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The area which became the Town of Concord was originally known as "Musketaquid", situated at the confluence of the Sudbury and Assabet Rivers. In 1635, group British settlers led by Reverend Peter Bulkley and Simon Willard negotiated a deal with local native tribes to purchase the six-square miles which formed the basis of the new town of Concord.
The famous “shot heard around the world”, marking the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, took place in the heart of Concord at the famous North Bridge and remains a distinct connection to the nation’s past. The site of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first clash of British and American forces, can be visited and explored by residents and visitors alike. Concord’s remarkably rich literary history is centered around acclaimed nineteenth century writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott. Accordingly, Concord was dubbed “the biggest little place in America” by nineteenth century literary realism icon Henry James.
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Located eight miles north of Boston, Winchester is an affluent suburban town originally established in 1640 on lands purchased by the settlers of Charlestown. The town’s early growth into a bustling industrial town during the nineteenth century paralleled improvements in the Lowell and Boston Railroad transportation system, allowing local industries to develop into larger businesses including the Beggs and Cobb Tannery and the Winn Watch Hand Factory.
The early twentieth century was marked by Winchester’s development away from its agricultural roots and into a thriving residential community with the influx of Boston’s wealthy business elite and their families. Today, Winchester is recognized for the award-winning care and facilities of Winchester Hospital, its top-rated public school system, beautiful turn-of-the-century homes, vibrant civic spirit, active community involvement and easy commute to Boston.
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The area which became the Town of Concord was originally known as "Musketaquid", situated at the confluence of the Sudbury and Assabet Rivers. In 1635, group British settlers led by Reverend Peter Bulkley and Simon Willard negotiated a deal with local native tribes to purchase the six-square miles which formed the basis of the new town of Concord. The famous “shot heard around the world”, marking the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, took place in the heart of Concord at the famous North Bridge and remains a distinct connection to the nation’s past. The site of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first clash of British and American forces, can be visited and explored by residents and visitors alike. Concord’s remarkably rich literary history is centered around acclaimed nineteenth century writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott. Accordingly, Concord was dubbed “the biggest little place in America” by nineteenth century literary realism icon Henry James.
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· Town of Concord: http://www.concordma.gov/pages/index
· Concord Chamber of Commerce: http://concordchamberofcommerce.org/
· Minute Man Historical Park: http://www.nps.gov/mima/index.htm
· Concord Museum: http://concordmuseum.org/
· Concord Youth Theater: http://concordyouththeatre.org/
· Concord Art Association: http://www.concordart.org/
· Ralph Waldo Emerson House: http://www.newenglandtravelplanner.com/go/ma/boston_west/concord/sights/emerson_house.html
· Walden Pond State Reservation: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/walden/
· Concord Player’s Theater: http://www.concordplayers.org/
· Concord Recreation Department: http://www.concordnet.org/pages/ConcordMA_Recreation/index
· Concord Walking Tours: http://www.concordguides.com/
· Concord Magazine Blog: http://www.concordma.com/blog/
· Concord Colonial Inn: http://www.concordscolonialinn.com/
· Main Streets Market & Café: http://www.mainstreetsmarketandcafe.com/
· Walden Grille: http://www.waldengrille.com/
· Serafina Ristorante: http://www.serafinaristorante.com/
· Vincenzo’s: http://www.vincenzosrestaurant.com/
· Helen’s Restaurant: http://www.helensrestaurant.net/
· Chang An Restaurant: http://www.changan-rest.com/
· Papa Razzi Trattoria: http://www.paparazzitrattoria.com/
· La Provence: http://www.laprovence.us/
· Sorrento’s Brick Oven Pizzeria: http://www.sorrentospizzerias.com/
· Comella’s: http://www.comellasrestaurants.com/
· Concord Colonial Inn: http://www.concordscolonialinn.com/
· Best Western Hotel: http://bestwesternmassachusetts.com/hotels/best-western-at-historic-concord
· Hawthorne Inn: http://www.concordmass.com/index.php
· North Bridge Inn: http://www.northbridgeinn.com/
· Colonel Roger Brown House: http://www.colrogerbrown.com/information.html
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Concord’s Children Center
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The town of Acton was named the “16th Best Place to Live” by Money Magazine in 2009. In the same year the local high school, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a “Blue Ribbon School”—the highest honor an American school can achieve based on self-evaluation, the findings and conclusions of a national review panel and the personal recommendation of the U.S. Secretary of Education.
