The Town of Natick is a suburban industrial center located on the upper basin of the Charles and Concord Rivers with an extensive complex of ponds.The town was from earliest Colonial days a prime target for development, possessing as it did good agricultural land, fish runs and water power. Established in 1650 on the Charles River, Natick was an agricultural community with some orchards, lumbering, grist and sawmills.
The town's products, including baseballs manufactured in Natick, were shipped to Boston on the Boston and Worcester Railroad. The town saw rapid growth including an Irish, English, Nova Scotian, Italian and Armenian immigrant population which came to take jobs in the shoe plants and by the 1880's, Natick was the third largest shoe production community in the country. In modern times, Natick has become an industrial Boston-oriented suburban community with heavy strip development on Route 9 with numerous shopping centers, restaurants, and apartment/condo living. Over the past several years, a new shopping and living destination was created at the Natick Mall, now the Natick Collection. This development has revived and renewed this area making it the place to go and a great place to live.
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