Early settlement of the district was focused in Ware Center (located on Route 9), west of where the Main Street shopping district is today. As the colonies expanded west, commercial travelers along the Bay Path found Ware to be a convenient stopping point. A vigorous service economy, replete with numerous inns and taverns, was soon established. By the early 18th century, attention shifted to industrial development. The abundant waters of the Ware River, as it rushed over the falls near the eastern edge of town, were ideal to power future mills. Jabez Olmstead and Judah Marsh are named among the early industrialists who built saw and grist mills on the river and its tributaries.
With the arrival of the Industrial Revolution, the center of commerce shifted to the factory village where it exists today. The upper dam of the Ware River was built in 1824 to run the manufacturing complex.
Today, Ware stands proudly rooted in its history, and looks forward to its future. Our central location, commercial activity and unique rural features make this community an ideal place to visit, live, work and enjoy.
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