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The Town of Ashland's ideal location midway between Boston and Worcester provides easy access to the interstate highway system and the Massachusetts Turnpike. Ashland was, in earlier times, a stopping point on a major Indian trail which later became known as the Bay Path, connecting Cambridge and Connecticut. It was here that a community of Natick Indians was established as the Village of Magunkaquog in about 1659.

Once the original starting point of the world famous Boston Marathon, which still runs through Ashland, the town is also known as the site of Henry Warren's invention of the electric clock, later manufactured here under the Telechron name. Ashland, although predominantly residential, is committed to a close working relationship with its business community. Businesses, residents and visitors look forward to "Ashland Day," a not-to-be-missed annual celebration of traditional New England spirit!
Ashland Clock
Community Information
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Narrative
The Town of Ashland's ideal location midway between Boston and Worcester provides easy access to the interstate highway system and the Massachusetts Turnpike. Ashland was, in earlier times, a stopping point on a major Indian trail which later became known as the Bay Path, connecting Cambridge and Connecticut. It was here that a community of Natick Indians was established as the Village of Magunkaquog in about 1659. Once the original starting point of the world famous Boston Marathon, which still runs through Ashland, the town is also known as the site of Henry Warren's invention of the electric clock, later manufactured here under the Telechron name.

Ashland, although predominantly residential, is committed to a close working relationship with its business community. Businesses, residents and visitors look forward to "Ashland Day", a not-to-be-missed annual celebration of traditional New England spirit.

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Geography
Eastern Massachusetts, bordered by Sherborn on the East, Framingham on the North, Southborough on the West and Northwest, and Hopkinton and Holliston on the South. Ashland is 20 miles East of Worcester, 22 miles West of Boston, and 191 miles from New York City.
  • Total Area: 12.93 square miles
  • Land Area: 12.45 square miles
  • Population: 15,305 (2001 Annual Census)
  • Density: 969 per square mile
  • Climate: (National Climate Date Center, Framingham Station)
  • Normal temperature in January: 24.7ºF
  • Normal temperature in July: 72.9ºF
  • Normal annual precipitation: 44.9"
  • U.S.G.S. Topographical Plates: Framingham, Holliston, Marlborough
  • Regional Planning Agency: Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (1993 Definition): Boston
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Government
  • Municipal Offices: 508-881-0100
  • Form of Government:
    • Board of Selectmen
    • Open Town Meeting
    • Town Manager
  • Year Incorporated as a Town: 1846
  • Registered Voters: 9,670 (2004 Primary Elections)
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Housing Characteristics
  • Home Sales (Banker & Tradesmen): Town Stats - Free Market Statistics
  • Subsidized Housing Units (Department of Housing and Community Development, 1998): DHCD Subsidized Housing Inventory
  • Subsidized Housing Units: The number of housing units which count toward the municipality's 10% goal for low- and moderate-income housing (It includes both subsidized affordable units and market rate units in certain eligible subsidized developments)
  • Public Housing Units (DHCD 1999)
  • Conventional State: 40
  • Conventional Federal: 0
  • Rental Assistance (DHCD 1999)
    • Federal (Section 8): 0
    • State (MRVP): 0
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Transportation
  • Transportation and Access: Ashland is situated in the Greater Boston Area, which has excellent rail, air, and highway facilities. State Route 128 and Interstate Route 495 divide the region into inner and outer zones, which are connected by numerous "spokes" providing direct access to the airport, port, and intermodal facilities of Boston.
  • Major Highways: Principal highways are State Routes 126 and 135. The Massachusetts Turnpike, Interstate 90, is easily accessible in the neighboring town of Framingham.
  • Rail: Commuter rail service to Back Bay Station and South Station, Boston, is available from Ashland. Travel time to BBS: 42-45 min.; 700 MBTA parking spaces available. Freight rail service is available from CSX. Contact number: 617-783-6222.
  • Bus: Ashland is a member of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). LIFT offers hourly bus service between Ashland, Framingham and Hopkinton.
  • Other: The Worcester Municipal Airport, a Primary Commercial (PR) facility with scheduled passenger service, is easily accessible. It has 2 asphalt runways 5,500' and 6,999' long.
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Culture & Recreation
Libraries (Board of Library Commissioners):
Ashland Public Library
466 Chestnut Street
Ashland, MA 01721

Museums (American Association of Museums):
Ashland Historical Society
2 Myrtle Street
Ashland, MA 01721
Phone: 508-881-8183

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Miscellaneous