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Encyclopedia > Lancaster, Massachusetts
Meeting House, designed by noted architect Charles Bulfinch, built 1815-1817.

Lancaster is a town located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 7,380. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (684x973, 154 KB) Meeting House, Lancaster, Massachusetts. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (684x973, 154 KB) Meeting House, Lancaster, Massachusetts. ... The Massachusetts State House, designed by Charles Bulfinch and completed in 1798. ... Worcester County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ...


For geographic and demographic information on the village of South Lancaster, please see the article South Lancaster, Massachusetts. South Lancaster is a census-designated place and village located in the town of Lancaster in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ...


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History

Lancaster was first settled in 1643 and was officially incorporated in 1653. Until it was cut down due to safety concerns, Lancaster boasted the largest oak tree in the state, called the Beaman Oak, named after settler Gamaliel Beaman. // Events January 21 - Abel Tasman discovers Tonga February 6 - Abel Tasman discovers the Fiji islands. ... Events February 2 - New Amsterdam (later renamed New York City) is incorporated. ... The Beaman Oak was the largest white oak tree in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, standing in the front yard of a colonial era three-story house in the town of Lancaster. ...


Lancaster bosts being the official "mothertown" to all of centeral Massachusetts. Towns such as Harvard, Stow, Bolton, Hudson, Marlborough, Clinton, Berlin and Boylston were all once considered Lancaster.


Lancaster's founder, John Prescott, wished for the name of his new settlement to be Prescottville, but do to English Law at the time, towns could not be named after the person who found them. Instead, Prescott used the name of his town in England as the name of his new town, Lancaster.


Incorporated in 1653, Lancaster is the oldest town in Worcester County.


Lancaster is home to the Mary Rowlandsan attackin 1675 and 1676. During King Philips war, which was faught partially in Lancaster, a tribe of Indians pillaged the entire town of Lancaster. Their last stop on their trail of destruction was Mary Rowlandson's house. Coming to the defense of the house was Rowlandson's brother in-law who was immediately shot and killed by the attacking Indians. The Indians then set fire to the house, forcing Rowlandson to exit the burning building. Upon crossing the doorstep outside, Rowlandson saw a scene full of carnage. Her family all lay dead, killed mercelessly by the indians, scattered across the lawn. The Indians then non-fatally shot her in her side. Her entire family was slaughtered, with the exception of her and her sons. They were kidnapped by the indians who then took them with them on their travels across New England.


During her captivity, Rowlandson wrote a book called "A Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson." The book is widely considered one of the greatest examples of a captivity narrative.


In 2000, Lancaster Elementry school changed its name to Mary Rowlandson Elementary School.


Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 73.0 km² (28.2 mi²). 71.7 km² (27.7 mi²) of it is land and 1.3 km² (0.5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.84% water. Image File history File links Lancaster_ma_highlight. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an Imperial unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (5,280 feet, 1,760 yards, 1,609. ...


Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 7,380 people, 2,049 households, and 1,551 families residing in the town. The population density was 102.9/km² (266.7/mi²). There were 2,141 housing units at an average density of 29.9/km² (77.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 84.51% White, 10.61% African American, 0.19% Native American, 1.15% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 1.54% from other races, and 1.99% from two or more races. 7.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Wikipedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 2,049 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.1% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.3% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.22. The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 125.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 129.3 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $60,752, and the median income for a family was $66,490. Males had a median income of $42,367 versus $35,417 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,010. 4.1% of the population and 4.4% of families were below the poverty line. 1.5% of those under the age of 18 and 14.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population living in poverty The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


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Nickname: City of Homes Motto: Official website: www. ... Seal of the city Somerville is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, just north of Boston. ... Seal of Southbridge, MA The Town of Southbridge is a city located in Worcester County, Massachusetts. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Waltham is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ... Seal of Watertown, MA Browne House. ... The Town of West Springfield is a city located in Hampden County, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: The Whip City Founded Incorporated May 19, 1669   County Hampden County Mayor Richard K. Sullivan Jr. ... Weymouth is a city located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Benjamin Thompson House, Woburn, Massachusetts. ... Nickname: The Heart of the Commonwealth, The City of the Seven Hills, Wormtown, Woo-town, Wortown (war-town), The City of Diners Motto: Official website: www. ...

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Lancaster, Massachusetts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (744 words)
Lancaster is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, in the United States.
Lancaster was first settled in 1643 and was officially incorporated in 1653.
Incorporated in 1653, Lancaster is the oldest town in Worcester County, Massachusetts.
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Lancaster is considered the "mothertown" of central Massachusetts.
Lancaster's founder, John Prescott, wanted to call the new settlement Prescottville, but due to an English Law stating towns could not be named after the founder,instead used the name of his home-town in England.
Incorporated in 1653, Lancaster is the oldest town in Worcester County.
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