There is a sign at 76 Maple Street in Middleton that reads: "First town meeting under a giant oak tree near this spot on July 9, 1728, Middleton held its first town meeting and received its charter from the Province of Massachusetts Bay." Middleton was aptly named in its being organized from parts of four other towns: Danvers, Topsfield, Boxford and Andover. Middleton's Richardson Farms, founded in 1952, is a very popular working dairy and ice cream store that was recently featured on Food Network. It is owned by a family whose ancestors moved to Middleton in 1698. Today, the town's Flint Public Library and historical society bring Middleton's past to life through exhibitions and festivals. Once known only for being "on the way to other towns," Middleton has developed its own exclusive personality. The town is conveniently situated near many major highways, making it commuter friendly.
Middleton's Flint Public Library was formed in 1865 as an association. In 1879, the Honorable Charles L. Flint, the Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Agriculture, wrote a letter to the Selectmen of Middleton suggesting that notice be taken of the 150th anniversary of incorporation of the Town by establishing a Public Town Library, free to all. The library's 1891 structure is preserved and functional, today, and remains a symbol of Middleton history serving all ages of the Middleton community.
Middleton Golf Course (MGC) offers a beautiful 18 hole, Par 3 golf course that measures a 3,215 yards. Constructed 1965 by the noted golf course architect, Geoffrey S. Cornish. Holes vary in length from 115 to 240 yards, with large tees and greens, and gently rolling fairways. MGC features golf lessons, a pro shop, and the Greenside Cafe.
Topsfield's rolling hills and winding streams are a great resource for hikers, nature lovers, or those who just want to unwind from a long day at work. Bradley Palmer State Park boasts trails for hiking, mountain-biking, and horseback riding. The Ipswich River offers trails for walking and family fun. Children can investigate the trails for clues of beaver habitation in the likes of gnawed trees, dirt mounds, dams, and bridges.
Topsfield is also home to the country's oldest agricultural fair that began in 1818. The fair offers free grandstand shows, livestock and poultry shows, horse and oxen pulling, draft horse shows, flower shows, 4-H displays, beekeeping, an opening day parade, Grange exhibits, an antique tractor display, Essex County Farmyard and the New England Giant Pumpkin contest on opening day. The fair celebrates Topsfield's strong agricultural roots and has produced many prize exhibits and champion livestock. Topsfield Common, a great symbol of New England rural character, is the starting point of the fair's opening day parade.
In 1645, Yorkshiremen settled Boxford as an outpost for Salem's farming community. Forty-nine years later, Boxford was incorporated and to this day the town holds a strong flavor of rural New England's colonial days. But, Boxford's true flavor comes alive every autumn during its annual Apple Festival.
Boxford is the premiere, "get away" community of the Tritown Area with conservation area woods, forests, and fields interspersed amongst the community. Baldpate Pond State Park, Bald Hill conservation area, and Boxford State Forest are hot spots for bird watching, cross-country skiing, and hiking. Steady growth has been controlled in order to preserve Boxford's rural character.
The Tritown Area's public school system prides itself on an excellent reputation. Middleton, Topsfield, and Boxford are all part of the Masconomet Regional Public School system. As far as higher education is concerned, nearby Danvers is home to the North Shore Community College offering a full range of academic and administrative school services including online courses. Being relatively close to Boston means that reputable schools such as Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, MIT, and Northeastern (just to name a few) are well within reach.
Situated in the area of Greater Boston, Tritown Area residents enjoy easy access to rail, air (Logan International Airport), and highway facilities with State Routes 114, 128, 95, and Interstate Route 495 providing a convenient commute to work, travel, and entertainment amenities. Boston is conveniently close by and has much to offer in the way of work and entertainment. Boston is a major manufacturing center and a great seaport and home to many attractions: museums, symphony, historic sites, Boston Common, the Boston Red Sox, and much more.
So, whether you choose Middleton, Topsfield or Boxford, the Tritown Area has the serene setting you have been seeking without the inconvenience of a long commute.
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