Webster, located in south central Massachusetts, is home to the glacially created Webster Lake. The lake, famously kwn as Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, was responsible for sustaining a significant Native American population. Its waterpower potential attracted Samuel Slater, the father of American manufacturers, to locate his textile mills here, and in 1832, at Slater s behest, the towns of Oxford and Dudley reluctantly granted the land for Webster s formation. Many immigrants were attracted to the town because of mill employment and the pleasant living conditions near the lake. Through vintage photographs, Webster highlights this town s mill life and the lake s impact on its development.