Introduction to Harvard, Massachusetts
Harvard, which was settled in the 17th century by Europeans, was incorporated in 1732 and included parts of Groton, Stow and Lancaster. According to a tradition, the town was named in honor of John Harvard, the first patron of Harvard University. Until the mid 20th century, the economy of Harvard was agriculturally based. The town is located in Worcester County, which was founded on April 2, 1731.
Harvard and Nearby Attractions
- Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge
- Bare Hill Pond
- Fruitlands Museum
- Mohawk Trail
- Minute Man National Historical Park
Things To Do In Harvard
There are several parks near Harvard including Quinsigamond State Park, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Willard Brook State Forest, and Cochituate State Park. The Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, near the Nashua River, is near Harvard. The Harvard Town Beach offers a variety of recreational activities like swimming, boating, whitewater paddling, hiking, and golfing. The Fruitlands Museum displays historical artifacts. The Evangelical Congregational Church, Saint Theresa’s Church, New Patriots Church, and Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church are some of the local churches.
Air transportation is available from Worcester Regional Airport.
Harvard Higher Education
Middlesex Community College, Fitchburg State College, and Brandeis University are some of the colleges near Harvard.