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Ashland Massachusetts

Fun Facts about this New England Town

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Some fun facts about Ashland, Massachusetts:

  • Ashland was the original starting point of the Boston Marathon from 1897 to 1924. The marathon still runs through Ashland today, and the town has a clock tower at the intersection of Union and Chestnut streets that marks the marathon?s starting point.
  • Ashland is known as ?Clock Town? because it was once home to the Telechron Corporation, which manufactured electric clocks. The company was founded in Ashland in 1904 and moved to Connecticut in 1943, but the town still retains its nickname.
  • Ashland is home to Ashland State Park, a 470-acre park with a reservoir, hiking trails, and a swimming beach. The park is also home to the Ashland Town Forest, a 550-acre forest with hiking trails and a pond.
  • Ashland is a diverse town with over 16,000 people. Known for its welcoming and inclusive community, the town is home to people from around the world.
  • Ashland is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. The town has excellent schools, a vibrant downtown, and a variety of parks and recreation opportunities.

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Here are some other fun facts about Ashland:

  • The town was originally named "Unionville" but was renamed "Ashland" in 1846 after Henry Clay's Kentucky estate.
  • Ashland was home to the first public library in Massachusetts.
  • The town is home to the Ashland Historical Society, which preserves the town's history.
  • Ashland is a popular destination for leaf peepers in the fall - especially in the Sudbury River Park .
  • The town is also home to the Ashland Farmers Market, held every Saturday from June to October.



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