Twelve Worcester County Libraries have joined in the celebration of the Worcester Revolution of 1774 to bring a county-wide read of Ray Raphael's
First American Revolution: Beyond Lexington and Concordto the region. The county-wide read is being done as a part The Spirit of '74 County-Wide Read to recognize the 4,622 militiamen from 37 towns of Worcester County who marched down Main Street in Worcester, shut down the Crown-controlled county courthouse and, for the first time ever in the American colonies, effectively overthrew British authority to become independent. The date was September 6, 1774. Not a shot was fired.