Southborough, Massachusetts is located in Worcester County and covers 15.7 square miles of land. It is bordered by Northborough, Marlborough, Framingham, Westborough, Hopkinton, and Ashland. It is primarily a residential community, with small businesses located along Route 9 through town.
The town was first settled in 1660 as a farming community. It was incorporated in 1727, when it split from neighboring Marlborough. The waterways in Southborough allowed mills to thrive, and manufacturing of shoes, boots, plasters, and other items provided industry for the town. However, in 1898 the Fayville Dam along the Sudbury River was constructed, cutting off the water flow these mills depended on.
Southborough residents have a variety of transportation options to access other parts of Massachusetts. Two major interstates (Rte. 495 and the Massachusetts Turnpike) run through town, while state routes 9, 30, and 85 provide north-south and east-west access. Additionally, the MBTA Framingham/Worcester commuter rail line has a stop in Southborough, transporting residents into Boston or Worcester.
Southborough has a population of approximately 9,900 people, divided amongst nearly 3,000 households. It is the wealthiest town in Worcester County, with real estate prices being among the most expensive in Massachusetts and nationwide. 93% of residents in the workforce are employed in white-collar jobs, which is significantly above the national average.
Southborough has a mixed town and regional school system, with elementary and middle schools being located in town and high school students attending either the Algonquin Regional or Assabet Valley Regional High School. It also has the prestigious private preparatory and boarding school, St. Mark’s, and a junior boarding school, the Fay School.
They are among the oldest boarding schools in the nation, and attract students from throughout Massachusetts and the United States, as well as foreign countries.
Many Massachusetts towns have unique traditions, and Southborough is no exception. Starting in the 1960s, Heritage Day is a beloved town event, bringing the generations together to celebrate Southborough’s history, present, and future.
Occurring in October, Heritage Day incorporates a variety of traditions. It typically begins with a road race and pumpkin carving contest. The pumpkins are lit at dusk for judging and the enjoyment of the community. The following day there are book sales, street vendors, local merchant booths, music, and contests to enjoy.
For many, the highlight of Heritage Day is the parade through town. Marchers include local scouting groups, youth organizations, marching bands, and fire trucks, and police units. Long-time residents consider this a “rite of passage” with most children in town marching in the parade at some point.
Southborough is a proud and prosperous town in central Massachusetts. With a long history and long-standing traditions, residents enjoy the community feel of this residential suburb.