Postal Abbreviation: MA
Population 2018 6,902,149
Legal Driving Age: 18
(*16 w/ Driver's Ed.)
Age of Majority: 18
Median Age: 38.3
State Song: “Massachusetts! My Massachusetts”
Lyrics: James Ryder Randall
Music: to the tune of “Lauriger Horatius”
Median Household Income:$74,167
Entered Union..... Apr. 28, 1788 (7th)
Present Constitution Adopted: 1867
Nickname: Free State
Old Line State
“Fatti maschii, parole femine”
(Manly deeds, womanly words)
Origin of Name:
Was named by Lord Baltimore in honor of Quuen Mary (Henrietta Maria), wife of England's King Charles I.
AGRICULTURE: cranberries, eggs,
flowers, fruit, milk, turkeys, vegetables.
MINING: lime, sand, stone.
MANUFACTURING: chemicals, clothing,
computer hardware and software,
electronics, instruments, machinery,
metal products, textiles.
Total Area: 9,241 sq. miles
Land area: 7,838 sq. miles
Water Area: 1,403 sq. miles
Geographic Center: Worcester
Northern part of the city
Highest Point: Mount Greylock
Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean
Highest Recorded Temp.: 107˚ F (8/2/1975)
Lowest Recorded Temp.: –35˚ F (1/12/1981)
Massachusetts has two main characteristics. The shore area is primarily level, with low rounded hills. The Western part of the state is hilly, with the Berkshire Mountains and the Taconic Mountains crossing the states. The area between them is the Hoosac Valley.
New Bedford, 95,072
Fall River, 88,857
1620 The Mayflower arrived at Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims disembarked.
1623 Governor William Bradford put aside a special day of Thanksgiving .
1628 A permanent settlement at Salem was established.
1630 The Puritans migrated from Salem and founded Boston.
1636 Harvard University was founded
1692 Nineteen women are condemned to death for practicing witchcraft in
1770 A British troops open fire on Americans resulting in Boston Massacre.
1773 American patriots throw tea overboard in what became known as the
Boston Tea Party.
1775 The Revolutionary War begins when the first shots are fired at Concord
1775 The battle of Bunker Hill was fought outside Boston.
1787 Daniel Shay led a rebellion that was put down.
1831 William Lloyd Garrison bean publishing the Liberator.
1876 Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in Boston.
1960 John F Kennedy Elected President of the United States
2013- Bomb goes off at the finish point of the Boston Marathon
John Quincy Adams
Susan B. Anthony
George H. W. Bush
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Oliver Wendell Holmes
John F. Kennedy
Samuel F. B. Morse
Henry David Thoreau
Massachusetts National Sites
1) Adams' National Historic Site
This site was the family home for four generations for the Adams family, including John and John Quincy Adams two of Americas early Presidents.
2) Boston African American National Historical Site
Located in downtown Boston this is the site of oldest Black church in the United States.
3) Boston National Historical Park
This site which contains a series of buildings and cemeteries that relate to the colonial fight against the British during the fight for independence.
4) Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
This site was the home and office of Frederick Law considered the father of American city parks. He designed New York’s Central Park.
5) John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
This three story house was the birthplace of John F Kennedy the 35th president of the United States.
6) Longfellow National Historic Site
This site was the historic site of the home of one of Americas most renowned poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
7) Lowell National Historic Park
Lowell was founded in 1826 as Americas first mill town. The historic site commemorates the arrival of the industrial revolution in the United States
8) Minute Man National Historic Park
This park extends the six miles between Lexington and Concord. It commemorates the first shots fired by Minutemen at British troops.
9) Salem Maritime National Historic Site
The history of New England’s early seafaring days is told in Salem. Many of the original building are part of the site.
10) Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
This site contains a reconstruction of America’s first Iron works. It began operation in 1646.