Millis, Massachusetts
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The Nipmuc Indians called this area Boggastowe. It provided them with grassy meadows protected by the Charles River from the indians to the East. When the settlers arrived in the early 1600s, they called the area Boggastowe Farms. The Town was incorporated in 1885 and named for Lansing Millis, a local Railroad Magnate and Gentleman Farmer. 

During the late 1800s and early 1900s the area was noted as a vacation retreat for wealthy merchants from the city. Numerous hotels dotted the landscape and a trolley ran along Route 109 from Boston. Historical remnants are prevalent in the area, from the King Phillip Trees to the Oak Grove Farm. A tour, designed for the Centennial in 1985 is marked by signs along the roadway.A CyberTour is being constructed for your enjoyment. 

Although rooted in farming, Millis plays host to country clubs, ghosts, radio stations, manufacturers, inventors, and gourmet restaurants. Millis is noted nationally and internationally for bells, pipe organs, clocks, bricks, and roofing and has hosted the first braodcast from radio station WBZ, the bottling of Clicquot Club ginger ale, and the manufacture of army boots during World War II. Farming ranges from dairy to cranberry growing. As you can see from our Farm Day Tour we even raise Ostriches and Llamas. 

The rural area is surrounded by the flood plane of the Charles River and The Great Black Swamp. The beauty of this terrain is most apparent in the Fall when the foliage rivals anything our neighbors to the north can display. The Boggastowe Brook is the longest tributary of the Charles, starting in Hopkinton to our north and winding through the Glen Ellen Country Club on its way to Boggastowe Pond, South End Pond, and the Charles River. The river is a wonderful recreation area and educational resource.

We even have a soil type named for us!