Lynn’s close proximity to Boston allows residents to enjoy all that the capital of Massachusetts and New England’s largest city has to offer in the way of work and entertainment. Boston is a major manufacturing center, a great seaport, and home to many attractions: museums, symphony, historic sites, Boston Common, the Boston Red Sox, and much more.
Lynn is the largest city in Essex County. Major businesses of Lynn including General Electric and Atlanticare Medical Center among many others offer some great employment opportunities with a minimal commute.
The Lynn Public School District of Essex County provides quality education backed by test scores and performance that continually improve each year. Lynn also offers a variety of private schooling options: North Shore Christian, Sacred Heart Elementary, St. Mary Regional Jr.-Sr. High, and St. Pius V Elementary. Lynn’s North Shore Community College maintains a satellite campus in the downtown area. Being relatively close to Boston means that reputable schools such as Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, MIT, and Northeastern (just to name a few) are well within reach.
The Lynn Public Library was established in 1814. The library possesses a collection of more than 250,000 books and periodicals, including vast collections on the Civil War and the shoe industry. Approximately 60,000 library cardholders enjoy the privileges that the Lynn Public Library offers.
The Lynn Woods Reservation, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (perhaps the most famous Landscape Architect of all time), has 2,200 acres of land available to the public for hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, and more. Noteworthy areas include Dungeon Rock and Breeds Pond. Burrill Hill (elev. 285') and Mt. Gilead (elev. 272') offer local panoramic views. The reservation also maintains a three-acre Rose Garden displaying rose bushes, perennials, and various trees.
Lynn Commons dates back to 1630, the two sections of the Commons were shaped to the proportions of a shoe, evidence to how important shoe production was to the community of Lynn. In the middle of the "sole" is a handsome late Victorian bandstand and at the end of the heel stands a Soldier's Monument honoring casualties of the Civil War.
Almost 350 years ago, settlers looking for new opportunity that Salem lacked bargained with the Indians for some land known as Saugus, a place where the Sagamores (local Indian chiefs) lived. The land was incorporated as the Town of Saugus, in 1630, one year after it was founded. Samuel Whiting, the first official minister, arrived from King's Lynn, England. The new settlers were so overjoyed upon Whiting’s arrival that they changed the name of their community to Lynn, in 1637, in his honor.
Although originally an agricultural community, the people of Lynn were skilled in the craft of making leather shoes. A Quaker named Ebenezer Breed persuaded other Europeans to settle in Lynn and established an important shoe center of the new world. Breed also convinced Congress to place a protective tariff on the shoes made in Lynn, which led to the town’s becoming the ladies' shoe center of the entire world. Lynn became a city in 1850.
In 1892, the Lynn-based Thomson-Houston Electric Company merged with the Edison General Electric Company to form the General Electric Company, still a major employer of the Lynn community. Lynn has a tradition for “being first in ingenuity, industry, and imagination.”
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