Massachusetts History

The entire Northeast is steeped in history.  Not many places are a better example of this than Massachusetts. Each town is filled with stories that reach all the way back to early America. Come, stroll through some of America’s most historic communities with us.

Arlington, MA

Established in 1635, Arlington, once a village known as Menotomy,  has more than fifty sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Arlington is rich with American history including Paul Revere and the American Revolution. 

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Belmont, MA

Established in 1859, Belmont was once an agrarian based town providing produce and livestock to the surrounding areas. The population grew as transportation became more available and Belmont eventually became part of the railway system. Belmont has preserved many of it’s historical sites and is a bustling residential community today. 

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Boston, MA

Established in 1630, Boston is one of America’s oldest cities. Boston is home to many historic happenings such as the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre. Boston continues to be an important manufacturing hub and center for education today. 

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Lexington, MA

Settled in 1642 as part of Cambridge, Lexington eventually became a town in 1713. In 1775, the Battle at Lexington became what many believe to be the first battle of the American Revolution. 

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Medford, MA

Settled in 1630 as part of Charlestown, Medford is home to the first bridge ever built across the Mystic River and eventually became a center of industry in the area. Early transportation developments such as the Middlesex Canal in 1803 and the railway systems in 1847 helped lead Medford to be the prominent town it is today. 

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Melrose, MA

Settled in 1628 by explorers, Melrose became part of the Charleston area in 1633 and was established as a city in 1900. Melrose is home to many historic houses/buildings and it’s Victorian downtown area is listed on the National Register of historic places. 

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Reading, MA

Established in 1644, Reading was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and has played an integral partin American History. From the Revolutionary War were it was involved pursuing the British to the Civil War where at total of 411 men from Reading fought, it’s citizens have played an important part in fighting for the freedoms we enjoy today. 

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Stoneham, MA

Settled in 1645 and Established as a city in 1725, Stoneham has a deep colonial history, which is preserved in the Middlesex Fells Reservation today. During Stoneham’s early history it remained a small colonial town, however, Stoneham prospered during the Industrial Revolution as a shoe manufacturing center. 

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Winchester, MA

Settled in 1640, Winchester was established on land purchased from Native Americans in 1639 and became a city in 1850. Transportation improvements in the early 1800s helped Winchester flourish. Winchester’s first church was built in 1840, it’s first post office in 1841 and the establishment of schools followed suit.  

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Woburn, MA

Established in 1642, Woburn was originally settled in 1640 near Horn Pond. Woburn’s history is evident in it’s architecture. Many historic buildings, such as the Baldwin Mansion, are located in Woburn. Woburn hosted the first religious ordination in the Americas in 1642. 

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As you can see, the greater North of Boston area is steeped in history and is bursting with character. Whether you’re a history buff, or just some who enjoys a good story, these amazing places offer plenty for both.  

Contact us at (781)-625-4249 for more information on these spectacular communities or more local history attractions.

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