Who Was the "Minot" in Minot's Corner?

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Today’s “You Asked, Patch Answers” address a question surrounding the busiest intersection in town, Minot’s Corner.

However, the question isn’t about traffic at the corner of Littleton, Boston and Carlisle Roads, but who exactly Minot was. If one looks closely while making a right hand turn off Exit 32, they can see the answer, but we can help out those who don’t feel like risking their life at that tricky intersection to search for the small plaque in front of the .

Minot refers to the Minot family, especially Capt. Jonathan Minot.

Jonathan wasn’t the first to live in the house where the Mobil on the Run now stands, as the family emigrated from England in the early to mid 1700s, and the family continued to live there until the 1940s, when it was replaced with Polly’s Restaurant and eventually the gas station that is there today.

A picture showing what the intersection looked like when Polly’s was there is available in the Westford Police Department main station lobby, just to the left of the dispatch window.

The term “Minot’s Corner” was in place by 1903, and possibly earlier.

Jonathan Minot also supposedly built the Gilbert Parker House, still located just north of the Jack Walsh Field.

Chris Daley July 10, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Westford would be more attractive and safe to live here w more courteous drivers. The town needs a sidewalk down Boston Rd all the way from Common to 110. How about it people? Hildreth St. is historical too w cars rushing past you as you jump into the roadside nettles. Marked a scenic road full of houses and driveways, the newly repainted yellow centerline = commuter feeder road. I want my neighborhood back!
Rachel Amato July 10, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Absolutely and a sidewalk from 110 to Tadmuck and all the way down Tadmuck to Main St. Any newly paved roads people speed on. Ours is a scenic road too and paved last year, the night after they finished repaving two bad accidents on it.
Chris Daley July 11, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Thanks Rachel for replying. Yes the 110 business, high tech , Nashoba Vocational HS certainly could use a sidewalk, Tadmuck Rd and Main St.narrow hill past Tedeschis all need better pedestrian access. Town politicians seem to be in denial about reality because they dont have the initiative to face the safety problem.


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