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Methuen is a city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 47,255 at the 2010 census. Historically, Methuen had a town meeting-selectmen form of government and was known as the Town of Methuen until it adopted a charter replacing its traditional town meeting and selectmen with a council and manager. Even with a form of government that had historically and legally been exclusive to cities, the community, in a gesture of traditionalism, retained the name Town of Methuen in its charter. However, because Massachusetts cities have self-governing powers not available to towns, it became known for legal purposes as "The City Known as the Town of Methuen." A subsequent charter, which adopted a strong mayor form of government, officially changed the community name to the "City of Methuen."
Methuen was first settled in 1642 and was officially incorporated in 1726. Methuen was originally part of Haverhill, Massachusetts. In 1724, Stephen Barker and others in the western part of that town petitioned the General Court to grant them permission to form a new town above Hawke's Meadow Brook. Although opposed by their fellow townsmen, the petition was approved the following year (Dec. 8, 1725), and the General Court gave them an act of incorporation under the name of Methuen. The town was named for Sir Paul Methuen, a member of the King's Privy Council and friend of acting Provincial Governor William Dummer. The first town meeting was held March 9, 1726.
Industrial growth in the 1800s influenced Methuen's development. Construction of the Methuen Cotton Mills at the Spicket River falls in the 1820s and the increased manufacture of hats and shoes in small factories along the Spicket spurred the centralization of Methuen's economic, residential and cultural activities within the area around Osgood, Broadway, Hampshire and Pleasant streets. Three wealthy and prominent families—the Nevins, the Tenneys and the Searles—played a significant role in Methuen's history and development. These families were instrumental in the founding of many of Methuen's landmarks, including the Nevins Memorial Library, the Searles building, Tenney Gatehouse, Nevins Home, Spicket Falls, and the Civil War monument between Pleasant and Charles streets.
Methuen lies along the northwestern edge of Essex County, just east of Middlesex County and just south of Rockingham County, New Hampshire. The irregularly-shaped town is bordered by Haverhill to the northeast, North Andover to the east, Lawrence and Andover to the south, Dracut (Middlesex County) to the west, Pelham, New Hampshire (Hillsborough County) to the Northwest, and Salem, New Hampshire (Rockingham County) to the north. Methuen is located 30 miles north-northwest of Boston and 25 miles south-southeast of Manchester, New Hampshire.
Methuen Town, Massachusetts, gets 42 inches of rain per year. The U.S. average is 37. Snowfall is 46 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 111.
On average, there are 202 sunny days per year in Methuen Town, Massachusetts. The July high is around 83 degrees. The January low is 16. The comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 50 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The U.S. average on the comfort index is 44.
When you’re in Methuen, you have a choice of shopping locally or heading out to Boston or Washington, D.C. Not that Methuen can’t hold its own, but it’s always nice knowing you always have a choice.
Whirlaway Sports Center – 500 Merrimack St, Methuen, MA 01844 – (978) 688-8356
Flex Appeal – 126 Merrimack St, Methuen, MA 01844 – (978) 725-3539
Martin's Flowers & Gifts – 500 Jackson St, Methuen, MA 01844 – (978) 689-8104
The Guitar Garage – 4 Hampshire St, Methuen, MA 01844 – (978) 682-9630
For the record, they have Texas Roadhouse Steakhouses in Texas, so it’s an incredible, authentic taste of the South, right here in Methuen. Honestly, it doesn’t matter if you’re in the mood for Texas or not – you have a new cuisine to choose from wherever you turn.
Not Your Average Joe's – 90 Pleasant Valley St, Methuen, MA 01844 – (978) 974-0015
Texas Roadhouse – 424 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844 – (978) 975-5588
Fusion House – 301 Merrimack St. # 2, Methuen, MA 01844 – (978) 686-8878
Sahtaine Restaurant – 319 Merrimack St, Methuen, MA 01844 – (978) 258-2186
You’ll never be left wondering where to go when you’re in Methuen. Methuen has a bustling nightlife by itself, but the beautiful thing about Methuen is that you’re not limited to your immediate surroundings by any means.
Muddy's Waters Pub & Restaurant – 940 Riverside Dr, Methuen, MA 01844 – (978) 686-4040
Sahara Club & Restaurant – 34 Bates St, Methuen, MA 01844 – (978) 683-9200
The Irish Cottage – 1111 Riverside Dr, Methuen, MA 01844 – (978) 208-4347
Fireside Restaurant – 171 Pelham St, Methuen, MA 01844 – (978) 683-2945
Methuen schools are publicly governed by the Methuen Public School system, which includes Methuen High School, Comprehensive Grammar School, Tenney Grammar School, Timony Grammar School and Marsh Grammar School. The community has a thriving private school sector as well.
Methuen High School – 1 Ranger Rd, Methuen, MA 01844 – (978) 722-6040
Comprehensive Grammar School – 100 Howe St, Methuen, MA 01844 – (978) 722-9051
Marsh Grammar School – 309 Pelham St, Methuen, MA 01844 – (978) 722-9076
Presentation of Mary Academy – 209 Lawrence St, Methuen, MA 01844 – (978) 682-9391
This is another quaint little town that is full of American History. Not only was it a part of American Revolution and the Civil War, but it played a significant role in the Industrial Revolution as well. Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, you’ll soon come to discover there’s more to see.
Lowell National Historical Park – 304 Dutton St, Lowell, MA 01852 – 978) 970-5000
Salem Witch Museum – 19 1/2 N Washington Square, Salem, MA 01970 – (978) 744-1692
Copley Square – 560 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116 – (617) 635-4505
Revere Beach – 350 Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA 02151 – (978) 807-0167
Methuen is home to the first public beach in the United States, believe it or not. Being in such close vicinity to major metropolitan areas doesn’t hurt, either. You’ll be close to both Boston and Washington D.C., making it easy to take a day trip to some of the cities that are most important to this country.
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