Photo courtesy of dee & tula monstah
Named after a market town in England, Marlborough, Mass. can trace its roots all the wall back to the middle of the 17th century, when a handful of townspeople from nearby Sudbury moved west and started their own farming community in the central New England wilderness, which was then thought of as the "frontier." Over the next 150 or so years, history did not turn its back on the area in and around Marlborough. For example, Concord saw the opening salvo of the Revolutionary War in April of 1775 and 19th century writers Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Louisa May Alcott lived and worked in other nearby towns. Today, Marlborough thrives as a bedroom community of sort, boasting many big city amenities but, thankfully, lacking the high prices, traffic, and constant bustle. Industry, too, has focused its attention on this Massachusetts hamlet, particularly the Rockport Company, Compaq, and Fidelity, all of whom followed the lead of the legendary Frye Boot Company, which maintained a production plant here until the 70s. Easy access to the Massachusetts Turnpike, I-495, and other key highways, however, ensures that the sights of Boston and the rest of Middlesex County are little more than a few minutes' drive away.