Groton (Massachusetts)

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Groton (Massachusetts)

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Groton [1] is a town in Middlesex County, in the Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts. Groton was founded in the year 1884, and is the home of many historical sites, such as the battlefield of King Phillip’s War from 1675-1678. Groton is 33.7 sq miles total, with a population of 10,646 people.

Groton is well-known for it's two main private schools, The Groton School [2], and Lawrence Academy [3].

Get in[edit]

The town of Groton is exit 32 off Route 495. When you get off of the highway, make a left and continue straight down route 119 until you see the signs that read "Welcome to Groton."

Get around[edit]

The town of Groton is quite easy to get around by car. Most locations are also reachable by bikes. The town provides many sidewalks, and there is also a bike trail that goes through the town into neighboring towns. [4]

See[edit][add listing]

The historical sites of Groton may very well be it’s most interesting aspect. The town has maintained most all of it’s historical sites, and leaves them open to the public.

  • The main church located in the center of town was built in 1755, and was also used for political or social events. The church remains open to this day, and is still used for the same functions. Originally, the front commons of the church were used for the minutemen, who joined against the British in 1755. The town now decorates the front commons for Christmas, hanging lights from a large tree centered in front of the Church. This is a beautiful sight in the town considering that it is located on the main street. [5]
  • 1900’s, the castle still stands strong. Originally, the Brancroft Castle was said to be created by a man who was building it for his wife - but when she died, he was only halfway finished and left it as it was. The castle is located on a hill in the town, which overlooks the main street. The castle is open to the public, and is one of the most visited locations of the town. [6]
  • The old (and first) Baptist church of Groton, located on the center of Main Street, is home to the oldest and most used bell of the town. This 90-year old clock was given to the town by a man named Dr. Samuel Green. Paul Matisse, a current resident, has the responsibility of maintaining the clock. When it reaches noon, the bells ring, and echo through the center of town. This church is still open to the public, and is used for events on occasion. [7]
  • A nice aspect of the town of Groton, is that the walking and hiking trails that weave through the town have been maintained for years. Over 30% of the land in the town is protected open space, which is open to the public through an extensive network of trails. There are over 100 trails, that cover over 100 miles of the town’s land. The town enjoys one of the richest trail networks in the state. Residents are able to enjoy the trail routes, which are maintained by the Groton Trails Committee, a group of people who work together to keep the trails in pristine conditions. [8]

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Apple picking at Autumn Hills Orchard [9] Located at 495 Chicopee Rd.
  • Golf and Swim at Groton Country Club [10] Located at 49 Lovers Ln.
  • Hiking conservation land at Rocky Hill Wildlife Sanctuary [11] Located on Cardinal Ln.
  • Kayaking, Paddle-boarding, and more at Nashoba Paddler [12] Located at 398 West Main St.
  • Body Mind Spirit Day Spa [13] Located at 493 Main St.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Gibbet Hill Grill [14] Located at 61 Lowell Rd. One of the only restaurants in New England that has a produce farm on site, and Chef Tom Fosnot shapes his menu around what is seasonally available.
  • Blackbird Cafe [15] Located at 491 Main St. Best local spot for coffee, espresso, tea, and pastries. Swing by for some real NY bagels.
  • Main House Chinese [16] Located at 495 Main St. Specializes in Mandarin, Szechuan, Cantonese and Thai restaurant
  • The Tavern [17] Located at 94 Lovers Ln. Offers ix beers on tap with a great selection of craft beers, live music every friday and saturday night, burgers and more.
  • Filho's Cucina [18] Located at 235 Main St. Remarkable Italian cooking at very low prices. Local family run restaurant with a friendly environment.
  • Johnson's Ice Cream [19] Located at 164 Boston Rd. Catch of the day, Homemade Soups, Pastas and Home Cooked Meals. Offers a full ice cream selection.

Drink[edit][add listing]

The following restaurants offer full open bars.

  • Ixtapa Cantina [20] Located at 765 Boston Rd.
  • Gibbet Hill Grill [21] Located at 61 Lowell Rd.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Sleeping is limited in Groton, if you are looking for places to stay please check surrounding locations such as the neighboring town Westford, Massachusetss.

  • Westford Regency [22] (Rooms from $99.00 a night)