Medford boasts several claims to fame including being the city in which the classics “Jingle Bells” and “Over the River and Through the Woods” were written. Fannie Farmer, Amelia Earhart, and many professional athletes have all called Medford home.
Medford is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, just 3 miles outside of Boston. It is located along the Mystic River, which provided transportation and industry to the city throughout its history. It covers 8.6 square miles and has a population of over 56,000.
Part of the Middlesex Fells Reservation, or the Fells, lies within Medford. This 2,200 acre state park surrounds the reservoirs that provide a portion of the water required by the Greater Boston area. With over 100 miles of hiking trails and other recreational amenities, the Fells is a popular destination for residents of Medford and the surrounding towns.
Medford is served by Route 93, which runs through the city, while Massachusetts routes 16, 60, 28, and 38 provide local access. There is also ample public transportation via MBTA bus routes, as well as the Wellington stop on the Orange line of the subway, and the Lowell Commuter Rail stop in West Medford. Though there have been discussions of extending the Green line through Somerville and into Medford, this idea has yet to be realized.