Introduction to Townsend, Massachusetts
Townsend was first settled in 1676, and was officially incorporated in 1732. It is named in honor of a British cabinet minister, Viscount Charles Townshend. In 1733, the first mill was built in Townsend Harbor, which is presently a major tourist attraction.
Townsend and Nearby Attractions
- Willard Brook State Park
- Townsend State Forest
- Walden Pond
- Conant House
- Children's Metamorphosis Museum
Things To Do In Townsend
The Children's Metamorphosis Museum, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, the Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum, and the Peterborough Historical Society Museum are some of the museums in the area. The Squannacook River provides opportunities for boating, swimming and fishing. Townsend State Forest, Willard Brook State Park, and Pearl Hill State Park have provisions for fishing, swimming, horse back riding, picnicking, and camping. Historical sites such as the Gropius House and the Minute Man National Historical Park provide information pertaining to the local history.
Logan International Airport is a major airport nearby.
Townsend Higher Education
Colleges nearby include Fitchburg State College, Mount Wachusett Community College and Quinsigamond Community College.