Roughly halfway between Lowell and Boston, Woburn is located near the head of the Mystic River Valley. Settled in 1640, it once encompassed Wilmington, Burlington, and Winchester.
Until the early 19th century, Woburn’s economy was primarily agricultural. The opening of the Middlesex Canal in 1803, the Boston & Lowell Railroad in 1835, and the Woburn Loop line in 1844 provided the boost the city needed to develop a robust leather and tanning industry that was active for almost one hundred years. In 1836 the nation’s early rubber industry was established in East Woburn.
Today Woburn is a mix of quiet residential neighborhoods, vibrant office and industrial parks, and wooded conservation areas, such as the Horn Pond Reservation, Forest Park, and Shaker Glen. Reflective of its long history, virtually all of the historic architectural styles typical of New England are found in Woburn.