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Dunstable Town

Dunstable Town Hall is located at 511 Main Street, Dunstable, MA 01827; phone: 978-649-4514.

Town Hall (Roby Memorial Hall), ca. 1907, 511 Main Street, Dunstable, MA, National Register

Photo: Town Hall (Roby Memorial Hall), ca. 1907, 511 Main Street, Dunstable, MA. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. Photographed by User:John Phelan (own work), 2010, [cc-by-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed December, 2013.

Settled ca. 1656 and incorporated in 1673, Dunstable is named for a town of the same name in Bedfordshire, England, the home of the town's first settler, Edward Tyng [1600-1681].

Dunstable as described in 1937 [1]

Dunstable, is a farming hamlet named for the English birthplace of Mary Tyng, mother of Jonathan Tyng. (Dunstable derived from :dun," a hilly place, and "staple," a mart.)

The fur trade, timber and the stretches of fertile soil in the Merrimack and Nashua River Valleys attracted early settlers from around Boston. Dunstable's development was retarded by the Indian wars which raged here for 50 years without cessation; the families lived in garrisons.

  1. Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for Massachusetts, Massachusetts: A Guide to Its Places and People, American Guide Series, The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1937.
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