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TOWNS OF MIDDLESEX COUNTY

Town Settled Incorporated Notes
Acton 1680 1736
Arlington 1630 1807 Inc. as town of West Cambridge. Also locally known as Menotomy. Renamed Arlington in 1867.
Ashby 1676 1767
Ashland 1750 1846 The name on the original petition for incorporation was Unionville.
Ayer 1668 1871
Bedford 1640 1729
Belmont 1636 1850
Billerica 1637 1655
Boxborough 1680 1835
Burlington 1641 1799
Cambridge 1630 1636 Inc. as New Towne in 1636, inc. as a city in 1846. Renamed Cambridge.
Carlisle 1650 1805
Chelmsford 1633 1655
Concord 1635 1635 Was called a plantation at Musketequid before incorporation.
Dracut 1664 1702
Dunstable 1656 1680
Everett 1649 1870 Inc. as a town in 1870, as a city in 1892.
Framingham 1650 1700
Groton 1655 1655 Before incorporation, was known as the plantation of Petepawag.
Holliston 1659 1724
Hopkinton 1715 1715 Formed from certain common lands and the plantation called Moguncoy.
Hudson 1699 1866
Lexington 1640 1713 Prior to incorporation, it was called the North Precinct of Cambridge.
Lincoln 1650 1754
Littleton 1686 1715 Indian name for the town was Nashoba.
Lowell 1653 1826 Inc. as a town in 1826, as a city in 1836.
Malden 1640 1649 Inc. as a town in 1649, as a city in 1881. Prior to 1649, it was part of Charlestown called Mystic Side.
Marlborough 1657 1660 Inc. as a town in 1660 and as city in 1890.
Maynard 1638 1871
Medford 1630-35 1684 Other possible names: Meadford, Metford.
Melrose 1629 1850 Inc. as town in 1850, as city in 1899.
Moguncoy, plantation of pre 1715
See Hopkinton.
Musketequid, plantation of pre 1635
See Concord
Natick 1718 1781 Originally an Indian plantation that when it became a town retained the Indian word for "a place of hills." The Indian name meant "end of hill range" or possibly "a clear place" or "the place of search".
Newton 1639 1691 Inc. as a town in 1691, as a city in 1871. Name came from New Towne (original name of Cambridge). In 1691, was also known as Cambridge Village or Little Cambridge.
North Reading 1651 1853
Pepperell 1720 1753
Petepawag, Plantation of pre 1655
See Groton
Pompositticut, plantation of 1681
See Stow.
Reading 1639 1644
Sherborn 1652 1674 Early spelling was Sherburne.
Shirley 1720 1753
Somerville 1630 1842 Inc. as town in 1842, as city in 1871.
Stoneham 1645 1725
Stow 1681 1683 Prior to 1683, known as the plantation of Pompositticut.
Sudbury 1683 1639
Tewksbury 1660 1734
Townsend 1676 1732
Wakefield 1639 1812 Originally inc. as South Reading.
Waltham 1634 1738 Inc. as town in 1738, as city in 1884.
Watertown 1630 1630
Wayland 1638 1780 Originally inc. as East Sudbury; renamed Wayland in 1835.
Westford 1653 1729
Weston 1642 1713 Was the West Precinct of Watertown, prior to 1713.
Wilmington 1639 1730
Winchester 1640 1850
Woburn 1640 1642 Known as Charlestowne Village prior to 1642.

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