Cut granite monument measuring 10" x 10" x 42" tapering to 6" x 3" at the top with rough and irregular faces, located near a marsh SW of Hopping Brook Park and near a housing development on the Medway side, inscribed "H", "M", and painted "41" and "H-00", also bearing orange paint from recent surveying activity. It is much easier to reach this monument from the Medway side than via Hopping Brook.

NAD27 Coordinates: N4209.483' W7127.873', inspected 28-Nov-2000, see detail map

26 Medway Not accessible on first attempt due to water level in marsh.

NAD27 Coordinates: N4209.399' W7128.391', see detail map

26A Medway Cut granite monument measuring 10" x 10" x 48", located on the W side of South Street, inscribed "H", "M", and painted "41", "75", and "H-00". This monument marks a road crossing, not a boundary corner.

NAD27 Coordinates: N4209.399' W7128.391', see detail map

27 Medway
Milford
Cut granite monument with roughly triangular cross section with faces 10" and 12" wide, set in a a base of stones, inscribed "H", "M", "M", and painted "H-00". This monument marks the junction of Holliston, Medway, and Milford and also the junction of Middlesex, Norfolk, and Worcester counties. It is the southernmost point in Middlesex County.

NAD27 Coordinates: N4209.398' W7128.716', inspected 28-Nov-2000, see detail map

28 Milford Cut granite monument measuring 12" x 14" x 48", located beside a fire hydrant on Courtland Street, inscribed "H" on two sides and "M" on two sides, and painted "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4209.944' W7128.708', inspected 28-Nov-2000, see detail map

29 Milford Cut granite monument measuring 7" x 7" x 60", located on the E side of small hill and rock outcrop, deeply inscribed "H" and "M" on dressed faces near the top of the monument, and painted "H-00". The best approach to this monument is via the high tension line cut and avoiding the marsh to the SW.

NAD27 Coordinates: N4209.963' W7129.617', inspected 1-Dec-2000, see detail map

30 Milford Cut granite monument measuring 8" x 14" x 60" tapering to 6" x 4" at the top, located beside several large boulders, inscribed "H" on one side and "M" on two sides, and painted "41" (faint), "H-00" and "00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4209.992' W7129.875', inspected 1-Dec-2000, see detail map

31 Hopkinton
Milford
Cut granite monument 48" high with triangular cross section, each face measuring 18", inscribed "H", "H", "M", and painted "H-00", some red paint visible on Hopkinton side. This monument marks the junction of Holliston, Hopkinton, and Milford.

NAD27 Coordinates: N4211.476' W7130.191', inspected 8-Dec-2000, see detail map

31A Hopkinton Cut granite monument measuring 8" x 8" x 14" located on the SW side of Hanlon Rd., no inscriptions, painted "H-00". This monument marks a road crossing, not a boundary corner.

NAD27 Coordinates: N4211.699' W7129.806', inspected 8-Dec-2000, see detail map

32 Hopkinton Not found at expected location NE of Hanlon Road.

NAD27 Coordinates: N4211.699' W7129.806', see detail map

33 Hopkinton Cut granite monument measuring 14" x 14" at the base and tapering to 4" x 4" at the top, 48" high, located near the top of a hill next to a dirt road off of Prentice Street, inscribed "H", "H", and painted "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4212.347' W7128.976', inspected 18-Dec-2000, see detail map

33A Hopkinton Cut granite monument measuring 8" x 8" x 36", located on the S side of North Mill Street, inscribed "H", "H", and painted "78" and "H-00". This monument marks a road crossing, not a boundary corner.

NAD27 Coordinates: N4212.347' W7128.976', inspected 18-Dec-2000, see detail map

34 Hopkinton Not found during an extensive search of the expected location. There are many fallen trees in the immediate vicinity so the monument has possibly been knocked over. The ground is also very wet, another reason the monument may have fallen.

NAD27 Coordinates: N4212.967' W7127.638', see detail map

35 Hopkinton Cut granite monument measuring 8" x 8" x 36", located at the end of a stone fence behind houses on Wildlife Drive in Hopkinton, tilted 10 toward the S, inscribed "H", "H", and painted "78" and "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4213.605' W7127.861', inspected 18-Dec-2000, see detail map

36 Ashland
Hopkinton
Cut granite monument measuring 8" x 8" x 36", located adjacent to a town line sign on Spring Street in Hopkinton, inscribed "A", "H", "H", and painted "1940", "78", "93", and "H-00".

NAD27 Coordinates: N4213.845' W7128.046', inspected 18-Dec-2000, see detail map