Introduction to Ashburnham, Massachusetts
The land which forms the current town of Ashburnham was given to officers and soldiers of a 1690 expedition to Canada as official land grants. The first settlers arrived in Ashburnham in 1736, and the community was officially incorporated in 1765, 11 years before the nation attained independence from England. Prior to incorporation, the area was called the "Plantation of Dorchester-Canada." According to one tradition, the community was christened "Ashburnham" in the honor of the Earl of Ashburnham in Pembrey. However, other sources claim that the town was named after the Sussex community of Ashburnham.
Ashburnham and Nearby Attractions
- Gardner Museum
- Salisbury Mansion
- Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial House
- Federated Womens Club State Forest
- Watatic Mountain State Wildlife Area
- Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Things To Do In Ashburnham
The Gardner Museum, located in Worcester County, houses exhibits of historical importance. Fruitland Museums includes the Shaker museum, a farmhouse, Indian artifacts and other memorabilia. Other museums and historic sites close to Ashburnham include the Hudson Historical Society Museum, the Peterborough Historical Society Museum, the Salisbury Mansion, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial House, the Orchard House, Wright's Tavern, and the Shirley Historical Society Museum. Ashburnham also offers access to a number of state forests such as the Federated Womens Club State Forest, the Leominster State Forest, the Otter River State Forest, the Willard Brook State Forest, and the Marshall State Forest. Monadnock State Park, Miller State Park, Rhododendron State Park, and Silver Lake State Park are some of the popular parks in the area.
Bradley International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Ashburnham Higher Education
Mount Wachusett Community College, Fitchburg State College, Franklin Pierce College, and Atlantic Union College are some of the nearby colleges.