Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Ashland, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Ashland.
Ashland Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Ashland was ranked 151st in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 declining from 216th in 2012. It was 55th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” declining from 146th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Ashland
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Ashland 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 Ashland
The area now known as Ashland was settled in the early 1700s century, although Native Americans who had converted to Christianity lived in the area previously. Originally known as “Unionville,” Ashland was incorporated in 1846, and named after the Kentucky estate of statesman Henry Clay. Ashland’s territory was taken almost equally from the previously established towns of Hopkinton, Holliston, and Framingham.
What Ashland is Known for…
Once the original starting point of the Boston Marathon, Ashland is known as the town where inventor Henry Warren’s invented the electric clock. More precisely, Warren invented the Warren Synchronizing Timer in 1916. The timer made synchronous electric clocks possible because it kept alternating current flowing from power plants at a consistent 60 cycles per second.
Warren also founded Telechron, which formed a partnership with General Electric and manufactured electric clocks in Ashland until 1979. A Warren Synchronizing Timer is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. In addition, the Ashland High School sports teams are called, “The Clockers.”
Listing of Ashland Favorites
The Oregon Club, 117 Oregon Rd., Ashland, MA 01721
Dosa Temple, 59 Pond St., Ashland, MA 01721
Stone’s Public House, 179 Main St., Ste 1, Ashland, MA 01721
Ashland Ale House, 23 Pond St., Ashland, MA 01721
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
Stone’s Public House was built by Captain John Stone in 1832 to capitalize on the new Boston and Worcester Railroad. The Railroad House, later called John Stone’s Inn, and now known as Stone’s Public House, is located in the center of Ashland.
Stone’s is reportedly the site of multiple hauntings. According to legend, the inn was the site of a murder. Captain Stone is said to have hit a New York salesman named Mike McPherson over the head with a pistol when he suspected McPherson of cheating at poker. The blow killed McPherson.
As the story goes, Stone and three friends with whom he had been playing swore to McPherson’s death secret, so they buried the salesman’s body in the basement of the inn. Legend has it that the ghosts of the McPherson and the three other players involved all roam the inn. However, no body has ever been found. The Ghost Hunters of SyFy channel fame have visited and filmed a show in the restaurant.
Leonard “Cappy” Fournier purchased and renovated the inn in 1976. During renovations, workers discovered a hidden chamber in the basement, which led to speculation that the inn was used to house runaway slaves who made their way to freedom in the North along the Underground Railroad.
The 470-acre Ashland State Park includes 157-acre reservoir. The park is operated seasonally and provides opportunities for swimming, picnicking, boating, fishing, bicycling, and hiking.
The Ashland Town Forest boasts 550 acres of forest, streams, and hiking trails. Warren Woods, which is adjacent to Ashland State Park, includes ball fields, tennis courts, and access to the reservoir.
Famous People from (or Who Lived in) Ashland
David “Dave” Blass, film and TV art director of such shows as “Cold Case,” “ER,” “Justified,” “Biggest Loser,” and “Beauty and the Geek,” grew up in Ashland. Blass graduated from the Ashland High School, where he wrote and directed his first film, A SADD Story, for “Students Against Drunk Driving” which won a Reader’s Digest contest.
Josephine Angelini, author of the critically acclaimed “Starcrossed” trilogy, was born in Ashland, the youngest of eight siblings. A real-live farmer’s daughter, Angelini graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband.