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Isolated from major transportation routes throughout much of its history, Lynnfield remained primarily agricultural until the mid-twentieth century. As early as 1638, residents of Lynn divided and occupied land in this area, which became a separate parish in 1712. Some shoe production occurred under the putting-out system in the early nineteenth century, but consolidation of the industry into factories by the time of the Civil War killed those opportunities. Few industries prospered here in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Following World War II, rapid residential development claimed the former agricultural land for upper- middle-class subdivisions, the population quadrupling between 1940 and 1975.

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Keith N. Morgan

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