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Boxborough MA

Living in Boxborough

Around 5,000 fortunate residents live in Boxborough. Unfortunately, the community, incorporated in 1783, still finds its name misspelled on highway signs and official documents as "Boxboro". That small slight does not detract from the proud history of Boxborough, celebrated throughout the community with special events.

Boxborough History

Fifers day, a well-attended event celebrates Luther Blanchard. Blanchard was the 18-year-old fifer of the local Minutemen who led the company to the Battle of Concord on April 9, 1775, forcing the Red Coats to retreat. Blanchard was hit by the first British bullet on North Bridge in Concord. He did not die immediately from the minor wound to his side, but The Continental Army did report him dead September 30, 1775.

Blanchard's history gets muddy after that with some believing the wound was more serious than originally thought, causing his death months later. Others believe he died of other war related maladies, dysentery being the main suspect. The annual Fifers Day, celebrated in June at Flerra Meadows is a community wide effort with events and activities from road races to hot air balloon rides to tame pony rides. A parade, various food booths, games, and bands round out the festivities.

One of the town treasures, Steele Farm, dates back to 1784 and was built by Levi Wetherbee, a member of a founding family. The preserved farm, once an orchard and tree farm, is a reminder of the deep agricultural roots in the community. Each September the community celebrates its agriculture history with the Harvest Fair. In the winter, Steele Farm is the favorite sledding and skating spot for local young people.

The Boxborough District Minutemen Company, founded to honor the service of the Minutemen of 1775 by serving their community, engages in reenactments, celebrations, fund-raising events and support for the schools and Boy Scouts.

Interesting Fact

A visit to Beaver Brook Valley Preserve, also known as "Boxborough Esker" in Boxborough will bring a fascinating look at the geological remnants of one of several glaciers that covered much of New England throughout the last ice age. The melting of the glacier caused the stream below to deposit sand and boulders which formed a magnificent ridge that can be hiked on today. The views from the esker of Beaver Brook, as well as other glacial backgrounds, are incredible and not to be missed.

Boxborough Schools

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School (9-12)

Raymond J. Grey Jr. High School (7-8)

Blanchard Memorial Elementary (K-6)

CT Douglas Elementary (K-6)

McCarthy-Towne Elementary (K-6)

Gates Elementary (K-6)

Luther Conant Elementary (K-6)

Merriam Elementary (K-6)

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