Harvard

HARVARD is a beautiful New England town with rolling hills and spectacular views. located in Worcester County. A farming community settled in 1658 and incorporated in 1732, it has a long history and been home to several non-traditional communities, such as Harvard Shaker Village and the utopian Transcendentalist center Fruitlands. As of the 2018 census the approximate population is 6,542.

Europeans first settled in what later became Harvard in the 17th century, along a road connecting Lancaster with Groton that was formally laid out in 1658. There were few inhabitants until after King Philip's War, in which Groton and Lancaster were attacked and substantially destroyed. Over the next 50 years the population grew until it had reached a point adequate to support a church.

One notable early enterprise based in Harvard was the Benjamin Ball Pencil Company which produced some of the first writing instruments made in the United States. They operated in the Old Mill district from 1830 to 1860. Despite this and other limited manufacturing, the town economy was primarily based on agriculture until the middle of the 20th century. This past is most prominently visible in the number of apple orchards. It is now mostly a residential "bedroom community" for workers at companies in Boston and its suburbs. Approximately 45 miles north west of Boston.

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