Located approximately 21 miles northwest of Boston, the town of Acton was established as an independent town in 1735 and boasts an interesting geology feature—9 drumlins, or hills composed of glacial till deposited by a retreating glacier around 10,000 years ago. Artifacts found in Acton suggest the area was initially settled by Native American tribes 7,000 years ago. The eighteenth century residents of Acton actively participated in the American Colonies struggle for independence from Great Britain by sending a list of grievances to King George III of England on October 3, 1774, a day which is today commemorated in Acton as “Crown Resistance Day”.
During the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century, Acton became the center of production for barrels—hollow cylindrical wooden containers used for storage of liquid and maturing spirits such as brandy, sherry, port, whiskey and beer.
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The town of Arlington, located approximately six miles northwest of Boston, is no stranger to popular culture: the town appears in Hollywood feature films “The Out-of Towners”(1999) and “Once Around”(1991), the widely recognized television shows “This Old House”, “Trading Spaces”, “Made” and The History Channel’s special feature “Bible Battles”.
Originally settled by European colonists in 1635, the town was referred to as “Menotomy”, the Algonquian word meaning “swift running water”. Among the bodies of water in Arlington is Mill Brook, a stream which since 1650 has continued to provide power for Schwamb Mill, the longest working mill in the country. About 100 years later, Arlington is featured in Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride through the surrounding area alerting Colonial soldiers of advancing British soldiers. Soldiers of the Colonial Minuteman Army would converge on Arlington in an effort to ambush British soldiers on retreat from the Battle of Concord and Lexington. Consequently, the name Arlington was adopted on April 30, 1867 by town members in honor of the fallen Colonial soldiers buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The early twentieth century featured Arlington as a central player in the ice industry. Ice was sent as far as the Caribbean and India.
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The town of Bedford, located 15 miles northwest of Boston, boasts a thriving community spirit, an impressive historic district, and an attractive and lively town center. Named after a town England, Bedford was founded in 1729 by early European settlers. The town’s rich history is marked by the activities of John Winthrop and The Massachusetts Bay Company in 1630, whose arrival to the New England area as leader of the English Puritans led to the establishment of the “New World” colonies. On display at the Bedford Free Public Library is the “Bedford Flag”, the oldest extant battle flag in the United States, believed to have been carried by the Bedford Minutemen Company over the North Bridge (Concord) during the first battle of the American Revolutionary War. Additionally interesting historical sites in Bedford include the traditional eighteenth century saltbox-style Job Lane House, Fitch Tavern, and the John Wilson Corn Mill.
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The hilly terrain of Boxborough, the results of glacier scouring more than ten thousand years ago, provides a unique country aesthetic for this town located less than 30 miles northwest of metro Boston. With beautifully preserved Federal period style houses and the recent opening of The Boxborough Museum by the Boxborough Historical Society, the town has sought to actively maintain and conserve its past history and character. With a rich early agricultural history, which later expanded to include orchards and grazing fields for milk production, Boxborough continues to play an active role in regional agricultural production and has avoided large commercial and industrial development.
The Town of Boxborough boasts an extremely high quality of public education. With Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test scores consistently within the top ten of Massachusetts’s school districts, Boxborough’s elementary school maintains a distinguished honor. Boxborough middle and high school students attend Acton-Boxborough Regional High School whose 2009 designation as a Blue Ribbon School and ranking as one of the best high schools in the nation by Newsweek are testaments to the districts highest standards of educational excellence.
