Located in the
northwest portion of town, the center of this community is Nobscot
Village, the area's commercial district at the intersection of Edgell
Road and Water Street / Edmands Road. But Nobscot is so much more.
From the serene farms to the west of the village to the imposing
heights of Nobscot Mountain and Doeskin Hill to the north, verdant
pathways of the renowned Garden in the Woods to the east, and extensive
trails of Callahan State Park, Nobscot is a place of natural beauty as
well as the home of numerous residents, businesses, and other
institutions. Take a look around our website and see everything Nobscot
has to offer!
The name Nobscot is derived
from the Algonquin word Penobscot, which means "the place where the
rocks open out." The colonial settlers in the area shortened it to
Nobscot. In the earlier colonial era it was known as Brackett's Corner,
named for Solomon Brackett, who owned a bakery at the intersection of
Edgell and Edmands Roads late in the 18th century.
most undeveloped section of Framingham, Nobscot was a sleepy village
consisting of a chapel, a school, and a combination post office /
library, surrounded by farm fields and orchards, until the suburban boom
of the 1950s. There are still numerous 18th and 19th century homes and
public buildings within Nobscot - just look for the date board, which
lists the date it was built, and sometimes the original owner or use,
mounted on the front or side of the building.
commercial enterprise prior to the post-war suburban build-out was the
Nobscot Springs bottled spring water company, which tapped its product
at the base of Nobscot Hill. This era brought the village landscape that
we see today, including the numerous subdivisions of single-family
homes, apartment buildings, shopping plazas, the fire station, and what
is still today the area's only traffic light.