The location of the town center has been the object of much discussion on this blog. I encountered this lovely little stanza in Sarah Jones book, ‘Sketches’ that relates the opinion of one person:
“The North End people make their brags
This town is just like saddle bags
The Center is the straps they say
We’ll cut them off some future day.”
It is a apparently a remnant of a much larger set of verses, one does wonder what was said about Nepaug (which tried to claim title) and Bakerville. From this short clip, it does seem that the author probably was not sympathetic to the North Village’s claim.