Making History Matter
Today, there are several important industries operating in Braintree and key players in the region. Braintree’s entrepreneurial spirit continues to build on the foundations laid by the town’s forefathers. The Braintree Historical Society, founded in 1930, celebrates the past, recognizes the present and encourages our future as a growing community for its citizens and neighbors.
Braintree's History of Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Business.
Within the confines of Old Braintree there were several brooks and ponds, a sizable river, the Monatiquot, and miles of shore front with an abundance of salt and fresh water meadows. It was a most desirable area for the farmer, the fishermen, the shipbuilder and the manufacturer.
By 1837, Braintree produced 130,000 pairs of boots and shoes; 2 paper mills manufactured 182 tons of paper; 1 manufacturing plant made 215 tons of nails; 1 machinery plant turned out $150,000 worth of cotton and woolen goods and an extraordinary variety of useful articles from ticket punches to fans.
1643 - The first attempt at manufacturing began with an iron ore factory built by John Winthrop.
1789 – Eli Hayden built the “Massachusetts” for the China trade. At 116 feet overall, it was the largest ship in the country.
1800 – Samuel Hayden began the boot and shoe industry.
1823 – Oliver Ames et al, reestablished the iron works as the Braintree Manufactory.
1825 – The Boston and Braintree Copper and Brass Manufactory was formed.
1854 – George Thomas established a shipyard and built clipper ships.