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From 1940 to 1949, John and Margaret Byrne and family operated a small dairy farm on
Hartford Avenue. The barn was on the Mendon side of the road, while the house and most
of the fields were on the Hopedale side. The three pictures at the top of this page are
from those days. In 1949, they moved to a larger farm in Littleton, and the Hopedale place
was sold, first to Varney Brothers and in 1952, to Draper Corporation. Draper then built
the airport on the site, and it opened in January 1953.
Before it was an airport, it was a farm. In the 1940s, the
farm belonged to the John and Margaret Byrne family.