Natick was transformed from its farming lifestyle to a growing center of industry and commerce after the railroad came through the town in 1835. Production of shoes and baseballs put Natick on the map in the 19th century.
Business and Industry Through the Centuries in Natick
Shoemaking started in Natick in the 1830s. H. P. Harwood & Sons pioneered the “figure eight” modern baseball in 1858, in the first baseball factory in America. Today Natick is a dynamic retail, research, and computer services center.