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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.
The town design, for the most part is one of a cul-de-sac neighborhoods and commercial strip malls developed along main
Depending on your housing needs the Townsend real estate market offers many home options. Townsend real estate offers
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.
Population of Townsend, Ma
According to the Census of 2010 there were
Approximately 8,926 people a decrease of 2.96% from 2000
Approximately 3,265 housing units per the American Fact Finder – US Census Bureau 2006-2008
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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
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.