New Exhibit: Ichabod Washburn Benevolent Fund

Motto and seal from Washburn's autobiography, ca. 1870

Motto and seal from Washburn's autobiography, ca. 1870

The Ichabod Washburn Benevolent Fund was established over 130 years ago through a bequest to the Town of Kingston. Washburn, who was born and raised in Kingston, made his fortune as a wire manufacturer in Worcester but never forgot his hometown or the struggles of his mother, who raised her family alone after the death of her husband. In 1869, Washburn’s will left $10,000 to the Town for the creation of a fund from which interest would be distributed to “widows and maiden ladies of good character and reputation.” Original account books, receipts and other records of the Fund are now on display in the Local History Room exhibit case.

Ichabod Washburn and wife, no date

Ichabod Washburn and wife, no date

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