GARDNER, MASSACHUSETTS

Named for Colonel Thomas Gardner, an American political figure and soldier, the city of Gardner was established in 1785 and incorporated as a City in 1923 and has a proud history of furniture making dating from the early 1800s when it became a center for the production of lumber and furniture industries. Today it continues to be known as the “Chair City” and “Furniture Capital of New England.” While manufacturing remains a contributor of the local economy, it is now diversified rather than solely concentrated on chair and furniture manufacturing.

Situated on Crystal Lake, Gardner is home to Dunn State Park, Gardner Heritage State Park, Lake Wampanoag Wildlife Sanctuary and Mount Wachusett Community College. Its recreational opportunities include a municipal golf course and the southern terminus of the North Central Pathway which will soon offer bikers and walkers a link to downtown Winchendon.

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COMMUNITY FACTS

County: Worcester
Settled: 1764
Incorporated: 1785
Population: 20,228
Area: 23 square miles

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Freedom's Way National Heritage Area
94 Jackson Road, Suite 311
Devens, MA 01434
(978) 772-3654

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