Wakefield’s Bandstand

by Nancy Bertrand The story of Wakefield’s iconic bandstand began over a decade before its construction. The year was 1871, and the newly christened Town of Wakefield had become serious about self improvement. With its magnificent new Town Hall (a gift from Cyrus Wakefield) freshly completed, the town considered other projects. A brand new fire…

The Wakefield Rattan Industry

written by John Wall and published in Wakefield: 350 Years by the Lake  published by Wakefield 350, 1994, Copyright   The history of the Wakefield Rattan Company and its successor, the Heywood-Wakefield Company is a story told in two parts. Part I is the rags-to-riches tale of Cyrus Wakefield, a poor New Hampshire farm boy…

The Remarkable Mr. Wakefield

by Jim Wulff a biography, excerpted from Wakefield: 350 Years by the Lake (copyright 1994, Wakefield 350). (*To see Wakefield’s history on WCVB’s CHRONICLE program, and hear the story of how the town got its name, click here.) Upon the death of Cyrus Wakefield, the Wakefield Banner said, “The death of Cyrus Wakefield has cast a gloom over the community…