July 31, 2004
The Heywood Company began in 1826 when the five Heywood brothers began making chairs at the corner of Central and Elm Streets, which was their father's home. In 1834, the operation moved to its present location, and in 1867, the business became the Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Company, until 1921, when it was re-named Heywood-Wakefield. The company no longer has manufacturing operations in Gardner, but some of its buildings in the complex have been beautifully restored into apartments and professional offices.
My parents used to live in one of the apartments, but the rent became really steep due to the popularity of this historic site and they had to move. And I used to work at the Heywood-Wakefield furniture factory when I was a high school lad, and did so for about a year after school was out. Then in later years, when it developed into a shell, I worked for a security company who oversaw the security measures of the building.
It now remains a major sight in the city of Gardner. A local treasure, they say.
From journal Walking Tour of Gardner