Reading is known as a great place to live in Massachusetts, located just 12 miles from the center of Boston. The town has a safe and small-town feel with welcoming neighborhoods. According to the town's website,
"Noted for its award-winning schools and outstanding Town services, Reading is a community of excellence. "
Reading has easy access to I-95 giving residents a great commute to Boston or just a short drive to New England's beaches, mountains, and historical sites. People can also travel to Boston and surrounding areas by train from Reading's train station.
The original settlers of Reading came from England in the 1630s. In 1639, residents of Lynn, MA petitioned for a "place for inland plantation" and were granted 10 miles of land. The original land was called Lynn Village located on the south shore of Lake Quannapowitt. It was later incorporated as the Town of Reading in 1644, named after the town of Reading in England.
During the American Revolution, Reading played an active role in the war. According to the town's official website,
"Minute Men were prominently involved in the engagements pursuing the retreating British Red Coats after the skirmish at Concord Bridge. Dr. John Brooks, Captain of the "Fourth Company of Minute" remained in the army for eight years of distinguished service, including White Plains and Valley Forge. He later became the ninth governor of Massachusetts. Only one Reading soldier was killed in action during the Revolution."
During the Civil War, Reading had a total of 411 from the town fight in the war. 15 of those died in action and another 33 died from wounds and sickness. Following the Civil War, Reading became a predominately residential community and industrial expansion began.
Reading offers residents many different recreational and cultural opportunities in both the community and as a part of the greater Boston area. The downtown area has a variety of shops, restaurants, and coffee shops. Jordan's Furniture is the perfect place to bring children to enjoy the ropes course, Richardson's ice cream, and the IMAX theater. There are also several parks and outside facilities for a wide variety of outdoor activities, inlcuding several golf courses.
Other noteable attractions include Parker Tavern, Burbank Arena skating rink, Hartshorne House, Hago Harringtons Miniature Golf, and Flint Memorial Hall.
The most common type of housing in Reading is single-family detached homes. Reading also offers other types of housing including large apartment complexes, high rise apartments, duplexes, and other attached houses. Reading is an attractive town with friendly and inviting neighborhoods.
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