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Overview

Introduction to Lancaster, Massachusetts

Lancaster, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 14 miles NE of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center) and 32 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, 7,380 people lived in Lancaster.

Lancaster History

Lancaster, which was settled in 1643, was originally named Nashaway after the Nashaway Indian tribes. It was founded by John Prescott and incorporated in 1653, as Lancaster on the Nashua. It was named after the City of Lancaster in Lancashire, England, and was home to the Beaman Oak, the largest oak tree in Massachusetts from 1623 - 1677. Towns like Bolton, Clinton, Harvard, Hudson, Berlin, Stow, Marlborough, Boylston, and Leominster were once a part of the Town of Lancaster.

Lancaster and Nearby Attractions

  • Lancaster State Forest
  • Fifth Meeting House
  • Worcester Art Museum
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden
  • Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge
  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

Things To Do In Lancaster

Lancaster is home to Fiske Hill National Park and Lancaster State Forest. There are several rivers and brooks that offer opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, and other water sports including the North Nashua River, Ponakin Brook, McGovern Brook, and Still River. The Evangelical Congregational Church, Convent of the Cenacle, and First Church of Christ are some of the local churches. Other popular places to visit include Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, Tower Hill Botanical Garden, and Hudson Historical Society Museum.

Lancaster Transportation

Worcester Regional Airport is nearby.

Lancaster Higher Education

Colleges near Lancaster include Fitchburg State College, Middlesex Community College, and Quinsigamond Community College.

Lancaster Almanac

CategoryValue
County Worcester County
Standard Zip Codes1523
Phone Area Codes
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.45
Approximate Longitude-71.66

Lancaster Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCLINTON
Distance3.9 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
StationWORCESTER RGNL AP
Distance16.9 miles
Jan Temp16 to 31 F
Apr Temp36 to 54 F
Jul Temp61 to 79 F
Oct Temp41 to 58 F
Annual Precip49 inches
StationFRAMINGHAM
Distance17.7 miles
Jan Temp16 to 36 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Clinton7,150$64,851

Lancaster Public Libraries

Thayer Memorial Library
717 MAIN ST.
Lancaster, Massachusetts
(978) 368-8928

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Lancaster Public Schools

Luther Burbank Middle School
1 Hollywood Drive
ZIP: 1523
(978) 365-4558
Middle
Total Enrollment 255
Mary Rowlandson Elementary
103 Hollywood Drive
ZIP: 1523
(978) 368-8482
Primary
Total Enrollment 466

Lancaster Private Schools

Doctor Franklin Perkins School
971 Main St
ZIP: 1523
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 131
Nashoba Montessori School
94 Main St
ZIP: 1523
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
New River Academy
220 Old Common Rd Campbell Building
ZIP: 1523
Secondary
Total Enrollment 9
Rfk Lancaster School
220 Old Common Rd
ZIP: 1523
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 37
Trivium School
471 Langen Rd
ZIP: 1523
Secondary
Total Enrollment 76
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