Introduction to Billerica, Massachusetts
The city of Billerica originated from a Native American village of the early 1630s. At that time it was known as Shawsheen. There is a Native American burial site in the city that dates back to 1000 B.C. In 1638, Lt. Governor Thomas Dudley and Massachusetts Bay Governor John Winthrop were granted the land of present day Billerica and for the first time the city was settled by whites. They named the land Shawsheen Plantation. During the 1650s, families from Cambridge and Charlestown Village settled in this area. In 1655, the town of Billerica was incorporated.
Billerica and nearby Attractions
- Manning Manse
- Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
- Billerica State Forest
- Riverside Park
- Whistler House Museum of Art
Things To Do In Billerica
If you are fond of wildlife and hiking, you will simply love the wildlife refuge and the forest of Billerica. There are several historical sites and museums, parks, playgrounds, and shopping centers. The city also offers good transportation and within a short drive you can reach the sea coast, mountains and other attractions of Boston. Every September, the city celebrates the "Yankee Doodle Weekend."
The closest major airport is Boston Logan International.
Billerica Higher Education
The University of Massachusetts - Lowell serves the area.