Weston is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, about 15 miles west of downtown Boston. The population of Weston, as of June 2017, was 11,389.Weston was incorporated in 1713, and protection of the town’s historic resources is driven by the Weston Historical Commission and Weston Historical Society. The town has one Local Historic District, 10 National Register Districts, 26 Historic Areas, and seven houses individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Weston’s predominance as a residential community is reflected in its population density, which is among the lowest of Boston’s suburbs near or within Route 128.
More than 2,000 acres, or 18 percent of the town’s total acreage, have been preserved as parks, fields, wetlands, and forests, with 90 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. Thirty-seven scenic roads, as defined by Massachusetts law, maintain the town’s aesthetic value and historical significance, affording Weston a semi-rural ambiance.The description of Weston’s history here is pulled directly from the 2017 Weston Open Space and Recreation Plan. Weston was originally part of the Watertown settlement of 1630, but until the end of the century, the land was used mainly for grazing cattle. In 1698, “The Farms” was set off as a separate precinct with its own meetinghouse; and in 1712-13, the “Farmers’ Precinct” was incorporated as a separate town, Weston.
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