Medford, a residential community just 5 miles northwest of Boston, was first incorporated as a town in 1630. Even in its early history, Medford was involved in manufacturing as a center of clipper ship building and in the brick and tile making industries. Many historical sites still remain from the 17th and 18th century including the... Show all »
Medford, a residential community just 5 miles northwest of Boston, was first incorporated as a town in 1630. Even in its early history, Medford was involved in manufacturing as a center of clipper ship building and in the brick and tile making industries. Many historical sites still remain from the 17th and 18th century including the Isaac Royal House, built in 1732 which holds the distinction of being the only remaining house in the North that has slave quarters located inside. Other points of historical interest in Medford are the Peter Tufts House of 1678 and the Jonathan Wade House of 1689. These are only early examples of Medford's remaining architectural tradition: outstanding examples of every era and every style from Medford's three-hundred-seventy-five years of history.
Additionally, Medford has an abundance of open recreational and protected land. Open year-round, dawn to dusk. The Middlesex Fells Reservations 2,575 acres offer a welcome retreat for city dwellers and a suitable terrain for hikers, horseback riders, rock climbers, cross-country skiers and picnickers as well as natural and cultural history buffs. This hilly and rocky area was once favored for timber, granite quarrying, ice industry, and water power for the many mills including one that manufactured some of the first vulcanized rubber products.
Commercial activity is found throughout Medford, particularly in Medford Square and along the major roads like Routes 16, 28, 38 and 60. Additionally, Interstate 93, which forms Boston's North East Expressway, runs through Medford, making the city easily accessible. Public transportation to Boston is available both by commuter rail service and by MBTA train service at Wellington Station. One major presence in Medford is Tuft's University. This undergraduate and graduate institution has an enrollment of 8500 and employs 3500 people. Tufts is among the most prestigious higher education institutions in the Boston area.
Medford's residential neighborhoods have a strong suburban feel of single-family homes set upon lawns along tree-lined streets. The city's proximity to Boston, coupled with its own generous supply of open space and high quality municipal services make it a desirable community.
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