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  • Ware, Town of

    • TOWN INFORMATION
    126 Main Street
    Ware, MA 01082
    (413) 967-9648
    Hours:
    Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    About Us

    The land that now makes up the Town of Ware was originally granted to John Read in 1716. He named the district ?The Manour of Peace?and established an early settlement there. As the town grew and read more
    • About

      The land that now makes up the Town of Ware was originally granted to John Read in 1716. He named the district ?The Manour of Peace?and established an early settlement there. As the town grew and flourished, the current name of Ware was adopted. It is believed to have its roots in the Native American word ?Nenameseck? for the weirs or fish traps that were used at the base of the falls on the Ware River. The town?s seal commemorates this fact and activity, depicting the taking of salmon from a productive spot just below the falls.


      Early settlement of the district was focused in Ware Center (located on Route 9), an area somewhat west of where the Main St. shopping district is now located. As the colonies expanded west, commercial travelers along the Bay Path found Ware to be a convenient stopping point. A vigorous service economy replete with numerous inns and taverns was soon established. By the early 18th century, attention had focused on the potential for industrial development to be powered by the abundant waters of the Ware River as it rushed over the falls near the eastern edge of town. Jabez Olmstead and Judah Marsh are named among the early industrialists who built saw and grist mills on the river and its tributaries. To Read and learn more click the globe icon to link to The Town of Ware'sd Homepage.

    • Highlights

      • Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge
      • Ware Center Meeting House
      • Clothing Mills
      • Town Pool / Park
      • Grenville Park
    • Whom to Contact

      • Veterans Agent
        Phone: (413) 967-9635
      • Planning Board
        Phone: (413) 967-9637
      • Fire Chief
        Phone: (413) 967-5901
      • Tax Collector
        Phone: (413) 967-9602
      • Board of Health
        Phone: (413) 967-9615
      • Lynn Lak
        Historical Commission
        Phone: (413) 967-7223
      • Chief of Police
        Phone: (413) 967-3571
      • Nancy Talbot
        Town Clerk
        Phone: (413) 967-9648 x103
    • Directions

      126 Main St Ware, Ma. 01082 (Use www.mapquest.com to retrieve directions)