Ashland is a residential town located in Middlesex County near Framingham. It’s a 45 minute drive to Boston and about an hour’s drive to Providence, Rhode Island. Ashland has a stop on the Framingham/Worcester commuter rail and is also close to the Mass Pike, route 9 and interstate 495.
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The population of Ashland has grown 13% since 2000 to 16,593. Year to date, the number of homes sold in Ashland has increased 30% and the average selling price has increased 7% compared to the same period in 2012. The average price for a single family home in Ashland is $367,998 and the average price for a condo is $260,132.
What Makes Ashland a Great Town to Live In?
Ashland is known as the “home of the electric clock,” because it’s where Telechron Clocks was established in 1912. Telechron manufactured electric clocks in Ashland until 1979. Ashland is also known as the original starting line for the Boston Marathon, until it moved to neighboring Hopkinton in 1924.
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Each September, Ashland holds their annual “Ashland Day,” the town’s largest community event. The festivities include a children’s bike parade, fireworks, carnival rides, a petting zoo, and food from local eateries.
Ashland is home to several large parks including Stone Park, where we will be for the Fox 25 Morning News Zip Trip, broadcast live on July 19th. Residents also enjoy going to Ashland State Park, a 470-acre park, with a public beach, a boat ramp, fishing spots, picnic areas, and hiking and biking trails.
Hopkinton State Park has areas located in both Ashland and Hopkinton, and is one of the most popular park destinations in Massachusetts. Hopkinton State Park has over 1,500 acres of natural forest and open fields, along with a spring fed lake, 3 islands, 2 life guarded swimming beaches, stocked fishing, picnic areas with charcoal cooking grills, 10 miles of marked trails, and boat launching ramp.
There are several dining options in Ashland. One popular spot in Ashland is Stone’s Public House, built in 1834, which serves American fare and a variety of craft beers. The Oregon Club, built in 1922 as a rooming house, offers casual dining and traditional dishes like seafood and steak.
Ashland is served by the Ashland Public School System, including Ashland High School which opened in 2005. Ashland also includes the Ashland Preschool, the Henry Warren and David Mindess Elementary Schools, and Ashland Middle School.
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