A Babe in the Woods: Polly Wilbore, 1796–1979

William F. Hanna

In January 1976, the Massachusetts Legislature appropriated $10 million for the construction of a Route 495 extension that would carry the highway from Mansfield through parts of Norton, Raynham, Taunton, Middleborough and Rochester before ending at Route 25 in Wareham. Once the go-ahead was given topographical and engineering studies began immediately and work was underway as soon as the weather permitted.

Because some areas along the proposed route were heavily forested, surveying teams under the supervision…