ACTON is in the Middlesex County and has a total area of 20.3 square miles. It was incorporated in 1753. Almost all of Acton is forested, except for where it has been cleared for residential or agricultural use. Some forested areas have been put aside for special use by corporations. A
Approximately twenty-one miles west-northwest Boston, along Route 2. The population was 23,455 at the 2018 census.
The current geography of Acton was created when the last wave of glaciers retreated approximately ten thousand years ago. Acton has nine drumlins — hills which are composed of glacial till. In addition, Wills Hole and Grassy Pond are kettle ponds which were formed in depressions in the till formed by large blocks of ice.
Acton has two primary stream systems: the Nashoba Brook system including the incoming streams Butter Brook, Wills Hole Brook and Conant Brook and the Fort Pond Brook system including the incoming streams Guggins Brook, Inch Brook, Grassy Pond Brook, Pratt's Brook and Coles Brook. Both stream systems empty into the Assabet River, which passes briefly through the town at its southern corner. Nagog Pond in the north, forms Acton's border with the Town of Littleton and provides drinking water to the Town of Concord. A small artificial pond is at NARA Park in North Acton.
The town is known for the 5 Villages. While Acton Center has been the civic center of the town since the revolution, the four other village centers earned their nomenclature from the names of their corresponding railroad station. There is North Acton, South Acton, West Acton, and East Acton villages.
Today Acton still feels like a small town but has a lot to offer. There are numerous restaurants, a wide variety of every day and specialty shops, spas, coffee shops, and so much more. The Nashoba Valley ski resort that is active all year round with skiing, dining, tiki hut, swimming and special events.
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