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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.
 

GEOGRAPHY

Location

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

Population: 16,196

Density: 1,297 per sq. mile

Climate

(National Climatic Data Center), (Buffumville Lake Station)

Normal temperature in January...21.7F

Normal temperature in July...69.8F

Normal annual precipitation...46.4"

Government

Form of Government: Board of Selectmen, Town Administrator, Open Town Meeting

Year Incorporated as a town: 1832

Registered Voters (Secretary of State 1994)

 

Number

%

Total Registered

8,113

 

Democrats

3,356

41.4%

Republicans

646

8.0%

Other parties

3

0.0%

Un-enrolled Voters

4,108

50.6%

 

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

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

 

RECREATION:

Recreation Department:

Parks Department

P.O. Box 794

Webster, MA 01570

Recreational Facilities

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

MISCELLANEOUS

HEALTH FACILITIES

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

Webster Police Department
357 Main St., Webster, MA 01570       Phone: (508) 943-1212       Fax: (508) 949-3898      Crime Tips: (508) 949-3874
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