Introduction to Harvard, Massachusetts

Harvard, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 16 miles SW of Lowell, Massachusetts (center to center) and 29 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts.

Harvard History

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.

Harvard Transportation

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.

Harvard Almanac

County Worcester County
Standard Zip Codes1451
Phone Area Codes978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.5
Approximate Longitude-71.58

Harvard Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance8.9 miles
Jan Temp15 to 33 F
Apr Temp37 to 55 F
Jul Temp63 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip49.1 inches
Distance15.1 miles
Jan Temp14 to 33 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 85 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip43.1 inches
Distance16 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Harvard Public Libraries

Harvard Public Library
Harvard, Massachusetts
(978) 456-4114

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Harvard Public Schools

14 Massachusetts Avenue
ZIP: 1451
(978) 456-4152
Total Enrollment 710
Hildreth Elementary School
27 Massachusetts Avenue
ZIP: 1451
(978) 456-4145
Total Enrollment 433
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