Wilmington is a suburban community with a mix of residential, commercial districts, and industrial parks. The town is a part of Middlesex County and is located approximately 15 miles north of Boston. It is bordered by Andover in the north, North Reading and Reading in the east, Woburn in the south, and Burlington, Billerica, and Tewksbury in the west. According to the Wilmington Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce,
"The town’s reputation as a strong and supportive community, with its close proximity to highways, the commuter rail, and activities for all ages, continues to make Wilmington an attractive place to live and work."
With four exits off of I-93, Wilmington is a desirable community for those who commute to Boston or are traveling to northern New England.
Wilmington's earliest settlers arrived around 1655 and started establishing farms in what was originally Charlestown. On September 25, 1730, Wilmington was officially incorporated as a new town. The new territory was created from parts of Woburn, Reading, and Billerica. By 1733, the town was well established and remained a small, rural town for many decades.
Local citizens of Wilmington played a part in the founding of our nation by participating in the American Revolution in the 1770s. After the war, the town continued to be a mostly farming community, and in the early nineteenth century, residents were experiencing commercial success by cultivating hops and cranberries.
Throughout the nineteenth century, Wilmington became less isolated and strictly rural as improvements to transportation made the community more accessible. The twentieth century brought a dramatic surge and the town's population doubled during the Industrial Revolution. Once I-93 cut through the town, people were no longer coming to Wilmington to farm but instead buying suburban homes and getting jobs.
Wilmington offers a variety of activities for community members. Silver Lake is a great place to take the family with its small beach area, clean water, and playground. Residents of Wilmington also love to fish in the lake!
The recreation department offers some great family-friendly events year-round including kids cooking classes and tennis lessons, but they offer much more than that! The Shriner's Auditorium also offers an annual circus during April School Vacation and other events during the year. Also, don't miss out on K1 Speed Boston! The game and entertainment center has indoor go-kart racing, arcade games, GyberSport, old-school games, and a lounge and cafe.
Each Sunday during the summer months, the community holds a Farmer's Market at the Town Common.
Perhaps one of the biggest events of the year for the Wilmington community is the 4th of July. The town transforms the Town Common area into a carnival with rides, games, food, drinks, and live music for a week during the holiday, celebrating "Fun on the Fourth". The annual event is one of the largest fundraising events in Wilmington and it is a cannot miss!
Wilmington is a vibrant bedroom community with services second to none in the area. In 2010, Wilmington was declared as one of the most affordable suburbs in Massachusetts by BusinessWeek magazine. The town is mostly residential homes with a few condominium associations and apartment complexes. Overall, Wilmington is a great place to live!
College Success Award