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Keeping history real

As the town appears to be a “historical company town” with a large optical fabrication factory that... read more

Reviewed January 29, 2018
Seattle, Washington
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Iconic Eyeglasses in front of the Former AO Main Offices in Southbridge

It's a great photo opportunity to see the Iconic glasses that American Optical was so famous for... read more

Reviewed November 10, 2017
Southbridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed January 29, 2018 via mobile

As the town appears to be a “historical company town” with a large optical fabrication factory that once operated in Southbridge, it is fitting to have a large eye glass monument. Staying true to their roots and honoring their past.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank trainhard111
Reviewed November 10, 2017

It's a great photo opportunity to see the Iconic glasses that American Optical was so famous for during its long history in Southbridge, MA. AO was the major manufacturer of glasses in the United States from the later 1800's until it was moved to Mexico....More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank bclemence1978
Reviewed November 9, 2017 via mobile

A nice monument of a huge pair of glasses in the town common. Nice for photos but there is alot of history behind the "glasses" as well. I will not ruin it for you but a hint is... reasearch American Optical in Southbridge MA for...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Thomas R
Reviewed October 12, 2017

and see the former factory and offices - now a convention center. The Center includes the front facade of the original 1902 factory, and center tower and marble stairwell. This is an exceptional and well done facility.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank RayBoas
Reviewed September 12, 2017

Perfect place to go sight seeing. It's like a normal pair of glasses, but on a much larger scale. I'd give it a 20/20.

Date of experience: March 2017
4  Thank mimechoir
Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

A must see when visiting Southbridge MA!Combines very nicely with a visit to Optical Heritage Museum and/or a tour of the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Moniquern712
Reviewed July 22, 2017

After visiting the Optical Heritage Museum, I worked my way over to see this related monument. It’s a piece of folk art that pays tribute to Southbridge’s optical industry history. I would have liked to see a larger monument. But, it’s worth a look. I...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Maurene_K
Reviewed February 7, 2017 via mobile

I was driving back to Boston from Hartford and was eager to take in a classic road-side attraction on the way. These 20ft glasses were just a short drive from the main highway and perfectly fulfilled my interest in seeing something in the category of...More

Date of experience: January 2017
2  Thank leonm636
Reviewed February 1, 2017

Beautiful monument, very unusual and very fitting for a town which became very famous for the American Optical Company and the eye-glass industry.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Helenti2014
Reviewed December 27, 2016

Just a large glasses on street, you cant miss it. The park by it is very nice. The hotel conference center across the street has some great information on the first floor.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Tammy F
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