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The Green is believed to have been laid out under the direction of Samuel Collins just before 1836 when the Congregational Church was built, and in the 1840’s when the homes along The Green were constructed. In the 19th century, it had more of a town green appearance, having been designed as a rectangular greensward with a crossed path in the shape of an X through the center for buggies and wagons. Pedestrian pathways existed where the sidewalks are today. Turn of the century photographs show picket fences and elm trees in front of the houses. Most of the stately homes on The Green were at one time occupied by executives of the Collins Company.