Carlisle, Massachusetts

Carlisle is a town located northwest of Boston in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the town had a population of 4,852.[1]

Carlisle, Massachusetts
Official seal of Carlisle, Massachusetts

Location in Middlesex County in Massachusetts
Location in Middlesex County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°31′45″N 71°21′00″W / 42.52917°N 71.35000°WCoordinates: 42°31′45″N 71°21′00″W / 42.52917°N 71.35000°W
CountryUnited States
 • Total15.6 sq mi (40.2 km2)
 • Land15.4 sq mi (39.8 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
205 ft (62 m)
 • Total4,852
 • Density317.0/sq mi (122.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)351 / 978
FIPS code25-11525
GNIS feature ID0619397


English colonialists first settled the area composing the town of Carlisle in 1651 on parcels of land of the neighboring towns of Acton, Billerica, Chelmsford and Concord. Carlisle became a district of Concord in 1780 and was incorporated as a town by an act of the legislature in 1805.


Carlisle contains a library, a country store, a book store, a dentist's office, an automated teller machine and many residential buildings. There are two ice-cream stores: one of the four branches of Kimball Farms, and Great Brook Farm State Park which is home to the first robotic milking system in Massachusetts[2] and serves ice-cream made from the farm's milk. Great Brook Farm is also the site of one of the premiere cross-country ski touring centers in New England.[3] On the east end of town there is an auto body shop and the former (closed in 2012) Blue Jay Recording Studio, where artists such as the Platters, Aerosmith, Aimee Mann, Amy Grant, Alice Cooper, Boston, John Williams and the Boston Pops, Buckwheat Zydeco, Billy Joel, Lauryn Hill, Rihanna, Roy Orbison, k. d. lang, Pat Metheny, Yo Yo Ma, Carly Simon, the Pussycat Dolls, Genesis and Lady Gaga have recorded.[4]

The town newspaper, the Carlisle Mosquito, has appeared as the weekly independent newspaper of the town since 1972. It is a non-profit publication distributed free to all town residents. The paper includes local news, announcements, and logs.[5]

The Gleason Public Library[6] is one of the 36 libraries in the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium. Gleason Public Library also contains a seismograph.

Cultural organizations include the Carlisle Chamber Orchestra,[7] the Carlisle Community Chorus,[8] and the Savoyard Light Opera Company.[9]

Carlisle Old Home Day[10] has been held for over 100 years on the weekend prior to the Fourth of July as a free public event with family-friendly games and activities.


Carlisle is located about 8 miles (13 km) south-southwest of Lowell and 19 miles (31 km) northwest of Boston. It borders the towns of Concord, Acton, Westford, Chelmsford, Billerica, and Bedford.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.5 square miles (40 km2), of which 15.4 square miles (40 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (1.09%) is water.

Conservation land makes up about a quarter of the town's area. Besides town-owned land overseen by the town's conservation committee, Carlisle is home to Great Brook Farm State Park and a portion of the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge neighboring the Concord River.

Historical population
* = population estimate.
Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.[11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20]
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An 1875 map of Carlisle

As of the census[21] of 2000, there were 4,717 people, 1,618 households, and 1,372 families residing in the town. The population density was 307.1 people per square mile (118.6/km²). There were 1,655 housing units at an average density of 107.7 per square mile (41.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.47% White, 0.17% African American, 0.06% Native American, 4.83% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

There were 1,618 households out of which 46.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.6% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.2% were non-families. 11.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the town, the population was spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18, 3.4% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 34.3% from 45 to 64, and 8.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town $176,228 (Average household income is $244,544). The per capita income for the town was $87,470. The town is ranked as having the third highest income per capita in Massachusetts, behind Weston and Dover.

Carlisle maintains a 2-acre (8,100 m2) zoning law on new development.[22]

Carlisle MA forest path

The path between the school and library

Carlisle MA Gleason Library

Gleason Public Library

Carlisle MA Old Burying Ground

The Old Burying Ground in the center of town

Graves in the Central Burying Ground, Carlisle, Massachusetts

Graves in the Green Cemetery

Notable residents

Norm Abram, television personality[23]

E. M. Swift, sports writer[24]

Mike Toth (1952-2014), founder and CEO of Toth + Co.[25] (Toth Brand Imaging).

