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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 cemetery.

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.

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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

Population of Lincoln, Massachusetts
According to the Census of 2010 there were *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

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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.

Every year the State of Massachusetts requires public school districts to participate in Standardized Testing called the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). The test scores are published in the Boston Globe and are also located at the State of Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Education
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.

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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 worth exploring.

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.

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