Town Spotlight: Paxton MA

Town Spotlight: Paxton MA

Paxton MA is a rural town in Worcester county and is bordered by Rutland, Oakham, Holden, Spencer, Leicester and Worcester.

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Paxton was first settled in 1749 and was officially incorporated in 1765. The district of Paxton was originally taken from the towns of Leicester and Rutland, in nearly equal parts, and was incorporated February 12, 1765.

Charles Paxton, marshal of the Admiralty Court, offered a church bell to the town if it was named after him but he never actually gifted the item. David Davis went to Boston with a pair of oxen and drew to Paxton the bell now in use, which was made by Paul Revere.

The town itself remains small with only 5,000 or some residents in its 15.5 square miles. It’s most famous claim is probably as the home the Anna Maria College main campus, which boosts a total enrollment of 1,500 or so students.

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