Maynard is a thriving, active community. We are home to more than 10,000 residents, and we are blessed with a vast and diverse set of businesses, going all the way back to Maynard’s founding as a mill community in 1871.
Wrapped inside the cozy neighborhoods of a leafy mill town in Boston’s Metro West, Maynard’s Downtown is a dynamic micro-city. Unlike its colonial neighbors, Maynard came of age during the Industrial Revolution and has a unique, compact and walkable town center clustered around its iconic Mill (in fact, Maynard has been recognized as the most walkable town in the greater Boston area by “Boston” magazine).
A quarter of Maynard’s land is part of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge and the Assabet River provides numerous scenic and recreational opportunities, primarily along the newly opened Assabet River Rail Trail.
It’s easy to spend an afternoon in Maynard’s downtown, enjoying a film at the recently restored Fine Arts Theatre Place and then tasting the diverse flavors of our many ethnic restaurants and cafes. Visitors can explore the eclectic collection of vintage shops, art galleries and comic stores and walk the aisles of the Maynard Outdoor Store. Additionally, the town boasts ArtSpace, a re-purposed school that houses more than 80 artists in 43 studios and holds open monthly exhibits, events, and sales – and is also home to the “Acme Theater Company’ a local community theater organization.