Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Dracut, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Dracut.
Dracut Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Dracut was ranked 99th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 declining from 185th in 2012. It was 171st for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” declining from 185th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Dracut
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Dracut 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 Dracut
The original inhabitants of Dracut were the Pennacook Indians. Before the Europeans settled in the area in the mid-1600s, Dracut – and the surrounding area – was known as “Augumtoocooke.” From the late 1500s to the mid-1600s the legendary chief of the Pennacook tribe, Passaconaway and his family, lived on this land.
The first modern settlers were Europeans who came from Chelmsford, England in 1653. They established the town of Chelmsford, incorporated in 1655, on the opposite side of the Merrimack River from modern-day Dracut. Until it was incorporated as a town on February 26,1701, Dracut was part of Chelmsford.
What Dracut is Known for…
Dracut is said to be the only town in the world with that name. It was named after Captain John Evered, aka Webb, of Draucutt of Norfolk County, England, who purchased the land in October 1665 from the daughter of Passaconaway for four yards of wool and a pound of tobacco. Dracut’s early economy included fishing, lumbering and milling. In the 1800s, Dracut was home to the paper and cotton textile industries. Dracut is home to the Colburn/Cutter House, with its massive beams, huge center chimney and fireplaces, which dates back to 1717, and serves as the host site for the annual Dracut Craft Fair.
Listing of Dracut Favorites
Kashin Garden, 10 Dinley St., Dracut, MA 01826
Dracut House of Pizza, 1067 Lakeview Ave., Dracut, MA 01826
Grazie, 80 Meadow Creek, Dracut, MA 01826
Changhai, 101 Broadway Road, Dracut, MA 01826
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
The Veteran’s Memorial Park on Broadway Road (Route 113), consists of the Veteran’s Memorial, a three-quarter mile paved walking trail, two Cal Ripken baseball fields, two soccer fields, two Pop Warner football fields, playground equipment and the spray and play water area.
Monahan Park on Pleasant Street consists of three softball fields and a skateboard park. Varnum Park at the Corner of Broadway and Arlington, is a small passive recreation area with shaded/grassy area with picnic tables. Lake Mascuppic Beach and Boat Ramp is a public beach and state boat ramp.
Famous People from (or Who Lived in) Dracut
James Mitchell Varnum was born in Dracut on December 17, 1748. Varnum was an American legislator, lawyer, general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and a pioneer to the Ohio Country. He died in Marietta, Ohio on January 9, 1789.
Wendell Reid Corey was born in Dracut on March 20, 1914. An actor and politician, he died in Woodlands Hill, CA on November 8, 1968.
John A. Ogonowski (February 24, 1949 – September 11, 2001) was an American pilot and an agricultural activist, who lived in Dracut. Ogonowski was killed on September 11, 2001, while at the controls during the hijacking of American Airlines Flight 11.