Located some 26 miles west of Boston, Hopkinton, Massachusetts is a proud town perhaps best known as the starting point of the Boston Marathon. Covering over 28 square miles, it is surrounded by the towns of Westborough, Southborough, Ashland, Upton, Milford, and Holliston. It has a population of approximately 15,000 people.
Hopkinton has a variety of recreational opportunities, including Hopkinton State Park, Whitehall State Park, the beach at Lake Maspenock, the Saddle Hill Country Club, tennis, fishing, and other activities. When new residents move to town, they receive information on these facilities and other programs to welcome them to become involved in all the town has to offer.
Hopkinton is conveniently located by major interstates and state roads, allowing residents easy access to the rest of Massachusetts and beyond. The Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 495 interchange is located at the northern border of the town. Routes 9, 30, 135, and 85 provide additional options to get around. Though there is no public transit in the town itself, the Southborough commuter rail station is located just across the border in Southborough.
Hopkinton was incorporated in 1715, and has recently celebrated its 300 year anniversary. It was named for Edward Hopkins of Connecticut, who donated the money to Harvard University that was used to purchase this section of land.
It began, like many other Massachusetts towns, as an agricultural area. Grain was the first and primary crop, followed by fruit and dairy. By 1840, industry began to take over with eleven shoe and boot factories calling the town home. When fire destroyed some of these factories in 1882, they did not reopen and the industry slowly faded from town.
Today, Hopkinton is home to residential communities, small farms, and a variety of stores and businesses including EMC Corporation. EMC Corporation is the largest technology company in Massachusetts, creating over 6,800 jobs and providing over $1 million in tax revenue to the town.
The Boston Marathon began in 1897, getting the inspiration from the 1896 Olympic Games. Originally 24.5 miles, it was lengthened to the new Olympic standard of 42 km, requiring the starting line to be moved to Hopkinton in 1924. It is the world’s oldest annual marathon and one of the most prestigious, attracting racers from across the globe.
The race is held each year on the 3rd Monday in April – Patriots’ Day. Over 30,000 racers descend on Hopkinton’s Main Street, supported and cheered by the residents and businesses of the town at the starting line. The race then winds through several Massachusetts cities and towns, ending in Boston.
Hopkinton, Massachusetts has a 300 year history of being a “caring place to live.” Residents and businesses are encouraged to actively contribute to town events, including the Marathon, to maintain this caring community spirit.