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Eye Glasses Monument

Mechanics Street, Town Common, Southbridge, MA 01550
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Exactly as the title suggests.

I was driving back to Boston from Hartford and was eager to take in a classic road-side attraction... read more

Reviewed 7 February 2017
Leon M
via mobile
"a fitting tribute to a town which settled and grew around the optical industry"

Beautiful monument, very unusual and very fitting for a town which became very famous for the... read more

Reviewed 1 February 2017
Southbridge, Massachusetts
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Mechanics Street, Town Common, Southbridge, MA 01550
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Reviewed 7 February 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

Thank Leon M
Reviewed 1 February 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.

Thank Helenti2014
Reviewed 27 December 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.

Thank Tammy F
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Took a quick stop to take in a bit of American History. Area is nice. Right next to park. Love to take some #roadsideamerica attractions.

Thank Aileen V
Reviewed 19 May 2016

The truth is It is a hotel, today. and, there is no exhibit of such history, other than a single page "redevelopment" aspect of this local historical factory in the guest room binder. Or, if there is, the staff did a poor job not letting...More

Thank One_Big_Hopping_Dot
Reviewed 4 June 2015

The history of Southbridge is incomplete without American Optical...generations of families started realtionships and carrers here....nice Pop Art take to honor it! If you get the "frames" righ for the photo, you get the glasses and the tower.

Thank aurevoir16805
Reviewed 22 April 2015

Once upon a time, Southbridge, MA was the center of the optics world. No longer but this unique, eyeglasses shaped monument and bench is located across the street from the location of the former American Optical Co. and pays tribute to the inventions, the industry...More

Thank andesalive
Reviewed 21 April 2015

Years ago, the American Optical Company was the town's largest employer with ab out 5,000 employees. It provided glasses of many sorts and special sunglasses for the military serving in heavy snow areas. The location is now known as the Department of Defense training facility...More

Thank Dino T
Reviewed 14 February 2015

A must visit and see if you are in the area. It is what the Town of Southbridge is all about. A magnificent sight!

Thank cher480
Reviewed 14 November 2013

A simple work of art on lawn of AO basically big eyeglasses to commemorate the old manufacturing base this plant and town offered 100 years ago up till 1980's. This AO location is a piece of history for the town and area. Town common lawn...More

Thank k123-foodie
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