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The Edgell Memorial Library was built in 1872 as a monument to Civil War soldiers. The Victorian Gothic building was constructed with local funds, materials, and workers, and was the town's first free-standing public library. The community and the Framingham Historical Society prevented its demolition in 1963, when a new library was built. In 2011, the entire building, including the Gothic windows, were restored, and along with The Old Academy, is used as a cultural community center and curation facility by the Framingham History Center. It houses monthly programs, local history exhibitions (including a Civil War exhibit, and a museum shop [1].


  • Edgell Memorial Library (image from Framingham Historical Society)
  • Historical sketch of the library (image from Framingham Historical Society)
  • Edgell Memorial Library interior (image from Framingham Historical Society)
  • Interior sketch of the library (image from Framingham Historical Society)

The Edgell Memorial Library was built in 1872 as a monument to Civil War soldiers. The Victorian Gothic building was constructed with local funds, materials, and workers, and was the town's first free-standing public library. The community and the Framingham Historical Society prevented its demolition in 1963, when a new library was built. In 2011, the entire building, including the Gothic windows, were restored, and along with The Old Academy, is used as a cultural community center and curation facility by the Framingham History Center. It houses monthly programs, local history exhibitions (including a Civil War exhibit, and a museum shop [1].


1. Framingham History Center. "Edgell Memorial Library." Accessed June 16, 2016. http://www.framinghamhistory.org/