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Area venues among stateâs 1,000 great places

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Region – Several places in the region were named on the “1,000 Great Places” list released by the Massachusetts Offic e of Trave l and Tourism (MOTT) this month. The Great Places initiative aims to boost visitation to Massachusetts as well as give local residents the opportunity to visit known and unknown historic sites, cultural venues and natural landscapes, according to official s wit h MOTT.

“This list of 1,000 Great Places in Massachusetts celebrates what a truly special place Massachusetts is,” said Eric Turkington, a former state representative who chairs the Great Places in Massachusetts Commission. “It reminds us how fortunate we are to have such a wealth of heritage, cultural diversity and natural beauty right in our backyard.”

The commission received over 12,000 nominations for places to be considered for their list. All of the places are open and available to the public.

Below: The Westborough historic district is another area winner. Below: The Westborough historic district is another area winner. In Shrewsbury, the Artemas Ward Homestead, a historic property on Main Street, was one of the picks. Known officially as the Gen. Artemas Ward House Museum, it was the home of the first commander in-chief of the patriot forces during the American Revolution. The farm was owned by generations of Ward family members and is now owned and maintained by Harvard University. The dancing fountains at Dean Park were also named.

In addition, two locations in Westborough were identified. The West Main Street Historic District and its extension, the Vintonville Historic District, are recommended. The Lyman School, a historic site that was once the nation’s first reform school and was known as the Lyman School for Boys, also made the list.

In Northborough, LalaJava, an eclectic coff ee shop and café that has its roots in Shrewsbury, but moved to Main Street in Northborough in 2008, was named. Mount Pisgah and Tougas Family Farm, a popular place for fruit picking and a petting zoo, were included.

Rounding out the area’s highlights are: Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough; the Center and West Main Historic District in Marlborough; and Wood Park and the Wood Square Historic District in Hudson.

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