Town Reconnaissance Survey Reports

Reconnaissance Survey Town Reports, produced for MHC’s Statewide Reconnaissance Survey between 1979 and 1987, introduce the historical development of each of the Commonwealth’s municipalities. Each report contains an historic overview, a description of topography, and political boundaries. Each report evaluates the town’s existing historic properties inventory, highlights significant historic buildings and settlement patterns, and presents threats to these resources. A bibliography lists key secondary resources.

Town reports are designed for use with a series of town maps that demarcate settlement patterns, transportation corridors, and industrial sites for each historic period. The maps are on file and available for consultation at MHC. 

These reports are two decades or more old. The information they contain dates to the time they were written. In some cases, information on certain topics was not completed. No attempt has been made to update this information.

Reports are available for 319 of the 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. Click on town name to download a report. (Towns listed in italics do not have town reports.)

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A

Abington

Acton

Acushnet

Adams

Agawam

Alford

Amesbury

Amherst

Andover

Aquinnah

Arlington

Ashburnham

Ashby

Ashfield

Ashland

Athol

Attleboro

Auburn

Avon

Ayer

B

Barnstable

Barre

Becket

Bedford

Belchertown

Bellingham

Belmont

Berkley

Berlin

Bernardston

Beverly

Billerica

Blackstone

Blandford

Bolton

Boston

Bourne

Boxborough

Boxford

Boylston

Braintree

Brewster

Bridgewater

Brimfield

Brockton

Brookfield

Brookline

Buckland

Burlington

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Cambridge

Canton

Carlisle

Carver

Charlemont

Charlton

Chatham

Chelmsford

Chelsea

Cheshire

Chester

Chesterfield

Chicopee

Chilmark

Clarksburg

Clinton

Cohasset

Colrain

Concord

Conway

Cummington

 

D

Dalton

Danvers

Dartmouth

Dedham

Deerfield

Dennis

Dighton

Douglas

Dover

Dracut

Dudley

Dunstable

Duxbury

E

East Bridgewater

East Brookfield

East Longmeadow

Eastham

Easthampton

Easton

Edgartown

Egremont

Erving

Essex

Everett

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Fairhaven

Fall River

Falmouth

Fitchburg

Florida

Foxborough

Framingham

Franklin

Freetown

G

Gardner

Georgetown

Gill

Gloucester

Goshen

Gosnold

Grafton

Granby

Granville

Great Barrington

Greenfield

Groton

Groveland

H

Hadley

Halifax

Hamilton

Hampden

Hancock

Hanover

Hanson

Hardwick

Harvard

Harwich

Hatfield

Haverhill

Hawley

Heath

Hingham

Hinsdale

Holbrook

Holden

Holland

Holliston

Holyoke

Hopedale

Hopkinton

Hubbardston

Hudson

Hull

Huntington

I

Ipswich

K

Kingston

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Lakeville

Lancaster

Lanesborough

Lawrence

Lee

Leicester

Lenox

Leominster

Leverett

Lexington

Leyden

Lincoln

Littleton

Longmeadow

Lowell

Ludlow

Lunenburg

Lynn

Lynnfield

M

Malden

Manchester-by-the-Sea

Mansfield

Marblehead

Marion

Marlborough

Marshfield

Mashpee

Mattapoisett

Maynard

Medfield

Medford

Medway

Melrose

Mendon

Merrimac

Methuen

Middleborough

Middlefield

Middleton

Milford

Millbury

Millis

Millville

Milton

Monroe

Monson

Montague

Monterey

Montgomery

Mount Washington

N

Nahant

Nantucket

Natick

Needham

New Ashford

New Bedford

New Braintree

New Marlborough

New Salem

Newbury

Newburyport

Newton

Norfolk

North Adams

North Andover

North Attleborough

North Brookfield

North Reading

Northampton

Northborough

Northbridge

Northfield

Norton

Norwell

Norwood

O

Oak Bluffs

Oakham

Orange

Orleans

Otis

Oxford

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Palmer

Paxton

Peabody

Pelham

Pembroke

Pepperell

Peru

Petersham

Phillipston

Pittsfield

Plainfield

Plainville

Plymouth

Plympton

Princeton

Provincetown

Q

Quincy

R

Randolph

Raynham

Reading

Rehoboth

Revere

Richmond

Rochester

Rockland

Rockport

Rowe

Rowley

Royalston

Russell

Rutland

S

Salem

Salisbury

Sandisfield

Sandwich

Saugus

Savoy

Scituate

Seekonk

Sharon

Sheffield

Shelbourne

Sherborn

Shirley

Shrewsbury

Shutesbury

Somerset

Somerville

South Hadley

Southampton

Southborough

Southbridge

Southwick

Spencer

Springfield

Sterling

Stockbridge

Stoneham

Stoughton

Stow

Sturbridge

Sudbury

Sunderland

Sutton

Swampscott

Swansea

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Taunton

Templeton

Tewksbury

Tisbury

Tolland

Topsfield

Townsend

Truro

Tyngsborough

Tyringham

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Upton

Uxbridge

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Wakefield

Wales

Walpole

Waltham

Ware

Wareham

Warren

Warwick

Washington

Watertown

Wayland

Webster

Wellesley

Wellfleet

Wendell

Wenham

West Boylston

West Bridgewater

West Brookfield

West Newbury

West Springfield

West Stockbridge

West Tisbury

Westborough

Westfield

Westford

Westhampton

Westminster

Weston

Westport

Westwood

Weymouth

Whatley

Whitman

Wilbraham

Williamsburg

Williamstown

Wilmington

Winchendon

Winchester

Windsor

Winthrop

Woburn

Worcester

Worthington

Wrentham

   

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Yarmouth

     

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