Chelmsford is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. It’s located 24 miles northwest of Boston and is surrounded by Lowell, Tyngsborough, Billerica, Carlisle, and Westford. It is a scenic community with easy access and proximity to the city of Boston, the Atlantic coastline, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Chelmsford is a great location for anyone needing to commute as it is located at the intersection of 495 and Route 3. Also found in Chelmsford are state routes 3A, 4, 27, 110, and 129. Another perk is the convenient access to the MBTA Lowell Commuter Rail Line through bus service to Lowell Station.
Chelmsford is divided by zip code into Chelmsford (01824) and North Chelmsford (01863). The northern parts of Chelmsford tend to be more urban and densely populated and the southern sections tend to be more rural.
Chelmsford boasts many shops and restaurants. In Drum Hill, you’ll find Walmart, Hannaford Supermarket, Panera Bread, Dunkin, Starbucks, Chipotle, and more. You’ll also find Best Fitness Drum Hill and Orangetheory Fitness if you’re looking for your next gym location. Down the road in Chelmsford Town Center, you’ll find a CVS, the Chelmsford Public Library, Choice Fitness, and many more local shops and restaurants.
Speaking of the Chelmsford Public Library, this is a fantastic feature of the town of Chelmsford! Here you can get museum passes for a fun day out with the family and enjoy several activities for both adults and children. Be sure to check out the library events calendar to see all that this wonderful location has to offer!
Chelmsford has plenty of town events throughout the year. You can enjoy the Famer’s Market on the Town Common on Saturday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, mid-June through mid-September. On Independence Day, you can enjoy a parade said to be the best in the region and a Country Fair hosted by the Chelmsford Lions Club! In the winter, kick off the holidays with The Annual Holiday Prelude and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Be sure to stay up to date with the town events page for more information and additional events.
If you’re looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors, you’ll love the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. This trail stretches through the communities of Lowell, Chelmsford, Westford, Carlisle, Acton, Concord, Sudbury, and Framingham and follows the 25-mile route of the old New Haven Railroad Framingham & Lowell line. The trail features 10-foot wide pavement with a 2-foot wide packed shoulder on each side. This trail can be used for cycling, jogging, walking, rollerblading, and skiing in the winter months! Other parks to visit include Roberts Field, which boasts a recently redone (2018) universal, inclusive, and accessible playground, a certified wildlife habitat (Pollinator Park), and walking trails totaling 1 mile around the pond and through its wetland and forested areas. In 2021, additional improvements were implemented including adding two youth-sized baseball fields with a dugout, a multi-use soccer/lacrosse field, a ⅓ mile crushed stone walking track, and a four-station exercise circuit. These improvements open on Memorial Day 2022. Another spot for you to enjoy is the Russell Mill Pond and Town Forest. The forest contains an extensive trail network, ideal for any mountain bike enthusiast.
Finally, as far as food options go, you’re going to have many options to choose from. Here are some of the top-rated restaurants in Chelmsford for you to try!
Chelmsford is home to 7 public schools, including 4 for grades K-4, 2 Middle Schools, and 1 High School. Students are assigned to schools based on geography for elementary and middle schools. More information on Chelmsford Public Schools can be found on niche.com.
Below are links to the web pages for each of the public schools in Chelmsford:
- Byam Elementary School
- Center Elementary
- South Row Elementary
- Harrington Elementary School
- Parker Middle School
- McCarthy Middle School
- Chelmsford High School
Final Fun Fact
We know that everyone loves a fun fact! Here's something you might not know about Chelmsford. Chelmsford was the birthplace of the Chelmsford Spring Co. in 1901, which later became the Chelmsford Ginger Ale Company, acquired by Canada Dry in 1928. The ginger ale plant, rebuilt in 1912 after a disastrous fire consumed the original plant, stood on Route 110 until its demolition in 1994. The Chelmsford brand of golden ginger ale continued to be manufactured by Canada Dry for decades. It is currently manufactured by Polar Beverages for DeMoulas/Market Basket supermarkets, based out of neighboring Tewksbury.