Middlesex County

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For administrative purposes the county held two regions, Middlesex-North with its county seat in Lowell, and Middlesex-South with its county seat in Cambridge.

The county was created by the Massachusetts General Court on May 10, 1643, when it was ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four shires". Middlesex initially contained Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, Wayland, and Reading. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Boston annexed several adjacent cities and towns including Charlestown and Brighton from Middlesex County, resulting in an enlargement of Suffolk County.

 

Cities and Towns

 

Acton

Arlington

Ashby

Ashland

Ayer

Bedford

Belmont

Billerica

Boxborough

Burlington

Cambridge, a city and county seat

Carlisle

Chelmsford

Concord

Dracut

Dunstable

Everett, a city

Framingham

Groton

Holliston

Hopkinton

Hudson

Lexington

Lincoln

Littleton

Lowell, a city and county seat

Malden, a city

Marlborough, a city

Maynard

Medford, a city

Melrose, a city

Natick

Newton, a city

North Reading

Pepperell

Reading

Sherborn

Shirley

Somerville, a city

Stoneham

Stow

Sudbury

Tewksbury

Townsend

Tyngsborough

Wakefield

Waltham, a city

Watertown, a town but legally a city

Wayland

Westford

Weston

Wilmington

Winchester

Woburn, a city

 

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Adjacent Counties

Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (North)

Essex County (Northeast)

Suffolk County (Southeast)

Norfolk County (South)

Worcester County (West)

 

 

 

 

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