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Webster #70: Central MA’s Best Communities

Monday, June 25, 2012

 

Webster

Webster ranks 70th overall in Central Mass, ahead of Ware and Royalston.  

Often called the longest name of a lake, Lake Chargoggaggoggmanchaugagoggchaubunagungamaugg. is a source of pride for local residents, who recite the lake's name with pride.  According to Indian lore, the lake's name means "You fish on your side of the lake, I'll fish on my side of the lake, and no one fishes in the middle."  Also known as Webster Lake, it is a popular spot for all types of summer recreation. Indian Ranch, located on the lake, hosts a variety of musical acts each summer.

Webster best score was for its restaurants, coming in at number 11, but the town ranked 64th or lower in all other categories, ranking 71st in arts and culture.
 

Webster Town Hall, located on Main Street. Photo courtesy of Sean of Douglas, MA

Webster by the numbers

Established: 1832
Population: 16,767
Median household income: $48,640
Median housing price: $180,900

2012 Best Communities rankings
Overall ranking: 70
Affordability ranking: 65
Education ranking: 65
Economic condition ranking: 64
Safety ranking: 67
Arts & Culture ranking: 71

History in a nutshell:

Webster was founded in 1812 by Samuel Slater, the "Father of the American Factory System," when he secretly brought British textile technology to Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Slater named the town after his friend, Daniel Webster. The textile and shoe factories developed rapidly in the area because of the plentiful water supply.
 

Famous residents:  

Bill Jo Robidoux, MLB player
John Edward "Nap" Shea, MLB catcher
Gerry Foley, NHL player
George Derby, MLB player
Frank Gilmore, MLB pitcher
Gene Filipski, NFL player

Famous residents source: Wikipedia 
Additional reporting by Grace Fenton

 

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