Merrimack Valley Massachusetts

Cities and Towns / Littleton


Littleton is a rare industrial town that lies on the western edge of suburban Boston. Part of the town was allocated as an Indian preserve known as the Nashoba Indian Praying Town. The settlement of Littleton was delayed by the frontier wars until the early 18th century when intense competition occurred over Indian lands abandoned when natives were deported to Deer Island during King Philip’s war. By the 19th century some of the finest apple orchards in the state grew here. The apples supplied town cider mills, which in turn shipped their product to Boston. The Cider mills, which also began made vinegar, eventually consolidated to become the Very Fine Apple Products Company. The town remains a significantly agricultural community with poultry farms, dairies and orchards. It has preserved several 18th century center-chimney houses and unique brick cottages.
TransportationHighways: State Route 2, Interstate Route 495Commuter Rail: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Grimes Lane & Foster Street
Schools and EducationLittleton High SchoolLittleton Middle SchoolRussel Street ElementaryShaker Lane ElementaryTiger’s Den, K-5Nashoba Valley Tech High School
Additional InfoTown Hall: 978-540-2460Fire Department: 978-540-2302 Police Department:
Incorporated in: 1714Population: 8,924Total Area: 17.5 sq. milesLand Area: 16.6 sq. miles Density: 492.5 per sq. mileMedian Household Income: $96,740Median household Size: 2.7

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