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Roxbury's "Boston" Post Cane Award

Roxbury, Maine

The Boston Post Cane tradition was established in 1909 by the Boston Post newspaper. A special cane  was presented to the Board of Selectmen in 431 towns in New England, to be presented as an honor to  each town's eldest resident. The recipient held the honor as long as he/she lived. Upon his or her  death the cane would be awarded to the next eldest resident. 

The Town of Roxbury would like to start our Towns tradition of recognizing one of our eldest citizen’s with recognition of The Boston Cane. The cane would belong to the Town and not the resident who received it in order to provide for the reservation and public awareness of the tradition and protection of the cane from loss or damage.

The Board of Selectmen or his or her designee shall present the eldest resident with the cane and have their picture taken. The name of the honoree to be inscribed on a plaque to eventually be displayed along with the original Boston Post Cane at the Town Office.

Eligibility and Selection:

The holder of the Boston Cane must be the eldest known resident and must reside in the Town of Roxbury for a minimum of 5 years. The term 'resident' refers to a person who intends to physically reside at a fixed, permanent and principal home in the town.

The applicant for the Boston Cane must be a Roxbury, Maine resident though they may be living outside of Roxbury with family or in an assisted living/nursing facility. It is understood that  the person would be living in Roxbury, Maine if it were possible.

Recognizing that the Town has no formal means of identifying residents by age, selection of the  honoree shall be by the Board of Selectmen and the Town Clerk.

Method to Search for Oldest Resident:

There shall be a notice posted and publicized in other ways which are normally seen by the residents.  Nominations for those residents who can prove their age and has been a resident of Roxbury, Maine  for a minimum of 5 years. All nominations must be received in the Town Clerk's Office 60 days from  the date of the posting of the notice. The nomination may come from family or friends. A nomination form may be obtained from the Town Clerk's Office or E-Mail or by printing it from our web site.


The Roxbury Board of Selectmen or his/hers designee shall present Roxbury’s eldest resident with a plaque certificate signifying the honor.

The location of the presentation will be determined according to the circumstances of the honoree.

The recipient will retain this honor as long as he/she lives even though another resident may become eligible. The Town Clerk's Office must be notified if the recipient of the Boston Post Cane passes or otherwise refuses or returns the honor. At that time the Town Clerk shall determine the new eldest resident of Roxbury, Maine and present the name to the Board of Selectmen.

Click here for Nomination Form  
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