Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for North Reading, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to North Reading.
North Reading Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, North Reading was ranked 206th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 194th in 2012. It was 255th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 182nd in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in North Reading
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the North Reading 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 North Reading
North Reading was first settled in 1651 when the town of Reading received a special land grant north of the Ipswich River. Six families received farmland along the river during the mid-17th century. The economy of the town in the 17th and 18th centuries was based on subsistence farming with limited hop production. There was a sawmill on Lob’s Pond by 1694 and grist and saw mills at the village center by 1794. North Reading was officially incorporated as the separate town of North Reading in 1853.
What North Reading is Known for…
By 1920, some residents were earning their livings by making boots and shoes. By 1850 small sheds or shops to make shoes were attached to almost every house in town. These shops produced cheap footwear that was sold to people in the South for their slaves. But the Civil War destroyed the town’s industry. Around 1887, Jared B. McLane started the McLane Wagon Factory, which became a dominant manufacturing company in the town. McLane wagons were purchased and used across the United States.
Listing of North Reading favorites
Horseshoe Grille, 226 Main St., North Reading, MA 01864
Lobster Claw Seafoods, 7A Main St., North Reading, MA 01864
Ginger Gourmet, 265 Main St., North Reading, MA 01864
Joe Fish, 60 Main St., North Reading, MA 01864
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
The Reverend Daniel Putnam House on Bow Street was the residence of Reverend Daniel Putnam who became the first pastor of the North Reading Parish when he was 23. He served until he died on June 20, 1759. The town now owns the house and grounds and leases them to the Historical Society for its headquarters.
The North Reading Minit and Militia disassembled and rebuilt the West Village Schoolhouse, now located at the far northeast corner of the Putnam House property. Built around 1845, this school originally served the residents of the western section of town. The schoolhouse has been returned to its19th century form, complete with chalkboards, teacher’s desk, student desks, pot-bellied stove, and a working bell in its steeple. A volunteer teacher, in period dress, often hosts classes for the local elementary schools.
The David Damon Tavern was built in 1817 by Ebenezer Damon for his older brother, Captain David Damon, a Revolutionary War veteran. The tavern, which had 21 rooms and nine fireplaces, also served as the town’s first post office. The town’s first telephone switchboard was located there in the early 1900s. From 1958 until the 1980s when it was deemed structurally unsafe, the tavern also served as the Weeks Memorial Library.
Famous People from (or Who Lived in) North Reading
Alexandra Carpenter was born in North Reading on April 13, 1994. An American ice hockey player, Carpenter was a member of the 2014 United States Olympic team. She is the daughter of former NHL player Bobby Carpenter.
Arthur Joseph Kenney was born in Milord on April 29, 1916. He was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Bees during the 1938 season. He served as principal of North Reading High School from 1950 to 1963. Kenney died in Littleton, New Hampshire on March 12, 2014
Jonathan E. “Jon” Favreau was born June 2, 1981 in Winchester. A former resident of North Reading, Favreau graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2003 as his class’s valedictorian. He served as the Director of Speechwriting for President Barack Obama from January 20, 2009 to February 5, 2013.