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Shirley[1] is a city in Central Massachusetts. The town was named for former Governor William Shirley. The town was settled in 1720 and incorporated in 1775.

Get in

By Car

Route 2 West to Exit 38B (Route 110 / 111), 37B (Fort Devens) or 36 (Shirley Road)

By Train

Commuter Rail (Fitchburg Line) West to Shirley Station (Zone 8)

Get around

Not much public transit, need a car to get around.


  • Shirley Common – the public space where many summer festivals and town events occur.
  • First Parish Meeting House – On the Shirley Common. The building was built in 1773 moved to its current location in 1851.
  • Old Town Hall – Also on the Shirley Common next to First Parish Meeting House.
  • Center Cemetery – Across from Shirley Common.
  • Lake Shirley
  • Bull Run
  • Shirley Shaker Village[2]
  • Old Firehouse


  • Shirley Historical Society Museum at the Lucy Longley Memorial Building. 182 Center Road. [3] Museum Hours: Most Saturday's 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Special appointments are also possible.
  • Hazen Memorial Library 3 Keady Way (978-425-2620) [4]





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