The village that became Webster, originally known as Oxford South Gore, was founded in 1812 by Rhode Island industrialist Samuel Slater when he was looking for a new place to build a textile mill. The town has a total area of 14.5 square miles, and the population was almost 16,900 at the 2009 census. Webster is 18 miles south of Worcester, 56 miles southwest of Boston, and 33 miles northwest of Providence, Rhode Island.
The 45-letter alternative name for Webster Lake is often cited as the longest place name in the U.S. and one of the longest in the world. The Town of Webster was incorporated in 1832 and, because of it's industrialization, has a very colorful history. Webster attracted immigrants from all over the world due to the abundance of jobs and the pleasant living conditions in such a natural setting.
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