Growing up in Southborough: Memories and photos

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about this blog is the occasional story about what Southborough was like years ago. One keeper of such stories is Judith Bailey Keneman who grew up in Southborough in the 1950’s and 1960’s. She now lives in New Jersey.

Judith and her family lived in the Kidder Estate, now owned by Fay School. It’s located at the back of their new complex on Main Street. In a comment on the blog earlier this year, Judith said her memories of Southborough “are like a Norman Rockwell image.”

The old marble soda fountain at McCann’s Drug Store, skating on the pond at St. Mark’s School and getting warmed by the roaming fire inside the little stone house, trick or treating all over town with my friends, learning to swim in the Fay pool and playing tennis on the Fay courts, fishing in the reservoir, playing in the Kidder Sunken Garden, buying penny candy and comic books at the “spa” or “news shop,” watching “Sputnik” in the night sky with my Dad, and best of all, marching in the annual Memorial Day Parade – getting a flag to carry each year from Miss Finn (of Mary C, Finn School) and getting “Hoodsies” at the Community House after.

Judith sent along some old photos she found of the Kidder Estate. Click on the images to enlarge them. Check back for more about the Kidder home and its history later this week.

Dog and two girls in Kidder sunken garden arbor
Dog and two girls in Kidder sunken garden arbor
Lady and young boy on steps into Kidder sunken garden
Lady and young boy on steps into Kidder sunken garden
View into sunken garden from driveway of Kidder Estate
View into sunken garden from driveway of Kidder Estate

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