The town’s attractions and activities include the annual Fifer Day celebration, which commemorates Luther Blanchard, the fifer who marched the local Minutemen company to the Battle of Concord and was consequently among the first casualties of the American Revolutionary War. The celebration is held every June at Flerra Field in Boxborough and begins with 6.4K race followed by a parade, sports tournaments, a flea market and various family activities.
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Noted as America’s richest town in the 19th century, Brookline today is home to a unique blend of urban and suburban living, upscale shops, recreational parks, apartment buildings and large estates. Offering both a city atmosphere and country setting, Brookline is home to many academic and scientific professionals who work at the nearby medical centers in Boston. Once a sanctuary for Boston’s wealthy elite who built their summer homes, Brookline is still typically regarded as a wealthier suburb of Boston given the high number of successful business CEO’s, high-profile executives, famous musicians and actors.
Brookline was first settled by European colonists in the early 17th century under the title hamlet of Muddy River” and was originally considered part of Boston. The Town of Brookline was independently incorporated in 1705 and has throughout its history resisted absorption into Boston, notably during the Brookline-Boston Annexation Debate of 1873. Founded in 1901, The Brookline Historical Society is located in the Edward Devotion House, one of the oldest colonial structures in Brookline dating back to the end of the 15th century.
Though only less than 5 miles from metro Boston, the Town of Brookline has actively maintained a unique identity separate from the big city—among its many unusual resources are a working farm, the oldest country club in the country, town golf course, hillside park overlooking Boston with an open-air skating rink, transportation museum, as well as many neighborhood parks and playgrounds.
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Offering the beauty and tranquility of a rural atmosphere within a short 40-minute drive of metro Boston along with convenient access to routes 2, 27, 128/95, and I-495, Carlisle is home to some of North Middlesex County’s most picturesque and impressive landscapes and homes. With over 30% of the land in Carlisle under conservation protection, residents are able to enjoy numerous hiking and biking trails in the Great Brook Farm State Park as well as experience the beauty of nature at the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Carlisle fosters a strong sense of community and is home to The Carlisle Mosquito, a free town non-profit newspaper run by and for Carlisle residents provides the community with recent new, events and announcements. The many recreational opportunities offered in Carlisle include a cross-country ski center, active Pony Club, working cranberry bog, and beautifully renovated public library.
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Declared the 21st best place to live in the United States by Money magazine in 2007, the town of Chelmsford offers the perfect blend of suburban living and with easy access to routes 3, 4, 27, 110 and I-495. Only 24 miles northwest of Boston, Chelmsford’s active and bustling commercial center is a testament to the town’s rich history as one of the nations first large-scale factory towns during the Industrial Revolution. Among the towns many industries, the Chelmsford Spring Co., founded in 1901 is today known as the famous Canada Dry ginger ale manufacturer. Chelmsford’s history also includes an active role in the American Revolutionary War—the Chelmsford Militia fought British forces at both the Battle of Lexington and Concord and the Battle of Bunker Hill.
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The town of Lexington, famous for being the site of the first shot of the American Revolution in the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775, is located approximately 11 miles northeast of Boston and is home to a number of important historical buildings, parks, and monuments. Lexington’s town center is of equal importance and offers residents and visitors numerous dining and shopping opportunities, fine art galleries and a local cinema.
One of the most prominent historical landmarks in Lexington, the “Common” or as it later became known the “Battle Green”, was the site of clashes between Minutemen soldiers and the British army and is marked by The Revolutionary Monument, the nation’s oldest standing war memorial. Other landmarks of historic importance include Buckman Tavern, Munroe Tavern, the Hancock-Clarke House, and the National Heritage Museum. Additionally, Lexington is home to the over 900-acre Minute Man National Historical Park which includes the 5-mile “Battle Road Trail”, a beautiful forest trail accessible from several different parking areas in both Lexington and neighboring Concord. The Wilson Farm, a 126-year-old family-run farm that harvests over 100 different crops year-around offers residents ample opportunities to support the local farm business.
