Towns & Cities

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Get to know the towns and cities of Central Massachusetts.

395 Corridor


Auburn is a vibrant community, combining New England charm with the convenience of an excellent transportation network and robust commercial and industrial base. 


The Town of Dudley lies between the French and Quinebaug Rivers, just north of the Connecticut border. Here, you’ll find Nichols College and the Quinebaug River Valley Rail Trail, among other attractions.


Oxford offers opportunities aplenty to bask in the New England landscape, like hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross country skiing along the French River and Hodges Village Dam. 


Webster’s richest asset is the freshwater Lake Chaubunagungamaug, which you can enjoy while riding the Indian Princess.

Blackstone Valley


Historical remnants of a once booming industrial era line the Blackstone River, which winds through the rural town of Blackstone.


With over 5,000 acres of recreational land, including a 300 acre lake, there is no shortage of outdoor fun to be found in Douglas.


A rich Native American history is weaved through the semi-rural town of Grafton, home of the Hassanamisco Indian Museum and Reservation.


The pristine waters of Lake Nipmuc run through Mendon, along with lakeside dining, the largest zoo in New England and the nostalgic Mendon Twin Drive-In.   


The Blackstone River flows through Millbury, a town rich in history with icons like the Asa Waters Mansion, a historic event venue. 


A small town on the Rhode Island border, Millville boasts several scenic spots as well as some deep historic roots and buildings.


Northbridge represents America’s story with an active agricultural landscape still producing vegetables, fruits and dairy products, yet it’s filled with mills and mill villages directly connecting it to America’s journey toward industrialization.


With a town common seemingly out of a Norman Rockwell painting, Sutton has maintained commitment to conserving both nature and history. You won’t want to miss a hike through the geologic preserve, Purgatory Chasm State Reservation.


Upton is a residential community with a proud history of farming and straw hat manufacturing.


Uxbridge is home to the Nation's first female voter—and in addition to antiques and the Blackstone River, you’ll find farm to table excellence at The UxLocale.


Just southeast of Purgatory Chasm, Whitinsville is an unincorporated village within the town of Northbridge with a charming small business scene on Church Street.

Sturbridge Townships


The town of Brookfield has evolved from rural farmlands to the home of several industries, yet still maintains its natural scenery at hidden gems.


Recognized as one of the safest towns in Massachusetts, Charlton boasts a rural landscape that’s especially fun to offroad on at 508 International. 

East Brookfield

Follow Route 9 long enough and you’ll reach East Brookfield, home to attractions like Lake Lashaway and Timberyard Brewing Company. 


Agriculture has been, and still remains, the root of Hardwick. A town located in the Quabbin-Swift River Valley, Hardwick is home to the Hardwick Vineyard and Winery and Lost Towns Brewery.

North Brookfield

North Brookfield’s residents are proud of its historical ties that include having sent 150 Minutemen to the Battle of Lexington & Concord and is also home to family-friendly Brookfield Orchards.

New Braintree

Known for its farms and bountiful harvests, New Braintree is a Right to Farm Community, with eight working dairy farms, a commercial orchard and several prosperous produce farms.


Often referred to as “The Eye of the Commonwealth” for its profound optical manufacturing past, Southbridge is a town rich in history, architecture and culture.


Spencer has become a coveted destination for visitors, home to the peaceful St. Joseph’s Abbey, which houses a community of Trappist monks who make local jams and brews.  


With colonial roots and peppered with modern amenities, Sturbridge dawns grassy commons, antique shops and boutiques, orchards, wooded trails and quaint bed and breakfasts.

W. Brookfield

West Brookfield is a quintessential New England town nestled among the Quaboag hills about halfway between Springfield and Worcester.


Warren is one of six existing towns that were first settled in 1660 and are known as the Quaboag Plantation.



Berlin, a small town at the northeast edge of the region, is a popular destination for equestrian events at local farms.


With a population of about 4,000, Boylston is a small town with some big attractions, like New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill. 


Holden has transitioned from its rural farming roots into a highly sought after, family-friendly community, with attractions like the Farm at Summitwynds.


Rich with wildlife, ponds, streams and conservation land, the nature of Oakham is just a quick drive from bustling Worcester.


Home to beautiful Moore State Park, Paxton is a popular destination for New England visitors and locals alike.


Rutland is home to an expansive state park, including Whitehall Pond, that offers days of outdoor exploration.

West Boylston

West Boylston’s Old Stone Church and nearby antique shops are two good reasons to visit this northern suburb of Worcester.



Located in the Heart of the Commonwealth, Worcester is New England’s second largest city, marrying the historic charm of a small town with the conveniences and attractions of a thriving metropolis.


West of Worcester Airport, you’ll find Leicester, a rural historical town with some unique attractions, like a drive-in theater and a “secret” Quaker cemetery.


To the east of the city’s edge, Lake Quinsigamond brings many to one of the country’s premier rowing venues. The convenience of shopping on Route 9 also attracts many.

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