Welcome to the
Town of Stow
Stow, Massachusetts 01775
Nothing is lovelier than an old New England apple orchard in full bloom. Nowhere is that fact more evident than in Stow, Massachusetts. But Stow has more than apple orchards going for it. Stow has a four-seasons kind of beauty that makes it ideal as "a place for growing up in and a place for coming back to".
The town of Stow, a small rural community of about 6,500 people, has an abundance of softly rolling hills and rustic country lanes. It is located in Middlesex County, about 25 miles west of Boston and about 28 miles east of Worcester.
Previous to its incorporation in 1683, Stow was called Pompositticut Plantation, a name that is still very much in evidence. The townspeople, in general, are concerned about preserving Stow's historical past. At the same time they encourage residential growth that is protective of both the people who live here now and the people who will live here in the future.
Stow is a member of the Nashoba Regional School District with the towns of Bolton and Lancaster. The local schools are Pompositticut, Center and Hale Middle School. Nashoba Regional High School is located in Bolton. Stow is also a member of the Minuteman Regional Vocational School District, which facility is in Lexington.
Stow offers four seasons of organized sports for children and recreation facilities for residents of all ages. The fields are located at Pine Bluffs, Memorial Field at Bradley Lane, Pompositicutt Elementry School, Hale School and The Stow Community Park.
The Town Beach, referred to as "Pine Bluff", is located at Lake Boon. The Pine Bluff area also offers hiking, ice-skating and cross-country skiing opportunities, as well as a soccer field.
There are four tennis courts, two are located at the rear of Center School and two are located at The Stow Community Park.
At the Stow Community Park there are two basketball courts.
To the rear of Pompositticut School there is a 1½ mile life course.
For golf enthusiasts there is Stow Acres Country Club, a 36-hole golf course; Butternut Farm, a 18-hole golf course; Wedgewood Pines Country Club, a 18-hole golf course; and Stowaway, a 9-hole golf course .
For flying enthusiasts, there is a private airport with dining facilities, Minute Man Air Field.
Within an hour's drive of Stow there are all types of recreational facilities, such as camping, boating, fishing, hunting, skiing, picnicking, etc., for which New England is justly famous.
Emerson Hospital in Concord and Marlborough Hospital in Marlborough serve the town of Stow. The Emergency Medical Service is operated by the Stow Fire Department and provides an ambulance and emergency treatment for accidents and illnesses.
St. Isidore (Catholic), Union (non-denominational) and First Parish (Unitarian) are located in the center of town.
SHOPPING AND SERVICES:
Stow's proximity to Boston and Worcester makes "big city shopping" convenient. But there are also shopping areas close to home such as in Maynard, Concord, Hudson and Marlborough. The Lower Village, easterly of the center, offers a super market, fitness Centers, hardware store, video store, restaurants, hairdressers, two banking institutions, the post office and a variety of other businesses and services.
Electric power is provided by Hudson Light & Power Department. NSTAR (gas) services portions of the town. Cable TV is provided by Comcast with offices in Hudson and Verizon FIOS. Check with the providers to find out if it is available in your neighborhood. As there is no town water, every home and business obtains water from wells on their properties. Exceptions are two large housing developments which have private central water systems. There is also no town sewerage system, so all lots rely on individual septic disposal systems.
Over 92% of the housing in Stow is single family. Land areas of newer homes range from between 1.5 acres to 2 acres or more. Older homes, many of them antique in nature, may have `considerable acreage.