Woburn is a suburban industrial city on the Fells Upland along the upper Mystic Valley, just 10 miles north of Boston. Woburn enjoys a wealth of commercial and industrial activity and a unique position near the junction of Interstates 93 and 95. These major north-south arteries provide easy access to Boston and to the state's high-tech... Show all »
Woburn is a suburban industrial city on the Fells Upland along the upper Mystic Valley, just 10 miles north of Boston. Woburn enjoys a wealth of commercial and industrial activity and a unique position near the junction of Interstates 93 and 95. These major north-south arteries provide easy access to Boston and to the state's high-tech corridor. Additionally, commuter rail service to North Station, Boston, is available from Mishawum Station in Woburn. With its own wealth of local business and its proximity to economic opportunity in Boston, Woburn is a great location to settle for those who desire a community blessed by convenience and vibrancy.
Incorporated in 1642, Woburn became an early center of shoe manufacturing. Industry thrived here after the completion of the Middlesex Canal from Boston in 1803 and the Boston and Lowell Railroad in 1835. Local businesses grew with this boon in transportation. However, by 1865 there had been a shift away from manufacturing shoes and toward the production of leather. The town adjusted and was soon at the forefront of the tanning industry in the U.S. Local industry attracted immigrants from Ireland and Nova Scotia who moved to Woburn to work in the tanneries. There still remained in Woburn some small-scale agriculture well into the 20th century, but leather making was the staple of Woburn's economy.
By 1915, there was a greater variety of business activity in the town that included ice cream making, machine tools, mops and paper boxes. Today, Woburn is a combination of quiet neighborhoods, industrial parks and wooded conservation areas such as the Horn Pond Reservation and Forest Park. A number of old historic homes also stand as visible reminders of the city's long past.
Points of interest include: The Baldwin Mansion, built in 1661; the high-style federalist 1790 House; and the Count Rumford Birthplace National Historic Landmark. Historic public buildings can be found at the Woburn City Hall on the Common, the public library and the First Congregational Church, all in Woburn Square.
Covering roughly 12 square miles, Woburn is bordered by Wilmington on the north, Reading and Stoneham on the east, Winchester on the south, Lexington on the southwest, and Burlington on the west. This accessible and well-established community has attracted residential growth.
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