Introduction to Shirley, Massachusetts
The first permanent European settlement in the area was founded sometime around 1720. The area was once part of the Plantation of Groton, Shirley separated from Groton and was incorporated in 1753. The town was named after William Shirley, the Governor of Massachusetts from 1741 to 1757.
Shirley and nearby Attractions
- American Textile History Museum
- Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial House
- Benjamin Hill Recreation Area
- Stone Zoo
- Wyman's Beach
- Doyle Field
Things To Do In Shirley
Local museums include the Hands-On Art Museum and Fruitlands Museum. The Charles River Canoe Center offers opportunities for canoeing, while the Benjamin Hill Recreation Area is accessible from Shirley as well. Wyman's Beach is the nearest beach.
Boston Logan International is the nearest major airport.
Shirley Higher Education
Nearby colleges and universities include Fitchburg State College, Middlesex Community College, Brandeis University and Quinsigamond Community College, among others.