The geographical center of Massachusetts is located on Central Tree Road in the town of Rutland. A Crimson Liberty Maple tree marks the exact location. 

With its current population nearing 9,000, Rutland is known locally as” the place to be” over the Fourth of July. This year the celebrations were spread over three days culminating with the 68th annual parade. There is something for all ages with events including a junior olympics, volleyball tournament, bike and doll carriage parade, road races, lip sync contest, band concert, chicken BBQ, strawberry festival, pancake breakfast and fireworks.

Heifer Farm on Overlook Road is one of four sites owned by Heifer International. It’s a great spot for family fun with lots of hands-on experiences and farm knowledge focusing on the environment and helping others globally. They offer overnight programs, workshops and summer day camps.

Rutland State Park, located near the intersection of Routes 122A and 122, is a 300 acre recreational area offering swimming, picnicking, and boating. Both the Central Mass Rail Trail and the Mid-State Trail offer walking and hiking experiences near the State Park and Long Pond.