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Townsend, Massachusetts was first settled in 1676 and officially incorporated as a town in 1732. The town was named after Viscount Charles Townshend, a British cabinet minister. About 50 years later spellings of the town were recorded as Townsend by omitting the "H". Not uncommon to this area as the town of Boxborough, Ma. is often misspelled as Boxboro. The first meeting house was built just before the town was incorporated on Meeting Hill but as the town grew a larger meeting house that was centrally located was built and then became the Methodist Church. As other towns in the surrounding area, residents took advantage of waterways and mills were built to produce a product. The first mill in Townsend was built at Townsend Harbor and historical site of the Conant House Grist Mill the Cooperage, and the Reed House make for an interesting afternoon.

Seventy-three residents of Townsend marched to Concord to join the other towns fighting the British in April 1775. The men were gone for approximately 21 days when they had to return to secure the town from an uprise of Tories. Approximately 47 miles from Boston, Townsend is approximately 33 square miles and is bordered by Ashby, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Groton, Shirley and New Hampshire.

Townsend initially an agricultural and mill town, over time gave way to suburban development and actively engaged in the preservation of open space. Townsend is home to Willard State Brook, a popular swimming destination in the hot summer months and Townsend State Forrest which offers Willard Brook State Forest almost a 3,000 acres park located in Townsend and Ashby. There are forests, swimming holes, camping, hiking, birding, fishing, and winter trail sports. Connecting Willard Brook State forest is Pearl Hill State Park, a 1000 acre park with similar terrain and amenities located in West Townsend, Ma.

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The town design, for the most part is one of a cul-de-sac neighborhoods and commercial strip malls developed along main transportation corridors.

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

Neighborhoods in Townsend, Ma
Townsend is a community that originally took over the Native American lands of the Nipmuc people and developed an agriculture community. Similar to other towns, the railroad and commercial centers in Boston and New Hampshire solidified the trails into permanent transportation corridors but Townsend permanently change its character when cul-de-sac communities were developed. There are many of these types of neighborhoods Bayberry Hill, Old City, South Row, West Townsend, Townsend Harbor, throughout the town lending Townsend, Ma to reflect urban design principles when the respective neighborhood was constructed.

Commuting from Townsend, Ma
Typically people who reside in Townsend rely on the automobile for commuting purposes. The town has several transportation corridors that run through the town including State Routes 111/119, and 13. Route 2 is approximately 13 miles and in the opposite direction is Route 3 approximately 15 miles from the center of Townsend, Ma. The convenient public transportations systems, such as the MBTA Commuter Rail run through the neighboring towns of Ayer and Shirley.

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Population of Townsend, Ma
According to the Census of 2010 there were
Government of Townsend Ma
Townsend 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. 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." More information is available at Townsend Town Hall

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Water Supply and Sewage Treatment of Townsend, Ma
The Townsend Water District supplies drinking water to the approximately 50% of the town through wells and storage facilities. Those properties not serviced by the Town, provide water via private wells and all properties in Townsend, Ma host private sewage systems (septic tanks).

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 Townsend real estate sale.

Trash Pick-Up Townsend, Ma
The town of Townsend offers curbside trash pick-up and the schedule, organized by street is available at Townsend Town Hall

Electric Service in Townsend, 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 Townsend, Ma
The public school system in Townsend, 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. One public pre-school, Squannacook Early Childhood Center is located in Townsend as is Spaulding Memorial School, the elementary school (K- 4th grade) and Hawthorne Brook Middle School (5th-8th). North Middlesex Regional High School is for students (9th -12th) and is located on the Townsend/Pepperell, Ma town line.

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.
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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.

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.

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Library System in Townsend, Ma
The Townsend Library has a history dating back to 1858 when 100 citizens gave three dollars to start a private library containing the books on agriculture. In addition, subscribers were taxed until 1882 but, according to local historians the library was not truly public until 1914. The library moved locations several times over the early years but a semi-permanent home from 1929-2007 was made possible by Charles B. Hart and Amanda E. Dwight had a Georgian-style building, designed by Charles Loring, and built on the banks of the Squannacook River on land purchased by the town in 1927. Then in 2007, Mr. Albert Stone, Chairman of the Sterilite Corporation, in the name of his company and its employees gave a new, fully furnished library building to be built on Dudley Road at the former site of the Highway Department. As requested, by the donor, the new library building has been named after Richard and Irene Collette, both of whom had served the town in many capacities.

In addition, the Townsend Library is also part of the Central West Massachusetts library system (C/W MRS) with access to over 65 local libraries and 12 academic libraries. As a member of the network, library patrons have access to over one million items. The library hosts many activities and programs conducted throughout the year and are worth exploring.

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Terrain of Townsend, Ma
The town is primarily flat except where the state parks are located and includes forested as well as open sun-drenched neighborhoods.

Recreation Facilities of Townsend, Ma Townsend, MA offers some recreation programs and as the season changes so do the offerings. Town Hall has seasonal information available

Points of Interest of Townsend, Ma Townsend is home to two wonderful state parks, Willard Brook State Forest and Townsend State Park Forest offering activities including but not limited to camping, hiking, swimming and bird watching.

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