The Town of Webster is a medium size community located in
central Massachusetts on the Connecticut border. Founded by Samuel Slater in
1812, it was primarily an industrial center due to its abundant water supply.
Both textiles and shoe factories flourished making Webster's population a
combination of diverse ethnic backgrounds. By far, the town's richest asset is
its beautiful fresh-water, spring- fed Lake
Chargoggagaggmanchaugagoggchaunagungamaugg. Water activities abound such as
fishing, waterskiing, swimming, boating and sailing on this magnificent five
mile long lake. Also located on its shores is the well-known "Indian Ranch", the
New England home of Country Music which for many years has drawn visitors to
Webster from all over the northeast.
South central Massachusetts, bordered by Oxford on the north; Douglas on the east; Thompson, Connecticut, on the south; and separated by the French River from Dudley on the west. Webster is 18 miles south of Worcester; 56 miles southwest of Boston; 33 miles northwest of Providence, Rhode Island; and 160 miles from New York City.
Total Area: 14.53 sq. miles
Land Area: 12.49 sq. miles
Density: 1,297 per sq. mile
(National Climatic Data Center), (Buffumville Lake Station)
Normal temperature in January...21.7°F
Normal temperature in July...69.8°F
Normal annual precipitation...46.4"
Form of Government: Board of Selectmen, Town Administrator, Open Town Meeting
Year Incorporated as a town: 1832
Registered Voters (Secretary of State 1994)
Legislators: US Senator … Scott Brown, US Senator … John F. Kerry, US Congressman … 2nd District … Richard E. Neal, State Senator … Richard T. Moore, State Rep … Kevin Kuros
TRANSPORTATION AND ACCESS: Located in the Worcester area, which has three major cross-state highways: the Worcester Turnpike (Route 9), Route 20, and the Massachusetts Turnpike. I-495 borders to the east, I-190 links to the Fitchburg-Leominster area, I-84, and I-395 connect to Connecticut and points south. The region is well connected by rail and highway to the ports, airports, and intermodal facilities of Boston and Providence.
Major Highways: Principal highways are State Routes 12 and 16 and Interstate Route 395 running N-S.
Rail: There is no passenger rail service in Webster. Freight rail service is provided by the Providence and Worcester Railroad. Contact number: (508) 755-4000 ext. 310
Bus: Webster is a member of the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA), which provides fixed route service between Auburn, Oxford, Webster, and Worcester.
Other: Southbridge Municipal Airport, a General Aviation (GA) facility located in nearby Southbridge, has a 3,500'x 75' asphalt runway. Instrument approaches available: Non-precision.
CULTURE AND RECREATION
LIBRARIES: Chester C. Corbin Public Library, 2 Lake St. (508) 949-3880
P.O. Box 794
Webster, MA 01570
Largest recreational sites, and activities:
200 Sportsman Club (195 acres) - boating-non motor, fresh water fishing, fresh water swimming, hiking, hunting, motor boating, picnicking, snowmobiling, target archery
Webster Fish & Game Club (70 acres) - bicycling, boating-non motor, fresh water fishing, hiking, hunting, picnicking
Bartlett High School (60 acres) - baseball/softball, basketball, bicycling, football/soccer, general play, ice skating, other-team, tennis, walking/jogging
Water Dept Land (41 acres) - bicycling, boating-non motor, fresh water fishing, hiking, motor boating, walking/jogging
Webster KOA (37 acres) - bicycling, camping, hiking, picnicking, pool swimming
Treasure Isle Resorts (22 acres) - boating-non motor, fresh water fishing, fresh water swimming, motor boating
Indian Ranch Campground (20 acres) - bicycling, boating-non motor, camping, fresh water fishing, freshwater swimming, hiking, picnicking
Memorial Beach (14 acres) - basketball, bicycling, boating-non motor, fresh water fishing, fresh water swimming, general play, hiking, ice skating, motor boating, organized event, other-team, picnicking, snowmobiling, walking/jogging
Hospitals: Hubbard Regional Hospital
Long Term Care: Lanessa Extended Care Facility, Oakwood Convalescent Home, Webster Manor Long Term Care Facility, Christopher Heights of Webster
About Webster from: Mass. Department of Housing and Community Development
357 Main St., Webster, MA 01570 Phone: (508) 943-1212 Fax: (508) 949-3898 Crime Tips: (508) 949-3874
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