Incorporated in 1783, Boxborough (also referred to as Boxboro) is a small, thriving rural community of about 5,000 people located in Middlesex County at the crossroads of Interstate 495 and Route 111. Boxborough is bordered by Littleton to the north, Acton to the east, Stow to the south, and Harvard to the west. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 10.4 square miles, of which 10.4 square miles is land and 0.1 square miles is water. Boxborough is governed by the open Town Meeting legislative body with a five-member Board of Selectmen representing the Town’s executive branch.
Boxborough's town seal portrays a silhouette of Luther Blanchard, the fifer for Captain Isaac Davis's Company during the Battles of Concord and Bunker Hill. Luther and his brother, Calvin, were born on a farm in Littleton that later became Boxborough. Boxborough celebrates Fifer's Day in Luther's honor. The annual Fifer's Day celebration put on by the Minutemen, is held every June at Flerra Meadows in Boxborough. It begins with a 4-mile (6.4 km) road race, followed by a parade and many different festivities. Festivals such as Fifer’s Day and WinterFest provide cherished opportunities for community gathering.
Historically, with the exception of small local industries including gristmills, sawmills, and cooperages as well as some minor boot and shoemaking, comb-making, and a lime quarry and kiln, Boxborough’s economy remained almost entirely agricultural through the 19th century.The majority of the town consists of a rural mix of farms and subdivisions, with limited commercial areas and a technology cluster anchored by Cisco Systems, Inc. near I-495.
Boxborough’s heritage, rural character, and community resources are part of what make it unique and contribute to the quality of life in town. Open space, recreation, historic properties and landscapes, and cultural resources are enormous assets for this small community. An Open Space and Recreation Plan was recently completed and describes valued open spaces like Steele Farm, Flerra Meadows, and Fifer’s Field. Over 30% of land in town is established as conservation land. There are many historic properties in Boxborough such as the early 1900s Richardson Ice House and the Victorian Era Town Hall building.
Boxborough is a part of the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District and has one elementary school, Blanchard Memorial School. Blanchard Memorial School consistently achieves MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) test scores within the top ten of Massachusetts school districts. Acton-Boxborough Regional High School (ABRHS) according to U.S. News and World report recently ranked 20th best high school within Massachusetts and ranked 12th nationally as the best STEM high school.
Boxborough continues to maintain its traditional values of rural open space, a first-rate educational system, agricultural and conservation lands, and historical roots, while fostering a balanced economic environment and enhancing a close-knit sense of community for all generations.
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