Framingham History Center App

In the Footsteps of a Civil War Hero: General Gordon’s Framingham

A self-guided audio tour of the historic Centre Common

Although it was far removed from the heat of battle, Framingham’s Centre Common carries echoes of the Civil War to this day. Download the Framingham History Center app and get to know General George H. Gordon, a Civil War hero and commander of the Massachusetts 2nd Regiment. Raised in Framingham, Gordon’s life here revolved around the Centre Common, from his early days at the Framingham Academy, to his retirement in the family homestead on the Sudbury River.

The inaugural program on the brand new Framingham History Center app is a self-guided walking tour of the Centre Common as General Gordon saw it. See the houses Gordon called home, the church where he worshiped, even visit his grave at Edgell Grove. Other sites include Framingham’s living Civil War memorial, the Edgell Memorial Library, and the home of congressman Charles R. Train, Gordon’s childhood friend and eventual aide-de-camp. Professional audio couples with original images from the Framingham History Center’s collection to give you a truly exciting and immersive way to explore a side of the Common you’ve never seen before.

Also available on the app, especially for children and families, are 3 activities to coincide with the architecture of the Edgell Memorial Library and the Civil War Exhibit. Be a Building Inspector! and take a closer look at the details of the Civil War memorial built in 1872. Inside the building, go on a Civil War Treasure Hunt and take a Civil War Photo Challenge. 

The Framingham History Center App is available for free on iPhone and Android devices.  Please visit your iPhone App Store or Google Play to download the  app. 


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