Clairo,[26] musician and recording artist


  1. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Carlisle town, Middlesex County, Massachusetts". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
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  12. ^ "Massachusetts by Place and County Subdivision - GCT-T1. Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  13. ^ "1990 Census of Population, General Population Characteristics: Massachusetts" (PDF). US Census Bureau. December 1990. Table 76: General Characteristics of Persons, Households, and Families: 1990. 1990 CP-1-23. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  14. ^ "1980 Census of the Population, Number of Inhabitants: Massachusetts" (PDF). US Census Bureau. December 1981. Table 4. Populations of County Subdivisions: 1960 to 1980. PC80-1-A23. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  15. ^ "1950 Census of Population" (PDF). Bureau of the Census. 1952. Section 6, Pages 21-10 and 21-11, Massachusetts Table 6. Population of Counties by Minor Civil Divisions: 1930 to 1950. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  16. ^ "1920 Census of Population" (PDF). Bureau of the Census. Number of Inhabitants, by Counties and Minor Civil Divisions. Pages 21-5 through 21-7. Massachusetts Table 2. Population of Counties by Minor Civil Divisions: 1920, 1910, and 1920. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  17. ^ "1890 Census of the Population" (PDF). Department of the Interior, Census Office. Pages 179 through 182. Massachusetts Table 5. Population of States and Territories by Minor Civil Divisions: 1880 and 1890. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  18. ^ "1870 Census of the Population" (PDF). Department of the Interior, Census Office. 1872. Pages 217 through 220. Table IX. Population of Minor Civil Divisions, &c. Massachusetts. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  19. ^ "1860 Census" (PDF). Department of the Interior, Census Office. 1864. Pages 220 through 226. State of Massachusetts Table No. 3. Populations of Cities, Towns, &c. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  20. ^ "1850 Census" (PDF). Department of the Interior, Census Office. 1854. Pages 338 through 393. Populations of Cities, Towns, &c. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  21. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  22. ^ The Way to Carlisle Village: Residents Enjoy Their Privacy but Seek a Place to be Neighborly. . Accessed September 24, 2008.
  23. ^ "Norm Abram on His Newish Old House". Retrieved 2015-09-04.
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  26. ^ Clairo

External links

Albert Davis Taylor

Albert Davis (“A.D.”) Taylor (1883–1951) was an American landscape architect and author, notable for his many gardens and his promotion of garden shows. He designed parks and other public works, subdivisions and private estates, primarily in Ohio.

Taylor was born in Carlisle, Massachusetts to Nathaniel A. and Ellen F. (Davis) Taylor. He received an A.B. from Boston College in 1905 and an M.L.A. from the College of Agriculture at Cornell University in 1906, where he taught until 1908. He then joined the office of Warren H. Manning, where he was influenced by Manning’s informal and naturalistic approach to landscape design as he worked on such projects as Stan Hywet Hall in Akron.

In 1914 Taylor established his own practice in Cleveland, eventually opening a second office in Florida. His firm provided landscape design for the Van Sweringens’ Daisy Hill Estate in Cleveland, J.J. Emery’s Peterloon Estate in Cincinnati, the H.H. Timken Estate in Canton, and Julius Fleischmann’s Winding Creek Farm. The office also designed the Avondale subdivision in Akron and the Rookwood subdivision in Cincinnati. During the Depression, Taylor participated in a number of CWA projects. The following is a partial list of public works on which his firm worked:

Alms Park, Cincinnati, Ohio

Ault Park, Cincinnati, Ohio

Baldwin Filtration Plant Reservoir, Cleveland, Ohio

Boys Town, Nebraska

Cumberland Park, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Mt. Echo Park, Cincinnati, Ohio

Forest Hill Park, Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland, Ohio

Marine Hospitals, Cleveland, Ohio, Baltimore, Maryland and New Orleans, Louisiana

The Pentagon, VirginiaTaylor helped found the landscape architecture program at Ohio State University and served as a non-resident professor in the program from 1916 to 1926. Notable among Taylor's many publications was his 1921 book, The Complete Garden. During the New Deal, Taylor was a consultant for the U.S. Forest Service, conducting a needs and requirements survey of the national forests in 1936. Increasing public use of national forests made it necessary to reevaluate the standard of landscape design throughout the system in an effort to preserve the natural aspects of the forest, while accommodating their use. Taylor's papers (1918–1942) are archived at the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.

Buster Goes Berserk

Buster Goes Berserk is the second album from Buster Poindexter, an alter ego of singer David Johansen.

