Colonial Pepperell is best known for its Covered Bridge, Prudence Wright, and Battle of Bunker Hill commander, Colonel William Prescott. But the records of the District of "Pepperrell" show that many of Pepperell's residents supported the colonial movement toward independence from the British crown.
Here are some of the more dramatic Town Records entries found from the pre-revolutionary and Revolutionary War times:
- Meeting of the Inhabitants of the District of Pepperell, January 11, 1773 in response to the "Boston Pamphlet" outlining the encroachments on civil liberties by the British crown, including a response to Boston and a letter to the state representative.
- Resolutions by the Inhabitants of the District of Pepperell, June 27, 1774 regarding the increasingly imposing hand of the British crown on the colonies and the parlamentary acts known to colonists as the "Intolerable Acts."
- Raising of the Liberty Pole and the First American Flag flown in open defiance of the crown, August 29, 1774
- Revolutionary War - District Clerk's entry regarding the news of the Battles at Lexington and Concord, April 19, 1775
- Revolutionary War - District Clerk's entry regarding the news of the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775
- Declaration of Independence - Read aloud in Pepperell on September 15, 1776 and transcribed into the Town Records.
- Town Meeting Article from March 1777 - "To here (sic) the request of Leonard Whiting's guard (so called) and act anything in reference there unto as shall then be thot proper."