Introduction to Mendon, Massachusetts
The area around the present town of Mendon was originally inhabited by the Nipmuc Indians. The first settlers, who were from Roxbury, came in the 1640’s. The land was purchased from the Nipmuc Indian Chief Great John in 1662, and Mendon was officially incorporated in 1667. The original town consisted of the modern towns of Milford, Bellingham, Hopedale, and Uxbridge, which is why the town is nicknamed as Mother Mendon. It was partially destroyed and a many lost their lives during the King Philip’s War in 1675. Reconstruction and resettlement occurred in 1680 assisted by the efforts of Robert Taft Sr., a pioneer who belonged to the famous Taft family. Mendon is named after a town in England.
Mendon and Nearby Attractions
- Southwick’s Zoo
- Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park
- Rhapsody Music and Arts Center
- Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
- St. Ann's Arts and Cultural Center
- Stone Park
Things To Do In Mendon
Local attractions include the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park or the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. The Southwick’s Zoo and Breezy Picnic Grounds Water Slide are ideal for family outings may be enjoyed. Several parks such as Ashland State Park, Hopkinton State Park, and Stone Park offer visitors outdoor recreational opportunities.
Air transportation is available at Theodore Francis Green State International Airport.
Mendon Higher Education
Colleges nearby include Bryant College, Framingham State College, Providence College and Rhode Island College. Individuals who do not have the time to attend one of these schools may have the option of enrolling in an online school. Students in these programs may be able to earn a degree in English, finance, business, or take courses on home health aid training.