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Boxborough, Middlesex, MA

Boxborough was born from the remote areas of Stow, Littleton, and Harvard. A member of Middlesex County, Boxborough established a new county line between Middlesex and Worcester. On January 31, 1775, men of these outskirt-lands formed a "Sartain Society" which agreed to purchase the Harvard Old meeting-house to act as a town hall and a church.

The people of Boxborough were denied registration to be an independent district three times before being accepted in 1782, then incorporated on February 25, 1783.


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1783 - Boxborough is incorporated

1839 - Boxborough
Boxborough, Massachusetts
Middlesex county. Incorporated, 1783. Population, 1837, 433. Some shoes, palm-leaf hats, and straw bonnets are manufactured in this town, and large quantities of hops are grown. It lies 25 miles N.W. by W. from Boston and 9 W. by N. from Concord. Good lime-stone is found here.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1845 - BOXBOROUGH. [Pop. 426. Inc. 1783.]
The land is hilly, but there are no important streams, and very little fertile land.

Hops are raised, and good limestone found in the town.

Distance from Concord, 9 miles ; from Boston, 25.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1848 - Boxborough
This town was incorporated in 1783. The tract comprising the township is elevated and hilly. There is no stream of much importance in the town. The township lies between Concord and Nashua rivers, and at nearly equal distance from both. The population of this town in 1837 was 433, being smaller than that of any other in Middlesex county. About one thousand dollars’ worth of straw bonnets and palm leaf hats were manufactured in this place. Limestone is found in the town, and hops have been cultivated to some extent. Distance, 9 miles from Concord and 25 from Boston.
Historical Collections Relating to the History... John Warner Barber, Worcester, Warren Lazell, 1848
Boxborough Massachusetts, 1890
Boxborough is a small farming town, somewhat hilly and of a passably good soil, lying in the westerly part of Middlesex County, midway between the Concord and Nashua rivers. It is bounded on the north by Littleton, east by Acton, south by Stow, and west by Harvard.

It has calcareous gneiss for its formative rock, in which has been opened a good quarry of limestone ; and there are found the minerals scapolite, garnet, spinel and augite.

Guggins Brook rises near the centre of the town, and running easterly is joined by Half-moon-meadow Brook, from the northeast part, both soon entering the Assabet River ; while Beaver Brook, running northerly, and Assabet Brook southerly, drain the western section of the town, and afford a little motive power. Whittington Pond, of an elliptical form, and containing 37 acres, lies in the northwest section of the town. The Fitchburg Railroad crosses the northeastern corner, but the nearest station is West Acton, 27 miles from Boston. That village is ... Read MORE...

2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Boxborough:
Nara Park:

Explore the beautiful Nara Park, known for its walking trails, picnic areas, and scenic views. It's a great place for outdoor activities like hiking and bird-watching.

Liberty Fields:

Enjoy sports and recreation at Liberty Fields, which offers various sports facilities including soccer fields, basketball courts, and a playground for kids.

Boxborough Museum:

Discover the local history and culture at the Boxborough Museum. It often hosts exhibits and events showcasing the town's past.

Indian Hill Farm:

Visit Indian Hill Farm for a taste of rural life. Depending on the season, you might find a farm stand with fresh produce or even participate in seasonal activities like apple picking.

Assabet River Rail Trail:

If you enjoy biking or walking, check out the Assabet River Rail Trail. It provides a scenic route through Boxborough and nearby towns.

Fort Pond:

Spend a relaxing day at Fort Pond. It's a serene spot for fishing, kayaking, or simply... Read MORE...

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female ancestorSara BURGES (1789, Harvard, Massachusetts, USA - 21 August 1874, Boxborough, Massachusetts, USA (Boxboro))
male ancestorSimeon WETHERBEE (1801, Harvard, Massachusetts, USA - 7 July 1874, Boxborough, Massachusetts, USA (Boxboro))
male ancestorJohn WETHERBEE (1807, Boxborough, Massachusetts, USA (Boxboro) - 14 May 1874, Boxborough, Massachusetts, USA (Boxboro))
male ancestorNehemiah Batchelder ROBBINS (9 June 1810, Boxborough, Massachusetts, USA (Boxboro) - 17 November 1886, Littleton, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorRebecca BENTON (1823, Surry, New Hamsphire, USA - 27 January 1874, Boxborough, Massachusetts, USA (Boxboro))
female ancestorGilpha A EWINGS (1846, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - 28 August 1874, Boxborough, Massachusetts, USA (Boxboro))
male ancestorWaldon E WHITCOMB (25 May 1864, Boxborough, Massachusetts, USA (Boxboro) - , )

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