The Town of Shirley is a rural industrial community located on the lowlands of the Catacunemaug River. It was considered the frontier when the handful of earliest colonists arrived in 1720 and settled on scattered farms in the town. Shirley was home to a thriving Shaker community from 1793-1908. Tours offered by the historical society introduce visitors to the architecture and lifestyle of the Shakers who lived in Shirley. 

Commuter rail service via the train station in Shirley Village
Highway access via Route 2A and nearby Route 2

Schools and Education
Lura A. White Elementary School
Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School
Ayer Shirley Regional High School

Additional Info
Town Hall: 978-425-2600 x205
Fire Department: 978-425-4334
Police Department: 978-425-2642

Incorporated in: 1753
Population: 7,211
Total Area: 15.9 sq. miles
Land Area: 15.8 sq. miles
Density: 402.7 per sq. miles
Median Household Income: $29,876
Median household Size: 2.55