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Lincoln, Massachusetts was a rural farming community made up of pieces of land nipped from
adjacent towns of Concord, Weston, and Lexington; hence Lincoln, Ma was once known as Niptown" and in 1754 petitioned to be
a separate town. Chambers Russell being influential in the creation of the town and the town, in gratitude, asked him to
name the new town. He chose Lincoln, after his family home in Lincolnshire, England. Paul Revere was captured by British
soldiers in Lincoln, Ma on the night of April 18, 1775. Minutemen from Lincoln were the first to arrive to reinforce the
colonists protecting American stores in Concord, Ma. Several British soldiers who fell in Lincoln are buried in the town
Lincoln, Ma is approximately 13 miles from Boston and 14 square miles and is bordered by Sudbury, Concord, Bedford, Lexington
Waltham, Weston and Wayland. Over the years the town also became a popular site for country estates, of which some have become
schools, museums, town buildings or parks. Retention of open space and protection of its rural character against urban
development are extremely important for the community. To that end, Lincoln was one of the first towns to create a
Conservation Commission known and in conjunction with the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, acquired key parcels of
land throughout the town. Significant areas of the town are now preserved against development, providing protection for
wild life and water supply and creating conservation trails for use by the public. Residents note that Lincoln is a quiet,
pretty place to be whether it is a visit to a museum or walk in the woods. Town design is rooted in the rural heritage as
there are working farms however the majority of the town has been developed
as suburban residential with one commercial center located at the Commuter Rail stop.
Depending on your housing needs the Lincoln real estate market offers many home options.
Lincoln real estate offers rentals of apartments, condominiums, and single-family homes. If your housing needs are
long-term, the Lincoln real estate market also offers condominiums, and single-family homes for sale.
Anyone considering Lincoln real estate needs to ask: Is the neighborhood the right fit?
Commuting from Lincoln, Ma
Several options exist for commuters out of and into Lincoln, MA
The town has easy access to Route 2 (approximately 1 mile) and also abuts I-95/128. Interstate 495 (I-495) is
approximately 13 miles from Lincoln
If you prefer to ride the train the MBTA Commuter Rail train stops in Lincoln and
terminates at North Station in
Boston and is approximately a 30 minute ride. Access to the south side of Boston or in the South Station direction can
be accessed via the T and/or local buses which intersect at certain points along the Commuter Rail.
Population of Lincoln, Massachusetts
According to the Census of 2010 there were
Approximately 6362 people a decline* of 21.03% from 2000
Approximately 2342 housing units per the American Fact Finder – US Census Bureau 2006-2008.
*Please note this decline was primarily due to the residents of Hanscom Air Force Base being counted separately.
Government of Lincoln, Ma
Lincoln, Ma uses the Town Meeting form of government and elected selectmen serve as the presiding government officials.
Anyone may attend Town Meeting but only registered voters may vote. Lincoln has a water district and it is run as an Enterprise
Fund and therefore operates under the suggested rules and regulations set forth by the State of Ma.
The town services are primarily funded through the residential property tax and the tax rate may be raised however,
taxes may not be raised more than 2½% (locally known as State "Proposition 2½” ) unless approved by the voters at Town Meeting
and it must be a separate budget line items, not wrapped into an overall budget proposal. The Water District is funded through
water rates, connection fees and property rental. The Water District revenues, however, are not subject to State
"Proposition 2½."Lincoln Town Hall has more information.
Water Supply and Sewage Treatment of Lincoln, MA
The Lincoln Water District supplies drinking water to the
majority (approximately 90 – 95%) of town residents and the water
is drawn from a local pond and/ or well working in-conjunction with one another to provide for even flows. The town
implements a mandatory watering schedule and that along with rate information can be found on the town’s website.
Title V is the State law that requires an on-site septic system must meet certain standards and pass a test when a
piece of property is sold. Most banks require the septic system be functioning and a home habitable to fund a residential loan
however, there are exceptions to this rule. As for the very small percentage in Lincoln, Ma (5%) private well regulations,
is at the discretion of the property owner to insure the water consumed from the property is potable however, both tests, the
Title V test and the potable water test is the seller’s responsibility and are required prior to a Concord real estate sale.
Trash Pick-up in Lincoln, Ma
The Lincoln Transfer Station, operated by the Public Works Department, accepts regular household trash and recyclable
materials only. Resident stickers are required to gain entry to the Town Transfer Station and Public Works Facilities.
Stickers are available at no charge, and may be obtained at the Public Works office or at the Transfer Station during
open business hours.
Electric Service in Lincoln, Ma
Electric Service is provided by NStar
and Natural Gas is provided by National Grid
Education of Lincoln, Ma Public School System in Lincoln, Ma is provided for
children (preschool to grade 8) at the Lincoln School and the Lincoln School District also operates the Primary and Middle
Schools at Hanscom Air Force Base through a contract with the federal government. Lincoln has a long tradition of educational excellence and strives to offer-innovative student-centered instruction in an inclusive setting with small class sizes. Parents and community members are very supportive of the school and demonstrate this through their active participation in the PTA (Lincoln), PTO (Hanscom), The Lincoln School Foundation and school-based volunteer programs. Additionally, the town residents have been supportive of override requests over the last several years.
The Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (9th – 12th) is shared and located in Sudbury, Ma.
All school programs in Lincoln have excellent reputations.
Massachusetts offers a program entitled “School Choice” which allows students from neighboring towns to attend the local
public school if there are spaces available and if the local School Committee decides this is in the best interest of the district.
If there are spaces available, a notice is published in the local paper. There has been some discussion as to parents of
children exercising this option to provide some compensation to the schools district. Each district is different so, please
check with administration officials for the current policy.
The Francis W. Parker Charter School, is another education option, technically located in Fort Devens. Admission
is based on a lottery system for grades 7th -12th. One of Massachusetts’ first charter schools, Parker was started in 1995 by area
parents and teachers committed to the principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools. According to the website, The
Coalition of Essential Schools, were established in 1984 by Theodore R. Sizer at Brown University, is a national network
of over 1,200 schools and Centers engaged in restructuring and redesigning schools to promote better student learning and
achievement. Essential schools share a common set of ideas known as the Ten Common Principles, which call for schools to set
clear and simple goals about the intellectual skills and knowledge to be mastered by all the school’s students; to lower
teacher-student loads, personalize teaching and curriculum, and make student work the center of classroom activity; to award
diplomas based on students’ "exhibition" of their mastery of the school’s program; to create an atmosphere of trust and respect
for the school, faculty, students and parents; and to model democratic practices and honor diversity.
The MinuteMan Regional School District,
which Lincoln is a member, has a campus located in Lexington, Ma. The educational
option offers an alternative high school in Applied Arts & Sciences. Minuteman Career and Technical High School is a public
vocational high school (9th-12) that combines academics and college preparation (the main purpose of traditional high schools)
with carefully designed courses related to career exploration and learning (the main purpose of vocational-technical schools).
The original school planners focused on needs of students living along Massachusetts' high-tech corridor. Any 8th, 9th, 10th,
or 11th grade student who is a resident of Acton, Arlington, Belmont, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Dover, Lancaster,
Lexington, Lincoln, Needham, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland or Weston who expects to be promoted into the grade they seek to enter by
their local district is eligible to apply.
Library System in Lincoln, Ma
Lincoln has one main library, a beautiful red brick building, at the intersection of Trapelo and Bedford Road.
In addition Lincoln, Ma is part of the Minuteman Library system, where a patron may check out a book in over 31
towns and 7 academic libraries. The library hosts many activities and programs conducted throughout the year and are
Terrain in Lincoln, Ma
Lincoln is primarily flat with some wooded areas and large clearings, mainly for farms or wildlife areas.
It is a town that is also located in the Sudbury River Watershed area and therefore the Concord and Sudbury Rivers are
in close proximity.
Recreation Facilities in Lincoln, Ma
The Town of Lincoln, Ma Recreation Department provides residents activities including but not limited to fencing,
chess, a variety of sports, skiing instruction, swim & tennis lessons, basketball, track, arts and crafts, ballroom dancing,
fitness classes. There are in-town athletic fields and 6 clay tennis courts along with school gyms that provide for location
of organized activities.
Points of Interest in Lincoln, Ma
Bemis Hall was originally built into house the local town off ices in 1892 and today, the building hosts many community
events, lectures, performances and private functions.
Codman House is the original homestead of Chambers Russell who was instrumental in establishing the town of Lincoln, Ma
and was the man who named the town “Lincoln”. His descendants lived in the home and each added their own touch. In the 1790s,
John Codman completed extensive improvements and 60 years later his grandson updated the house in keeping with Victorian taste
and beautiful furnishings from New York. Today, the house is home to portraits art work and memorabilia. There are two garden
styles one as an English Cottage garden and the other is an Italian-styled garden with perennial beds, statues and a reflecting
pool. The Codman Estate may be visited June – October. Please check the website for hours and rate information.
The De Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum, established in 1950, was established to educate the public about modern and
contemporary American art. The Museum primarily focuses on the art of the New England region but also educates through
exhibitions, collections, classes, outreach programs. The Sculpture Park hosts more than 60 works outside and it is nice to
experience the art when also having a picnic on the grounds.
The Gropius House is associated with Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus. He was an
influential 20th century architect and he designed the Gropius House for his family when he came to Massachusetts to teach
architecture at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. The house gained notoriety because it combined traditional elements of
wood, brick, and fieldstone with materials rarely used in domestic settings at that time, including glass block, acoustical
plaster, chrome banisters, and the latest technology in fixtures. In keeping with Bauhaus philosophy, the house and its
surrounding landscape was planned for maximum efficiency and simplicity of design. The Gropius House is open June – October
please see the website for hours of operation and rates.
Mass Audubon Society Drumlin Farm is a working farm and wildlife sanctuary. Animals are available in the farmyard;
children and adults can learn about gardens or a visitor may take a hay ride. In addition, the Mass Audubon Society has
displayed wildlife exhibits and hiking is available to the top of the local drumlin, one of the highest points in the greater
Boston area. Best of all the parking is free!
John Pier House is a Georgian mansion was built in 1900 by John H.
