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Townsend is a town in Massachusetts.


Townsend Common

Townsend sits on the border of New Hampshire, and has the largest land area of all the towns in Middlesex county, and one of smallest populations in said county. The town is made up of three distinct areas: West Townsend , Townsend Center, and Townsend Harbor.


The town was settled in 1676, and incorporated in 1732. It had always been a farming community, but by the late 1800s, Barrel Manufacturing came to be Townsend's largest industry with large manufactures, and more than 80 small cooper shops that provided components for the large manufacturers.

Get in[edit]

Map of Townsend (Massachusetts)

By car[edit]

Townsend is served by state routes 119 and 13.

From the east, take exit 31 on Interstate 495 then go 119 west to Townsend.

From the south, take Interstate 190 North to its northern terminus at Route 2. Take State route 2 west to exit 32, and from there route 13 North will take you from Leominster to Townsend.

From the west, Take Interstate 90 East to 190 North to its northern terminus at Route 2. Take State route 2 west to exit 32, and from there route 13 North will take you from Leominster to Townsend.

Coming in from the north, say, from Manchester International Airport, take NH 101 west to NH 13 South in Milford to Townsend.

Get around[edit]

A car our walking are going to be the only way to get around Townsend. There is no public transport into our out of town.


The Reed Homestead
  • 1 The Reed Homestead. A historic home in the village of Townsend Harbor. The house is notable mainly for its well-preserved murals on the second floor, attributed to Rufus Porter, founder of Scientific American magazine. The murals date from around 1800 to 1835, and are among the best-preserved examples anywhere of Porter's work. Reed Homestead (Q7306658) on Wikidata Reed Homestead on Wikipedia


  • 1 Meetinghouse Park.
  • 2 Townsend State Forest. Townsend State Forest (Q49332667) on Wikidata


  • 1 Evans On the Common, 18 Highland St (on the Townsend Common in the old Townsend SchoolHouse), +1 978-597-5117. Store that specializes in shoes, but has a selection of clothing, camping, & hiking supplies as well. The building was Townsend's first school, built in 1871.


  • Townsend House Restaurant and Tavern. Serves American & pub food
  • Cliff's Cafe. Popular local breakfast & lunch spot.
  • Panda Wok. Serves Asian dishes & Sushi


  • 1 Bailey's Bar and Grill.


There are no Hotels our B&B's in Townsend the only places available for sleeping in Townsend are Campgrounds.If you're looking for accommodations that are not camp sites the closest towns to find them would be Groton, Leominster, or Ayer.


  • 1 Townsend Public Library.
  • 2 Townsend Post Office.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Townsend
LeominsterFitchburg  S MA Route 13.svg N  Milford
RindgeAshburnham  W MA Route 119.svg E  PepperellGroton

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