This is a serialization of the new book written by Carl Flowers, owner of Silveus Plantation, the subject of "Groton's Anonymous Mistress." This 300-year-old house is accessed by Kemp Street near the boundary of Groton and Dunstable.
By Carl Flowers
Among the five documents showing a definitive existence of Dan Parker Road was the 1963 Groton Master Plan and its accompanying General Plan. The legend shows Dan Parker Road as a "LOCAL ROAD," just as Raddin Road, Martin's Pond Road, Rocky Hill Road and many other roads are shown. In addition to the Groton Master Plan, the 1966 General Highway Map of Middlesex County clearly states in its legend, "ROADS DESIGNATED AS PRIVATE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES ARE NOT SHOWN." You have to wonder what the Court didn't understand about what the legend said on the two maps. A new 2011 Groton Precinct Map has been made and it shows a Dan Parker Road. Someone else besides me has referred to the road passing by the Mistress as Dan Parker Road over the past 80 years.
Does this mean certain individuals perjured themselves about the existence of Dan Parker Road? I say yes, along with intentional discrimination. Maybe the person who deleted Dan Parker Road from the town's maps beginning with the 2002 Groton Precinct Map is one of the changes that occurred in Town Hall.
The court failed to acknowledge the significance of the requirements of Chapter 131, Section 4, of Massachusetts Acts of 1923. The statute said, "assessors, assistant assessors, or one or more of them, shall annually, in April or May, visit every building in their respective cities and towns and, after diligent inquiry, shall make true lists containing, as nearly as they can ascertain, the name, age, occupation and residence on April first in the current year, and the residence on April first the preceding year, of every male person twenty years of age or older, residing in their respective cities and towns, liable to be assessed for a poll tax."