The Magunco Tub

There’s a long standing rivalry between Ashland and Hopkinton that spans generations. Most will recall it as the annual Thanksgiving Day football game, but this event dates back to our incorporation in 1846. August 13th, 1846 to be exact. From our earlier visits we know that Ashland was the result of land from Hopkinton, Framingham, and Holliston. When Ashland incorporated […]

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Then and Now

I thought it would be fun to spend some time visiting places in town that either no longer exist, or have changed significantly over the years. These places are in no particular order or timeframe, and many have come from townsfolk like you who’ve asked, “Do you remember…?” Romeo’s Plaza, located on Union St. (Rt. 135) between Metropolitan Ave. and […]

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Unionville

Where’s Unionville? Well, if you are a home recipient of the Directions you are probably sitting within its boundaries right now. Unionville became Ashland when the town was incorporated in 1846. More on that in a minute, but let’s look at the composition of Unionville. The village was equal parts of Framingham and Hopkinton, and 20% Holliston, give or take […]

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Frank Metcalf

Driving around town it is difficult not to notice there are many streets in Ashland named after former landowners, or prominent figures that apparently left an impression worthy of eternal recognition. A few that come to mind are Tilton Ave, James Jackson Way, Homer Ave., and Metcalf Ave. Today‚Äôs story is about a member of one of those families: Frank […]

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Field Day

Every September, Ashland holds a community day called Ashland Day. It is a day where townsfolk can meet each other and enjoy all the finest that living in New England has to offer. There are food concessions, parades (well, most of the time), information booths, music, games, raffles, and a stage at the gazebo for recognizing the people that contribute […]

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