Boylston, Massachusetts

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Boylston is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 4,008 at the 2000 census.



Boylston was first settled around 1706 in the north part by Europeans, most notably the Sawyer family. In 1738, the residents petitioned to form a local town and government but the British colonial Governor of Massachusetts, William Shirley, denied their request since he wanted to keep the number of towns to a minimum and to restrict popular representation.[1]

A meeting house was built in 1743 and the Reverend Ebenezer Morse, ordained in October 1743, was the first minister in charge of the church.

The town was made up of a large part of land from Shrewsbury and the remainder from Lancaster [1] and was known as the North Parish of Shrewsbury from 1742 until 1786 when it was incorporated as Boylston.[2]

It was named after Ward Nicholas Boylston (1747-1828),[3][4] a benefactor of the town. The fund he set in 1797 finally accumulated 1450 USD, which were used to build the town hall and school building.[5][6][7]

The locals used to live of agriculture, and erected mills on the Nashua river, until the construction of Wachusett Reservoir terminated their operation.[7]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 19.7 square miles (51 km2), of which, 16.0 square miles (41 km2) of it is land and 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2) of it (18.50%) is water.

The Town of Boylston is approximately 10.5 square miles (27 km2) and consists of 12,652.8 acres (51.204 km2). With a population of approximately 4400 residents, the town is predominantly a residential community. The Wachusett Reservoir, Boston's water source, lies in the northwestern part of the town and covers about 5,000 acres (20 km2) of land. The town maintains approximately 45 miles (72 km) of roadway, has 9 miles (14 km) of sidewalks, and has its own Municipal Light Department, Water District, and volunteer fire and ambulance service.

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