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Located only 13 miles northwest of Boston and offering easy access to Route 128 businesses, the town of Lincoln is situated in an ideal commuter location without compromise to its historic character and pastoral New England landscapes. As one of the nation’s first communities to begin preserving land through conservation restrictions in 1957, commercial development in Lincoln has been kept to a minimum. With over 35% of Lincoln town land permanently preserved, residents and visitors enjoy access to numerous trails, forests, fields, and ponds, as well as two certified cooperate organic farms.
Lincoln boasts a unique importance to mid-twentieth century modern design—the arrival of Walter Gropius, the founder of Bauhaus architecture, and the subsequent construction of his family home, inspired a host of modernist architects to build within the town. Know today as The Gropius House, this building is one of New England’s most visited house museums. Additionally, art enthusiasts can enjoy the contemporary art collection at The deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park.
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The Town of Littleton, an agricultural/industrial suburban town located approximately 30 miles northwest of Boston, was first settled by Europeans around 1886. Originally part of the “Nashoba Indian Praying Town”, Littleton developed a substantial farming economy with grazing, orchards and seasonal lumbering—by the nineteenth century Littleton orchards employed one of the states most successful cider factory. The cider factory, which expanded to vinegar production, is today known as the Very Find Apple Products plant.The later half of the twentieth century saw of sharp rise in the residential development of Littleton—the town has retained its original character and remains a predominantly agricultural community with poultry and dairy farm, orchards as well as several beautifully persevered 18th century houses.
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The town of Maynard, located on the Assabet River less than 25 miles east of metro Boston, offers a blend of rural and suburban aesthetics, a commercial downtown district and an array of multi-family homes, single family homes and condominiums. Named after Amory Maynard, the owner of local mill during the late nineteenth century, Maynard was home to the Assabet Woolen Mill, the leading producer of wool for American military uniforms during the Civil War. Known as the “minicomputer capital of the world” during the 1950’s after the mill became home to the Digital Equipment Corporation worldwide headquarters, the mill is today known as the “Clock Tower Place” and houses many businesses including the headquarters of Monster.com, 38 Studios, and Powell Flutes.
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The tenth largest city in Massachusetts, Newton is located six miles east of Boston and offers some of Greater Boston’s most enjoyable and vibrant living experiences. The city is comprised of 14 villages, each with a unique character—Aurburndale, Chestnut Hill, Four Corners, Newton Centre, Newton Corner, Newton Highlands, Newton Lower Falls, Newton Upper Falls, Newtonville, Nonantum, Oak Hill, Thompsonville, Waban and West Newton. One of the more historic villages of Newton, Chestnut Hill is home to the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, a community park designed by the renown Central Park (New York City) landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted. Chestnut hill also boasts an impressive collection of academic institutions—Boston College, Boston College Law School, Lasell College, Hebrew College, Mount Ida, and the Andover Newton Theological School.
Known as “the Garden City” for its colorful spring blossoms, Newton was established in 1630 and later incorporated in 1668. Since it’s founding, the city of Newton has become a leader in community safety and environmental awareness and action. Newton was awarded the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Heinz Foundation awards for being the first city in Massachusetts to administer a mandatory community-recycling program. The city has also been designated 1 of 3 cities nationwide to participate in a tree bank program, planting over 6,800 seedlings in order to support local urban forests. In 2005, Newton was ranked America’s Safest City and continues to be regularly ranked within the nation’s top five. A local Farmer’s Market running from July through October allows Newton residents to support local commerce and promote organic farming.
Newton’s strong cultural and academic investments provide residents and visitors alike with ample opportunities to enrich their knowledge and appreciation of history, music and the arts. Newton’s new state-of-the-art, award-winning Free Library is home to the Minuteman Library Network’s largest collection of more than half a million printed volumes, artwork, sound clips, and videos. The Jackson Homestead Museum, a nationally accredited museum, contains impressive archives of Underground Railroad activity along with numerous period pieces including costumes photographs, paintings, manuscripts and other artifacts. The Newton Symphony Orchestra and Newton Philharmonic Orchestra of Massachusetts offer some of the areas most moving and inspiring classical music experiences.
