As Boylston prepares for the traditional “perambulating of the bounds,” as required under state laws dating back to the 1600s, it is one of very few towns regularly undertaking the process.

It was last done in 2010, so the town is about six years behind.

But most communities have not done the process, which involves walking the borders of the town and updating border markers, for many years, often decades.

These pictures show two bound stones on the Hopedale-Mendon line. They are by Hartford Avenue in front of the Bicknell Cemetery.

Freedom Street at the Milford-Hopedale line.

Maple Street - Hopedale-Milford
In the Mill River by Route 140. Hopedale-Milford
The stone where the boundaries of Hopedale, Mendon and Upton meet.
Laurelwood in Hopedale. Hopedale-Mendon
Neck Hill Road - Hopedale-Mendon
Dutcher Street near West Street.
Stone by North Pond - Milford, Upton, Hopkinton.
East Street - Upton-Hopkinton
School Street - Upton-Hopkinton

At the Sudbury/Framingham line on Edgell Road/Nobscot Road.

Waverly Street/Rt 135 at the Framingham-Ashland line. Hiding in plain sight.

Stones on the Framingham/Ashland line at Salem End Road.

The Ashland-Framingham border at Fountain Street

The Ashland-Holliston border at Prospect Street.

Sherborn and Framingham line on Kendall Avenue.

The Sudbury-Maynard line on Route 27.

The Hopkinton-Westborough line on Route 135.

Thompson, Connecticut and Douglas, Massachusetts.

Mendon-Millville border at Millville Street, Mendon.


Town Line Bound Stones