Sudbury -- a Dramatic History and a
locations in the United States
offer the remarkable combination of history and progress found in Sudbury, Massachusetts.
We’re proud to call it our hometown! Whether you’re researching Sudbury for the first time
or seeking to know the area better, we hope you’ll join us in discovering this
welcoming town. Its rich history mirrors the birth of our nation and its
wonderful services and neighborhoods make it a great place to live.
existence for more than 350 years and primarily agricultural until after World
War II, Sudbury
is one of the most modern, well-planned communities you’ll find, with
unparalleled services and a strategic commitment to progress. We are a social
community, with a range of activities and events suited to every possible
taste. We have invested deeply in our
schools, a decision which benefits not only families with school-age children,
but also everyone who cares about the value of their home. Our sensational
library and outstanding parks and recreation facilities demonstrate the town's
commitment to providing the very best for its citizens.
in 1639, Sudbury is one of the oldest towns in New England and has one of the oldest and
longest-running open town meeting forms of government. Echoes of our proud past
are reflected beautifully in the colonial flavor of the town center, the
winding roads bordered by stone walls and the semi-rural ambience that our town
cherishes. We have some 120 properties listed on the National Register of
Historic Places. Deeply rooted in history, Sudbury today is known for its excellent
schools and well managed government. On the 2000 census its population is
recorded as just under 17,000, with roughly 5,500
households – more than 92% of which are owner-occupied. The total land area of
the town is more than 24 sq. miles, with a population density of about 600
people per sq. mile.
Sudbury lies immediately
west of I95 (Rt128). It is 20 miles west of Boston and 26 miles east of Worcester.
This makes our town the first choice for people who want an easy commute from a
community where they can enjoy a distinctly higher quality of life. Sudbury is
bordered by Wayland, Framingham, Concord, Acton, Hudson, Maynard, Marlborough
and Stow, which together create a diverse and thriving super-community.
major battle of the Kind Philip War was fought in Sudbury in 1676. The Sudbury
militia helped fire the shot heard round the world, and Longfellow wrote his
tales in the town’s historic Wayside Inn– which includes the Redstone
Schoolhouse, where Mary brought her little lamb, and the Martha Mary Chapel.
digs along the river meadows have established that Indians were here at least a
thousand years before the white men came. They included Nipmucs,
Red Paints, Naticks and Wamesits,
sub-tribes of the Algonquin nation. Remains of their passing can still be seen.
There is a large midden pile near the headquarters of
the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge off Weir Hill Road in Sudbury. An
old grinding stone still stands just to the northeast of the junction of Green
Hill Road and Singletary Lane.
quiet country town to thriving Boston suburb, Sudbury has come along way in the
more than 350 years of its existence. But it has never lost its historic charm
or sense of community. Major changes in the local economy took place in the
1950s, when the town began to actively pursue the right kinds of businesses,
which would help to support the town’s growth. Raytheon opened its doors in
1958 followed by Sperry Rand in 1960. Star Market and the First National
Supermarket (now Sudbury Farms) soon followed. This infusion of business
enabled the town to make major improvements to the schools, build a new post
office and two fire stations, and enlarge the Goodnow Library, all in the space
of two years.
In the midst of this growth and expansion, Sudbury’s
Conservation Commission was awarded for its outstanding work in protecting the
environment by the Audubon Society.
Today, Sudbury hosts a spectrum of large and small businesses, and its
citizens serve in every level of the work force. We have outstanding
professional and financial services, an impressive array of boutique-style
shops, elegant restaurants and family-style dining, and many of the familiar
stores and restaurants found in successful communities. Sudbury is a place
where people live and work, in addition to being a favorite home choice for
those who commute to Boston or Worcester.
20 miles west of Boston, Sudbury is part of the “Metro West” area. Interstate
95 (State Rt. 128) and Interstate 95 divide the region into inner and outer
zones which are connected by various “spokes” providing direct access to
excellent rail, air and highway facilities.
Sudbury's Natural Beauty
elegance of Sudbury’s natural environment captivates residents and visitors
alike. Enjoy a canoe trip down the picturesque Sudbury River, or discover the
wild beauty of Hop Brook, Pantry Brook, Landham Brook
and dozens of other feeder streams that meander through the town. Our valuable
wetlands offer reminders of the town’s glacial history Marshes, swamps and
broad floodplains abound. More than 100 vernal pools serve as breeding ponds
for many species, including some of the state’s most endangered amphibians.
Willis Pond, Grist Mill Pond, Carding Mill Pond and many smaller ponds dot this
landscape and provide significant wildlife habitat and recreational
opportunities for residents.
Enjoying Your Leisure time
parks and recreation facilities offer something for everyone. This active
community caters to the young and young at heart, with activities for every age
group and interest. Recreation facilities include the Atkinson pool (a
year-round aquatic facility with an eight-lane, 25-yard lap pool), the Fairbank
Senior Center, an extremely well-equipped toddler playground, beautifully
maintained tennis courts, a skate park for in-line skates and skateboards,
golf-putting area, sand volleyball court, outdoor skating area, and fields for
baseball, field hockey, lacrosse, softball and soccer. Major recreation areas
include Davis Field, Featherland Park, Frank C. Geeley
Field and Haskell Recreation Area.
Sudbury Takes Pride in its
Fairbank Senior Center is a focal point for Sudbury Seniors, providing social,
recreational and educational activities that reflect the varied interest of our
senior population. From book clubs and elegant high teas, to exercise programs
and entertainment, the Center is always cooking up something new.
The Center also serves as an informational resource for local senior citizens.
Through the Council on Aging, it plays an advocacy role for seniors at the
local, state and federal level.
The Goodnow Library
Goodnow Library is Sudbury's lifelong recreational and learning/information
center. This newly built facility is equipped with the most up-to-date
technology and resources, providing services to for all ages, from toddlers to
senior citizens. From books, video Internet access, books on tape and compact
discs to museum passes, art prints, toys, children’s story times and cultural
programs, the Goodnow Library reaches out to every corner of our stimulating
A Community with HOPE
is a community that cares. HOPE Sudbury, Inc. is a humanitarian outreach
project designed to engage Sudbury citizens, employees and business people in
an annual, community wide effort to provide humanitarian aid to people in need.
Recent HOPE Sudbury showed its appreciation for military families by delivering
comfort baskets to the Family Support Center at Hanscom
Air Force Base.
Four Seasons in Sudbury
England weather is famous for its contrast, and Sudbury is no exception. We
experience the four seasons here in all their
splendor. The brilliant colors of fall foliage add luster to crisp, clear
autumn days. The pristine covering of white snow blankets our town several
times each winter. Springtime brings a heady profusion of blossoms and warming
weather, luring some into the garden and others out for a casual stroll.
Summertime is for short sleeves, canoe trips on the Sudbury River, lazy
backyard parties and trips to the beautiful Atkinson Pool. Our weather tends to
be a shade milder than our neighbors just to the west, who live outside the
495 belt around Boston. The snow melts a little faster, the spring sun shines a
bit warmer, and we’re just that much closer to the ocean beaches beckoning us
in the dog days of summer!