Blackstone Historic District
Blackstone began as a simple crossroads settlement known as Black’s and White’s. In the late 18th century, travelers had the option of staying at Francis White’s tavern or at a tavern owned by John Schwartz. “Schwartz” was the German word for “black,” hence the nickname. It grew into a thriving town in the 1880s and was renamed in honor of the British jurist Sir William Blackstone. The historic Schwartz Tavern remains intact today as do many other structures in the Blackstone Historic District.
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