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Travel Back in Time: The Sprague Clock Tower

Travel Back in Time with the Wednesday Patch Passport, to discover the history and roots of Wellesley.

Travel Back in Time: The Sprague Clock Tower Travel Back in Time: The Sprague Clock Tower Travel Back in Time: The Sprague Clock Tower Travel Back in Time: The Sprague Clock Tower

The name Sprague is almost as popular as Hunnewell in Wellesley. While not quite the founding family, the Sprague did leave their mark on this Western Suburb.

The Sprague Clock Tower, located at the intersection of Routes 9 and 16, is named for famous Massachusetts resident Isaac Sprague V. Sprague chaired the Tower Building Committee and donated its stone from his own land, according to the . The tower, along with the surrounding Elm Park, is part of the National Register of Historic Places, which lists a “period of significance” for the structure beginning in 1900.

The tower, which was designed by Benjamin Proctor, houses the clock and bell from the Shaw School, which was torn down in 1924, according to the Wellesley Historical Society.

The Rotary Club of Wellesley's fund drive, supplemented by town monies and other donations, paid for the illumination of the tower in 2005.

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