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Pepperell, Massachusetts in 1753, Pepperell was named in honor of Sir William Pepperell, the hero of the memorable capture of Louisbourg, in 1745 and Sir William acknowledged the compliment by the customary present of a bell, however, the bell was never received. Interestingly enough a similar mix up occurred during the naming of the town of Littleton, Ma when the town could be located and therefore, the bell was sold. Pepperell was supportive in the American Revolution, as were the neighboring towns, and sent men to Concord in April, 1775. At home in Pepperell legend goes that Prudence Wright and several other Pepperell women guarded Pepperell’s covered bridge and captured a British spy. While the town center began as a religious and governmental center, the eastern area of Pepperell, Ma became locations for paper mills and shoe factories, utilizing the Nashua River, beginning in the 1830s and ending around the 1890s. Growth then began again in the post-war years as most suburbs in the Boston metro area when agriculture to housing became permanent.

The town design remains largely intact from the 1700’s with one commercial strip (Route 113) hosting a local grocery store, hardware store, coffee shops, restaurants, nail salons and drug stores along with the library and town hall. The suburban neighborhoods that branch out from the main corridors are reflective of the time period when they were built.

Depending on your housing needs the Pepperell real estate market offers many home options. Pepperell real estate offers rentals of apartments, condominiums, and single-family homes. If your housing needs are long-term, the Pepperell real estate market also offers condominiums, and single-family homes for sale. Anyone considering Pepperell real estate needs to ask: Is the neighborhood the right fit?

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Neighborhoods in Pepperell, Ma
The meandering street system is a result of the rural heritage and there are some newer homes located in cul-de-sac neighborhood but that town design is not as prevalent as compared to Acton or Westford for example. The heartbeat of Pepperell runs along Route 113 where people are out and about running errands, eating, or biking and walking along the rail trail.

Commuting from Pepperell, Ma
Typically people who reside in Pepperell, Ma rely on the automobile for commuting purposes. The town has several transportation corridors that run through the town including State Routes 111, 113, 119 and 122. The convenient public transportations systems, such as the Commuter Rail run from the close-by towns of Ayer, or Lowell. Route 3 is approximately 9 miles and the I-495 is approximately 13 miles.

Population of Pepperell, Ma
According to the Census of 2010 there were
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Government of Pepperell Ma
Pepperell, Ma uses the Town Meeting form of government and town-elected selectmen serve as the presiding government officials. Anyone may attend Town Meeting but only registered voters (Ma property owners and renters alike) may vote. 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. If real estate taxes are to be raised a separate budget line item must be delineated in the budget as opposed to wrapping all the taxes into an overall budget proposal. More information is available at Pepperell Town Hall

Water Supply and Sewage Treatment of Pepperell, Ma
The Pepperell Water Department supplies drinking water to the majority (approximately 80%) of the town via a local Aquifer. Pepperell has a community outreach program to remind residents that the local groundwater is vulnerable to contaminants and the town needs to be vigilant in protecting this local resource. Approximately 80% of the town utilizes the sewers system and the rest of the properties are serviced by private septic systems.

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 private well regulations, it 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 Pepperell real estate sale.

Trash Pick-Up Pepperell, Ma
Pepperell provides a transfer station located at 66 Boynton Street however, if curbside pick is preferred there are several private companies available.

Electric Service in Pepperell, Ma
Electricity and Natural Gas is provided by National Grid residents that do not have natural gas servicing the property use oil or propane, provided by private sector companies.

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Education in Pepperell, Ma
The public school system in Pepperell, Ma is part of the North Middlesex Regional School System and the elementary, middle and high schools, with the exception of the local charter schools such as Nashoba Technical & Francis Parker, is governed by this district. There is Varnum Brook Elementary (K-4th), Nissitissit Middle School (5th-8th) and North Middlesex Regional High (9th-12th).

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.
Another education option is the The Francis W. Parker Charter School, 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.
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Established in 1968, Nashoba Valley Technical High School (Nashoba Tech) is a public, four-year (9th – 12th), career-focused high school fostering academic, personal and professional success. According to the website Nashoba Tech promotes a lifetime of learning and achievement, providing our students with quality teaching, specialized instruction in 18 industry-approved technical programs, personalized academic support and leadership development opportunities. Students who live in Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend or Westford may apply for admission.

Library System in Pepperell, Ma
The Lawrence Library was dedicated in 1901 and was a gift by Charles Farrar Lawrence, who bequeathed the funds for the purchase of the land, design, construction and the furnishing of the building. The architects were Ernest Flagg and W.B. Chambers who are known for designing the Washington state capitol building, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. The library hosts many activities and programs conducted throughout the year and are worth exploring.

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Terrain of Pepperell, Ma
Rolling hills and open terrain describes the 23 square mile town of Pepperell located at the confluence of the Nissitissit River and the Nashua River.

Recreation Facilities, Bike Trails and Wildlife in Pepperell, Ma
      The town of Pepperell has an active Recreation Department that provides a wide range of activities for children and adults. There are several facilities located throughout the town including a community center, bandstand, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a town field. The Recreation Commission oversees Pepperell Recreation activities and facilities and meets regularly at Town Hall.
      Home to the terminus of the Nashua River Rail Trail this 11 mile long railroad line that has been re-purposed for biking, rollerblading, walking, running, wheelchairs and cross-country skiers runs through the towns of Pepperell, Groton, Dunstable, and Ayer.

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