Introduction to Topsfield, Massachusetts
Topsfield, Massachusetts, in Essex county, is 11 miles SE of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center) and 20 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. The town contains a population of approximately 6,141.
Originally, the town of Topsfield was inhabited by Native Americans, who made a living by hunting and gathering food. The first white settlers arrived in 1635. Masconomet, the Chief of the surviving Native Americans, sold his property to John Winthrop for 20 pounds. This property now lies in Northern Essex County. To begin, the Topsfield economy was agriculturally based, but by the 1800s, a number of shoe-making factories, stores and inns appeared. With the approach of the 20th century, many large estates were formed. Further changes have since taken place and the town is now a rural suburban community.
Topsfield and Nearby Attractions
- Beverly Historical Society & Museum
- Bradley Palmer State Park
- Boston Athenaeum
- Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
- New England Aquarium
Things To Do In Topsfield
Apart from having a peaceful, rural atmosphere, Topsfield also provides numerous recreational opportunities. Nearby parks include, Bradley Palmer State Park, Klock Park, Pye Brook Park, and Georgetown Rowley State Forest. There are also many museums near Topsfield including the American Textile History Museum, the Amos Blanchard House & Barn Museum, and the Armenian Library and Museum of America. Other places of interest are the Gould Barn and the Parson Capen House.
General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport is nearby.
Topsfield Higher Education
The colleges closest to Topsfield are Endicott College, Gordon - Conwell Theological Seminary, North Shore Community College, and Gordon College.