With an active and vibrant community life, attractive neighborhoods, well maintained parks and bicycle and fitness trails, high property values, well-run municipal government, strong nationally-recognized school system, and proximity to Boston and various highways and public transportation systems, Newton is desirable as a place to live, work and raise a family.
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The Town of Stow is located northwest of Boston and includes the villages of Gleasondale and Hudson, totaling an area of approximately 18 square miles. This small town aspires to become the golfing center of the northeast and boasts some of the country’s finest public golf courses—The Stow Acres Country Club, Wedgwood Pines Country Club, Butternut Farm Golf Club, and Stow Away Golf Club. The town also boasts several apple orchards that attract many visitors during the beautiful spring blossoming period and early fall picking season. Stow’s two sheep farms are very popular with younger children who flock to the open barn event during the springtime to view and pet the new born lambs and sheep.
Stow’s resident community display’s remarkable concern and awareness for the town’s historical past. Originally called Pompositticut Plantation until its incorporation in 1683, the Town of Stow Historical Commission serves to preserve the many fine old homes in the town while actively encouraging residential growth and development.
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Sudbury, located approximately twenty miles northwest of Metro Boston, is conveniently situated along major highways with Route 20 in the south, Route 117 in the north, and Route 27 through the center. The town offers history enthusiasts a rich and elaborate narrative beginning with the town’s incorporation in 1639 and spanning through the Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington and Concord and into the post-war era. One of Sudbury’s most notable historic landmarks is the Wayside Inn, which claims to be the country’s oldest operating inn since it’s establishment in the late nineteenth century.
The opening of defense contractor Raytheon’s large research facility in Sudbury during the late 1950’s along with the activity of engineers working on the minicomputer revolution at Digital Equipment Corporation helped promote Sudbury as a one of wealthiest towns in Massachusetts.
The town of Sudbury is also noted for its exceptional public school system, well managed municipal government and excellent domestic underground water supply.
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Billed the “Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution”, the city of Waltham is located nine miles west of metro Boston and boasts a population of over 60,000 people. A prototype for nineteenth century industrial city building, Waltham was the early center for the labor movement during the Industrial Revolution as well as the original home of the Boston Manufacturing Company during the early nineteenth century. Today, Waltham is a major center for higher education and science research—home to both Brandeis University and Bentley University.
With the largest office market second only to the city of Boston, Waltham is home to a spectrum of industries, notably the watch industry—the Waltham Watch Company, established in 1854, was the first company to produce watches on an assembly. Today, the city features employers from Bank of America, Tufts Health Plan, National Grid, Raytheon, Verizon and Parexel. Waltham’s recent revitalization program has sought to promote the city’s rich history, downtown district and public access to the Charles River. Used throughout history for transport, industry and residential water supply, the Charles River cuts through southern Waltham and offers residents and visitors unique water sport activities such as kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Waltham’s cultural and historical sights include The Charles River Museum of Industry, the Waltham Watch Factory historic district, the Gore Estate, the Lyman Estate, and the Robert Treat Payne Estate.
Waltham’s ethnic diversity is perhaps best captured in the variety and quality of restaurants found on Moody Street in Waltham, also referred to as the “Restaurant Row”. Featuring international cuisines from all around the world, Moody Street offers visitors a unique culinary experience.
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Douglas Macarthur Elementary School
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William F. Stanley Elementary School
Henry Whittemore Elementary School
John F. Kennedy Middle School
John W. McDevitt Middle School
Waltham High School
Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted School
St. Jude School
Gann Academy—The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston
Chapel Hill—Chauncy Hall Boarding School
The Children’s Workshop
The Learning Zone—Child Care Center
Ages & Stages Pre School
Bright Horizons Children’s Center
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Originally established in 1639 as the first settlement of the Sudbury Plantation, the town of Wayland was initially incorporated on 1780 under the name East Sudbury. It was only in 1835 that the town took on its current name in honor of Dr. Francis Wayland, the then president of Brown University and founder of Wayland’s first free public library. Today a vibrant and affluent suburban community, Wayland’s first settlers were heavily invested in agricultural industries such as grist and saw milling. The town’s proximity to major highways has allowed for easy and accessible commutes and has lead to the concentration of many top high-tech business executives in the Wayland neighborhoods.