Pierce and the design of the front façade was based on the Vassel-Craigie-Longfellow house in Cambridge Massachusetts.
Donated by the Pierce family in 1964 to the Town of Lincoln, Ma the house is the location of many special events.
The Thoreau Institute is essentially a library that is owned and managed by the Walden Woods Project and is home to the most
comprehensive body of Thoreau-related material (more than 60,000 items) available in one place.
Communities We Serve That Have Massachusetts Homes For Sale
Known for a great school system that consistently ranks at the top of the "regional-school" rankings.
Acton Ma real estate offers both single-family and condo options.
Located on the bank of the Merrimac River this walkable town has a lot to offer with proximity to major highways,
resturants, many type of housing opportunities and close to several beaches.
The town design is a combination of grid pattern neighborhoods near the historic downtown
and suburban cul-de-sac neighborhoods that take advantage of ponds and open space areas outside of downtown proper.
A rural feel with meandering roads & pockets of single-family neighborhoods.
Boxborough Ma real estate is highly coveted as the school system consistently ranks at the top of the "regional-school"
Boxford lovely suburban town to offer with proximity to I-93 and a short drive to Boston. A historic farming community refelects
rural modern-day suburb of the Greater Boston area. Close by are resturants and beaches.
Known for peaceful living and openspace preservation. Homes are situated on 2 acre lots with well water and septic systems
Home to Great Brook State Park which is enjoyable year round.
Chelmsford Ma has been voted by Money Magazine as one of the best places to live
for several years. Chelmsford offers many cul-de-sac neighborhoods
and a variety of condo options.
Concord Ma, is one of the most famous Boston suburbs. Distinctive neighborhoods, tourists, unique retail, recreation &
private school options.
In the face of urban sprawl, Dunstable has maintained a rural feel along with a 25 mile per hour center. Single family homes
galore & the Pheasant Lane Mall is about 10 minutes north but a world away.
Georgetown, more dense than Rowley of which it was orginally a part but this town offers small industry & residential.
Noted as a greater Boston suburb close to the beach and highways.
A quintessential New England town. Groton is a rural suburban living with 35%
preserved in open space, some neighborhood retail serving mostly single-family homes and is home
to the Groton School and Lawrence Academy.
A small 9 squre mile town abuting the hustle and busell of Haverhill. Downtown is framed by the gazebo and after the morning
commute returns to a quite residential town with local roads and neighborhood commercial.
Handsome Harvard~ Harvard Ma is known for apple orchards, beautiful vistas with meandering rural roads
and single-family homes, and excellent schools. Real Estate in Harvard Ma primarily offers single-family, suburban living.
Wandering coastline and famous for thier clams and Crane Beach. Ispswich is a destination town being walkable with resturants,
commercial stores, museums, and a Commuter Rail stop!
Town design is varied as Littleton developed from a rural community to a suburban destination. Part of the Boston "new" high-tech
corridor change is in the air with building both single-family homes and commercial.
A small community formerly known as Niptown because the town is comprised of
grazing lands of Concord Ma, Weston Ma and Lexington Ma. Lincoln is predominately single-family homes, a retail
center and a MBTA stop.
Merrimac is a small town community close to Newburyport and NH but in it's own right offers small commercial and a variety
of suburban neighborhoods. Great highway access too!
A more rural town than the surrounding communities, lots are larger here and distinctive neighborhoods exist. Excellent higway
access, the beach, open space and a stones throw to Newburyport for resturants and commercial needs.
Newburyport Ma is a destination as a wakable town, the beach, highway access and small scale regional shopping. There is a communter
rail stop as well regional bus services. Character and community are noticable here. A lovely place to call home.
The heartbeat of Pepperell seems to be at the intersection of Route 113, the Rail Trail
and the Town Clock where local retail and recreation activities merge. Pepperell real estate offers many types of single
family neighborhoods branching off Route 113.
Rooted in agricultural from 1698 wide open space and access to marsh lands, beach, I-95 and a Commuter Rail stop
postions Rowley as a desirable town for many.
Salisbury abutts NH and is a small town with strip commercial corridors along major transportation routes. A car is a must
have to get around in this town unless you like a nice walk to Salisbury Beach State Park.
Shirley Ma is a suburb with commuter train access, a regional school system, a library, and many recreational
opportunities. The town offers primarily single-family homes.
Townsend Ma made the transition from rural to residential with the population boom of the 1950's.
Real Estate in Townsend offers single-family neighborhoods and typical suburban amenities. Townsend Ma is also home to
Willard State Brook Forest.
Tyngsborough Ma hugs the banks of the Merrimack River. Mostly developed post 1960 with single-family
cul-de-sac neighborhoods & commercial strip malls. Public & private schools along with the
Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsborough Regional State Forest.
The town design, of Westford's agricultural past has continued to give way to rapidly expanding
high technology industries, suburban retail, and single-family homes. Known for having good schools, recreation and a great location.
West Newbury as self described by the town offers rolling hills with broad valleys, open fields, woodlands, ponds,
and historic homes. Working farms and a dairy, as well as extensive conservation land, characterize West Newbury.