About That Rebellion: One of the major events in the early history of this country was Shay's Rebellion, where an over-taxed farmer and unpaid ex-revolutionary war soldier led a rebellion against government. As a kid in HS history class, your mind's more on girls, sports and cars than some historical artifact, but 60 years and tons of perspective later that changes. I had ridden by this place hundreds of times and never given it a second glance. This one day last month; however, the door was open and I stopped. The historical marker caught my attention. It should be noted that the soldiers under General Lincoln were financed by (MA) governor Bowdoin's business associates. Bowdoin imposed taxes higher than the British, so that his business associates could get a good rate of return. Unable to pay off debts and taxes, poor farmers like Daniel Shays were arrested and their farms foreclosed and sold. Thus the rebellion, which was an event that influenced the formation of the U.S. Constitution. The adjacent building, which is now the town's historical society, held a good number of historically interesting objects, the largest of which was an old stagecoach. Tool buffs, especially machinists, may recognize Athol, as funny as the name might be to others, as the home of Starrett tools. The building and historical marker are located at coordinates 42.489433, -72.185919.