Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Middleton, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Middleton.
Middleton Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Middleton was ranked 217th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 212th in 2012. It was 278th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 267th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Middleton
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Middleton area for decades. We know the landscape and we have good relationships with local police and fire officials. Our team of employees (200 strong and growing) live in the communities we serve, this means our customers are our neighbors.
Origin of Middleton
Middleton, formerly part of Salem, was first settled in 1659 by Bray Wilkins and his family. Wilkens purchased 700 acres of land from Gov. Richard Bellingham to the northwest of Salem known as “Will’s Hill.” Wilkins started a business manufacturing wood products that ultimately failed, forcing him to sell back some of the land.
In the 1680s, he operated a small farm which — along with parts of Andover, Boxford, and Topsfield — was incorporated into the town of Middleton in 1728. The town was called Middleton because it was situated midway between the settlements of Salem and Andover.
What Middleton is Known for . . .
During the 18th century, Middleton supported a vital ironworks industry which was located in the area of what is now Mill and Liberty streets. From the late 18th century to the mid-19th century, Middleton was a vacation town to people who lived in Lawrence and Lowell. It is also home to one of the oldest trees in Massachusetts. The tree, which is about 400 years old, is located at 53 Peabody Street. The oldest house is the Wilkins house, which was built in 1693 and served as a tavern on the main road between Salem and Lawrence.
Listing of Middleton Favorites
Richardson’s Ice Cream, 156 South Main St., Middleton, MA 01949
Maggie’s Farm, 119 South Main St., Middleton, MA 01949
Angelica’s, 49 South Main St., Middleton, MA 01949
Middleton House of Pizza, 251 South Main St., Middleton, MA 01949
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
The Joseph Fuller House is a historic late First Period house located at 161 Essex Street. Fuller built the oldest part of the house sometime before 1720. It consisted of two stories, each with two rooms and a central chimney. In the 18th century, a lean to section was added which made the home look like a saltbox. Most of the interior decoration dates to about 1800.
The Lura Woodside Watkins Museum at One South Main St. houses an extensive collection of 18th, 19th, and 20th century artifacts. The Middleton Historical Society, which owns, maintains, and operates the Lura Woodside Watkins Museum, offers lectures, cultural events, and special programs for its members and community members. The museum manages more than 2000 photographs, 100 rare books, 250 letters, 115 diaries, 100 newspaper clippings, vital records, and thousands of artifacts related to Middleton that date from the 1700s and later.
The collection includes 18th and 19th century ceramics and glass; household items such as cooking equipment, pewter goods, early fireplace equipment; furniture; Civil War relics from battlefields; textiles and clothing; tools and industrial items; Native American artifacts; toys and personal items.
Famous People from (or Who Lived in) Middleton
Norm Nathan (1926-1996), radio celebrity, passed away at his home in Middleton.
Sergei Samsonov, a former professional ice hockey forward from Moscow, Russia, who was drafted by the Boston Bruins in 1997. On March 9, 2006, Samsonov was traded from Boston to the Edmonton Oilers.
Kyle McLaren, a retired professional ice hockey defenseman from Canada who played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Boston Bruins (drafted in 1995) and San Jose Sharks.
Timothy Thomas, Jr., an American professional ice hockey goaltender. As a Boston Bruin, Thomas won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. He became the oldest player in league history to win the Conn Smythe at age 37.
Jo Jo White, an American former professional basketball player. White is best known for his 10-year stint – 1969-1979 – with the Boston Celtics.