They were called Praying Indians - Eliot was best known for attempting to preserve the culture (minus the religion) of the Native Americans by putting them in thirteen planned towns where they could continue by their own rule, with Natick as the political and spiritual center.
Eliot and Praying Indian translators printed America's first written Bible in the Algonquian language.
In 1875, Natick's new Central Fire Station was completed on Summer Street and opened with grand ceremony on the same city block where the great fire was first discovered.
The Central Fire Station is now the home of a private non-profit community performing arts center called The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN).
Natick was the first and best documented of such settlements.
Many public services and public land use are located downtown.
Municipal buildings like the Natick Town Hall, Natick Fire Department, Natick Police Department and Morse Institute Library are located here along East Central Street.
Natick (pronounced /ˈneɪtɨk/) is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States.
Natick is located near the center of the Metro West region of Massachusetts, with a population of 32,170 at the 2000 census.