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The Nipmuc Indians called this area Boggastowe. It provided them with grassy
meadows protected by the Charles River from the indians to the East. When
the settlers arrived in the early 1600s, they called the area Boggastowe
Farms. The Town was incorporated in 1885 and named for Lansing Millis,
a local Railroad Magnate and Gentleman Farmer.
During the late 1800s and early 1900s the area was noted as a vacation
retreat for wealthy merchants from the city. Numerous hotels dotted the
landscape and a trolley ran along Route 109 from Boston. Historical remnants
are prevalent in the area, from the King Phillip Trees to the Oak Grove
Farm. A tour, designed for the Centennial in 1985 is marked by signs along
the roadway.A CyberTour is being constructed for your enjoyment.
Although rooted in farming, Millis plays host to country clubs, ghosts,
radio stations, manufacturers, inventors, and gourmet restaurants. Millis
is noted nationally and internationally for bells, pipe organs, clocks,
bricks, and roofing and has hosted the first braodcast from radio station
WBZ, the bottling of Clicquot Club ginger ale, and the manufacture of army
boots during World War II. Farming ranges from dairy to cranberry growing.
As you can see from our Farm Day Tour we even raise Ostriches and Llamas.
The rural area is surrounded by the flood plane of the Charles River
and The Great Black Swamp. The beauty of this terrain is most apparent
in the Fall when the foliage rivals anything our neighbors to the north
can display. The Boggastowe Brook is the longest tributary of the Charles,
starting in Hopkinton to our north and winding through the Glen Ellen Country
Club on its way to Boggastowe Pond, South End Pond, and the Charles River.
The river is a wonderful recreation area and educational resource.
We even have a soil
type named for us!