A well-preserved rural community, Harvard was incorporated in 1732. It is known for a series of unusual sociological and religious experiments including one carried out by Mother Ann Lee, who in 1781 founded a Shaker Village, and another conducted by Bronson Alcott, whose transcendental experiment took place in 1843 at Fruitlands on Prospect Hill.
Harvard’s churches, town hall and library surround a historic common, and its residential areas are characterized by Colonial and Victorian homes. Harvard’s winding roads are lined with trees, stone walls, historic farm houses, and apple and peach orchards.
The four centuries-old village of Still River retains its stunning western vistas. Over 2,000 acres of conservation land throughout the town are largely interconnected by walking trails. Sailing and canoeing lessons are offered at Bare Hill Pond, a 330-acre lake and cross country skiing and skating take place in winter.