Residents and visitors alike are easily smitten by Wayland’s unique New England charm and rural elegance. The national wildlife preserve located in Wayland has continued to grow through the purchasing of public property by Wayland residents for the creation of additional preservation lands. The scenic Lake Cochituate, a portion of which lies within Wayland, affords a unique outdoor experience at the town-run municipal beach.
Wayland’s public education system is a great source of pride for community. With consistently highly ranked elementary, middle and high schools, the student population of Wayland receives some of the states best public education. The significant time and effort invested by the Town of Wayland has helped develop and protect quite and handsome neighborhoods of spacious homes with all of the Boston area's cultural and recreational opportunities available.
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The town of Wellesley, located approximately 13 miles west of Boston, is a highly desirable residential community and home to many Boston commuters and their families. With several attractive office parks, Wellesley is also a considerable employment center. The many students at Wellesley College, Babson College and Massachusetts Bay Community College support Wellesley's prestigious academic character. The strong emphasis on education is also reflected in Wellseley's public education system. In 2007, Wellesley High School was ranked the 70th best high school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and earned the Gold Medal status. The proximity of Route 128/95 allows Wellesley residents easy access to the many cultural and culinary opportunities of Boston as well as the option to enjoy both the north shore and south shore recreational facilities. The town of Wellesley has proven a true leader in environmental issues. The town's ascetics and clean appearance are true testaments to the emphasis on garbage disposal, recycling and preservation of the natural environment.
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A beautiful town with rolling hills full of apple orchards, the town of Westford boasts a large suburban community with a vibrant civic life. Incorporated in 1729, Westford was originally noted for its farms, wool mills, and granite production. The towns agricultural past has given way to the rapidly expanding high-tech industry, suburban retail economy and upper-middle class living style.
A beautiful state-of-the-art library and active recreation department provide Westford residents with innumerable resources and opportunities for family activities. The Nashoba Valley Ski Area located in Westford presents individuals and families the chance to enjoy the day skiing, snowboarding, sleigh riding or simple watching other’s speed down the mountain. The two town beaches at Forge Pond offer another great outdoor activity for residents and visitors alike. Annual festivals include the Apple Blossom Festival in May and the Strawberry Festival in June.
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Among the hundred most affluent towns in the United States, the town of Weston is also the wealthiest suburb in the Boston area with the highest per capita income in the state of Massachusetts. Located less than 15 miles west of Boston, Weston has developed into an attractive suburban town since its incorporation in 1713. Home to the number one public school system in Massachusetts according to a Boston Magazine evaluation in 2009, Weston’s public high school was also ranked 60th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2007. The town is equally known for having lowest crime rate among metro-west Boston suburbs.
Weston’s rich history is marked by the establishment of a number of important taverns along the famous Boston Post Road—the Golden Ball Tavern, built in 1750, still exists in town and can be visited. The building of the Worchester Turnpike in 1819 led to the beginning of the shoe-making industry, cotton manufacturing business and wool mill machinery manufacturing business in Weston. The next century would see the building of the Weston Aqueduct and Reservoir in 1903 and the Hultman Aqueduct in 1938.
By the end of the nineteenth century, many of the period’s most reputable architects were building elaborate country estates for their Bostonian clients in the vast open spaces of Weston. This early residential character of Weston was further strengthened by the building of luxury homes by famous architects such as McKim and Richardson throughout the twentieth century.
Weston’s affluent character and impressive homes in quiet well-kept neighborhoods have not deterred residents from actively preserving much of the towns open spaces—there are over sixty miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, cross-country skiing areas, and golf courses.
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