It features his backing band "The Banshees of Blue," aided by "The Uptown Horns". Released in 1989, the album continued the "lounge rock" style of its predecessor, Buster Poindexter in covering rhythm 'n' blues songs of the 1940s and 1950s. As on that album, a lot of Berserk's fun came from the interchanges between Poindexter and vocalist Soozie Tyrell, helped out by Ivy Ray and Randi Michaels.

The album was produced by Hank Medress for SBK Productions with Charlie Giordano the assistant producer and Bill Scheniman, the recording and mixing engineer. Recording was done at Skyline Recording Studio in New York City, Galaxy Recording Studio in Los Angeles, and in New York City at Platinum Island Recording, Sanctuary Recording, 39th Street Music and Bass Hit. Mixing was done at Blue Jay Recording Studio in Carlisle, Massachusetts, with mastering at Sterling Sound in New York City.

Synclavier and string arrangement on "Deep in a Dream" were by John Sheard. Mbongeni Mgema added arrangements and lyrics for "All Night Party" which also benefited from John Morales' programming. Management and direction was provided by Steve Paul in New York City with "special thanks" going to Eddie Gorodetsky, Joe Delia, Steve-O, Phast Phreddie and many others.

Carlisle Public Schools

Carlisle Public Schools is a school district in Carlisle, Massachusetts, USA. The superintendent is Jim O'Shea. As of 2018. The district employed 79 faculty members and served 790 students in grades pre-K–8.The district manages an elementary school and middle school collectively known as Carlisle Public Schhol. The principal of the elementary school is Dennet Sidell and the principal of the middle school is Matt Mehler. The school was established in 1848 as a one-room school house.


Claire Cottrill (born August 18, 1998), known professionally as Clairo, is an American

singer-songwriter and record producer from Carlisle, Massachusetts. Her fame escalated after releasing "Pretty Girl" (2017), a lo-fi-produced song that attracted millions of views on YouTube. She credited her sudden popularity to the website's algorithm system.

Claire is the daughter of Geoff Cottrill, a marketing executive who has held major positions at companies such as Coca-Cola. According to her, "Pretty Girl" was inspired by 1980s pop music, and that although she was tagged with the "bedroom pop" label, it was not her intention to make that style of music. After the popularity of "Pretty Girl", Clairo signed a record contract with the help of her family's connections with The Fader magazine and her presentation of herself as a "do-it-yourself" artist was questioned amid some online controversy.In 2018, she released her debut EP Diary 001 on Fader Label. On May 24, 2019, Clairo released a new single, "Bags", and announced her debut album Immunity which is scheduled to release on August 2, 2019.

Concord-Carlisle High School

Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) is a public high school located in Concord, Massachusetts, USA, 17 miles (27 km) northwest of Boston. The school serves grades 9–12, and as part of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District, has students from both Concord and Carlisle, Massachusetts. The school also has a notable portion of minority students from Boston (particularly Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan) enrolled as part of the METCO program. Concord-Carlisle Regional High School is widely regarded as one of the top public high schools in the state, with the September 2009 issue of Boston magazine rating it the number one public high school in cost efficiency and third in academic performance in eastern Massachusetts.

George Robbins House

The George Robbins House is a historic First Period house at 523 Curve Street in Carlisle, Massachusetts. Although construction of the oldest portions of this house generally ascribed to George Robbins in c. 1660-70, stylistic analysis of its construction methods places its date of construction to c. 1700. It is a timber frame house, five bays wide; its leanto is a late 18th-century addition, and the ell on the house's left dates to the 19th century, when some Greek Revival styling was added.The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

Great Brook Farm State Park

Great Brook Farm State Park is a public, day-use recreation area featuring an active dairy farm in the town of Carlisle, Massachusetts. The state park, which was established in 1967, is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Jeanne Munn Bracken

Jeanne Munn Bracken is an American author and a retired librarian. She is known for her non-fiction work, including Children With Cancer: A Comprehensive Reference Guide for Parents.

John Berman

John Berman (born March 21, 1972) is an American news anchor, currently the co-anchor of CNN's New Day with Alisyn Camerota on CNN, and a regular relief presenter of Anderson Cooper 360°. Having been a weekday relief co-anchor of CNN's New Day early morning news program for several years, he replaced Chris Cuomo as its regular co-anchor, following Cuomo's departure on May 24, 2018, to present Cuomo Prime Time.

Malcolm Preserve

The Malcolm Preserve is an 11-acre (45,000 m2) nature reserve in Carlisle, Massachusetts. It is co-managed by the Trustees of Reservations and the Carlisle Conservation Foundation. Composed of former farmland, there is a half-mile trail and is in close proximity to the Estabrook Woods and the Punkatasset Conservation Land in Concord.It was purchased for preservation in 1998 by the Carlisle Conservation Foundation and The Trustees of Reservations.

