Sunderland celebrates 300 years of community: Viewpoint

It was that soil which no doubt drew early settlers more than three centuries ago to what is the southernmost community in Franklin County and which has proven to be the lifeblood of the town once known as Swampfield.  Drive Route 47 along North and South Main streets through the heart of Sunderland and you’ll find historic (and newer) homes that stand on some of the original 40 lots designated when the town was incorporated in 1718, fronted by now towering maple trees planted many decades ago. Better yet, return when fall’s foliage season turns those maples ablaze in shades of red, orange and yellow, and a trip through Sunderland is well worth the trek from wherever you come. Be sure not to miss what is believed to be the oldest sycamore tree east of the Mississippi River, a button ball tree that is estimated to be older than the town itself.

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