Parent town: Lancaster. || A good farming town in the county of Worcester, 31 miles W. by N. from Boston, and 15 N.N.E. from Worcester. Incorporated, 1738. Population, 1837, 1,185. It lies between Concord and Nashua rivers. Here are good limestone [sic], and small manufactures of boots, shoes, leather and combs. — John Hayward, The New England Gazetteer, 1839.