Massachusetts Route 27

Route 27 is a south–north highway in eastern Massachusetts that runs for 73.4 miles.

Norm Abram

Norman L. "Norm" Abram (born October 3, 1949) is an American carpenter known for his work on the PBS television programs This Old House and The New Yankee Workshop. He is referred to on these shows as a "master carpenter".

Peter Greer

Peter Keith Greer (born 1975) is a Christian advocate for those living in poverty, an author, and the president and CEO of HOPE International, a global faith-based microfinance organization based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, serving entrepreneurs throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Greer and his wife, Laurel, have three children and live in Landisville, Pennsylvania.

Robbins House

Robbins House may refer to:

Unni Robbins II House, Newington, Connecticut, listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in Hartford County

David Robbins Homestead, Milton, Delaware, listed on the NRHP in Sussex County

Judge George Robbins House, Titusville, Florida, listed on the NRHP in Brevard County

Samuel W. Robbins House, Cave Spring, Georgia, listed on the NRHP in Floyd County

Joseph Robbins House, Barnstable, Massachusetts, listed on the NRHP in Barnstable County

George Robbins House, Carlisle, Massachusetts, listed on the NRHP in Middlesex County

Hildreth-Robbins House, Chelmsford, Massachusetts, listed on the NRHP in Middlesex County

Wendell P. and Harriet Rounds Robbins House, Benton Harbor, Michigan, listed on the NRHP in Berrien County

Robbins House (Jayess, Mississippi), listed on the NRHP in Lawrence County

Simeon B. Robbins House, Franklinville, New York, listed on the NRHP in Cattaraugus County

Robbins-Melcher-Schatz Farmstead, Tualatin, Oregon, listed on the NRHP in Clackamas County

Alice H. Robbins House, Austin, Texas, listed on the NRHP in Travis County

Sean Bielat

Sean D. Bielat (born May 14, 1975) is an American businessman and Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. In 2010, he was the Republican candidate for United States Congress in Massachusetts's 4th congressional district, losing to the incumbent, Democrat Barney Frank.

Bielat ran against Joseph Kennedy III for the same seat in 2012, but lost.

Sleepycat Software

Sleepycat Software, Inc. was the software company primarily responsible for maintaining the Berkeley DB packages from 1996 to 2006.

Berkeley DB is freely-licensed database software originally developed at the University of California, Berkeley for 4.4BSD Unix. Developers from that project founded Sleepycat in 1996 to provide commercial support after a request by Netscape to provide new features in the software. In February 2006, Sleepycat was acquired by Oracle Corporation, which has continued developing Berkeley DB.The founders of the company were spouses Margo Seltzer and Keith Bostic, who are also original authors of Berkeley DB. Another original author, Michael Olson, was the President and CEO of Sleepycat. They were all at University of California, Berkeley, where they developed the software that grew to become Berkeley DB. Sleepycat was originally based in Carlisle, Massachusetts and moved to Lincoln, Massachusetts.Sleepycat distributed Berkeley DB under a proprietary software license that included standard commercial features, and simultaneously under the newly created Sleepycat License, which allows open source use and distribution of Berkeley DB with a copyleft redistribution condition similar to the GNU General Public License.Sleepycat had offices in California, Massachusetts and the United Kingdom, and was profitable during its entire existence.

Will Eno

Will Eno (born 1965) is an American playwright based in Brooklyn, New York. His play, Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2005. His play The Realistic Joneses appeared on Broadway in 2014, where it received a Drama Desk Special Award and was named Best Play on Broadway by USA Today, and best American play of 2014 by The Guardian. His play The Open House was presented Off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre in 2014 and won the Obie Award for Playwriting as well as other awards, and was on both TIME Magazine and Time Out New York 's Top Ten Plays of 2014.

Zeb Spaulding House

The Zeb Spaulding House is a historic First Period house at 1044 Lowell Road in Carlisle, Massachusetts. It is a 2-1/2 story timber frame structure, five bays wide, with a side gable roof, large central chimney, and clapboard siding. It was built c. 1725, with additions extending from its rear that date to the 18th and 19th centuries. Its interior beams have quirk beading, a late First Period feature, and there is a Federal period mantel around the fireplace in the right side parlor.The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

Municipalities and communities of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States


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