Chelmsford was incorporated in pre-independence Massachusetts in 1655. It was named after Chelmsford in Essex in England. Lumber mills, limestone quarries and kilns were the first signs of industry in the area. During the Industrial Revolution, Chelmsford became a large scale factory town. The town grew further in the mid 20th century when it became a junction for road and rail links. Canada Dry was first made by the Chelmsford Ginger Ale Company.

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1.Chelmsford Public Library

Chelmsford Public Library
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The original portion of the library was established with donations from Amos Adams who wished that all children should have access to books. Today there are two branches and range of services offered by the library. Besides books, there is 'the library of things', e.g. knitting kits, wheelchairs and metal detectors, that can be borrowed. Audiobooks and e-books can be downloaded. There is a vast genealogy section with links to local family history sites and cemetery and obituary records. Outreach programs target young children, teens adult and seniors. Technology training and support are offered. In summer, the library is closed on Sundays.

25 Boston Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824, Phone: 978-256-5521

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2.Loch Ness Play Center

Loch Ness Play Center
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The Loch Ness Play Center has a variety of programs for children aged 2-12. The drop-in play area is designed for toddlers to play while their minders enjoy free WiFi access and coffee. The date night baby sitting service, available on Fridays and Saturdays till 9 pm, includes pizza and a movie for the children. Parties can be arranged. The enrichment classes include art, science, engineering, fitness, dance and theatre activities. Parental involvement is required for some of the classes. The center is open 7 days a week.

18 Boston Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824, Phone: 978-770-2437

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3.Moonstones

Moonstones
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Moonstones is the second restaurant in the Stones Hospitality Group started by Scott and Kathy Platt. Cobblestones was established in 1994 and Moonstones in 2009. Scott started as a dishwasher in a restaurant at the age of 13. He grew up in New York and studied restaurant management, where he met his wife. He had an ambition to create a restaurant that offered global cuisine and Moonstones is the result. Scott writes a humorous blog and a newspaper column from the perspective of a restaurant insider. The restaurant and bar are open 7 days a week.

185 Chelmsford St, 01824 Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Phone: 978-256-777

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4.KJ's Caffe

KJ's Caffe
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Katherine and Justin Badstinelli started KJ's barista shop because it afforded them time to spend with their five children. The atmosphere is that of a home away from home, for them and their customers. They serve 20 varieties of coffees in the form of espressos, lattes, cappuccino, and many more. Light snacks include sandwiches, paninis, bagels and wraps. Their muffins come in different flavors and they have a range of gluten-free snacks available. KJ's offers a catering service for private, business and community functions.

118 Chelmsford St., Chelmsford, MA 01824, Phone: 978-455-2534

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