Chelmsford, Massachusetts was established in 1655. It was colonized by Europeans and named after Chelmsford, England. With a population of about 36,000, Chelmsford was named Money magazine’s 28th best place to live in 2011. This town, which is about 25 miles northwest of Boston, features historical sites and outdoor areas to explore.
Check out these places of interest!
- “Old Chelmsford” Garrison House- Built in the 1680s, this home was used by British soldiers in 1691 to maintain British loyalty and protect colonists from Native Americans. Chelmsford sits on land once inhabited by Pennacook tribes, but these peoples were forced to move. The property is now a National Historic Place and showcases the lifestyle, tools, and clothing of early settlers.
- Thanksgiving Ground Forest- This 45-acre Town Forest was so named because men of the town would meet here on Thanksgiving day for an annual fox hunt. It borders the Russell Mill Pond and offers walking trails, water access for canoeing, and the site of the historical fox hunts.
- Forefathers Burying Ground- The Forefathers Burying Ground was first used in 1690 and is one of the oldest cemeteries in the area. Some members of the Chelmsford Minute Men are at rest here, and a map is posted for visitors to find notable figures.
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail- A partially completed railroad was converted to a multi-use trail and is now available for cycling, skating, or walking. It’s 11.7 miles long (future development is planned) and has been paved.