Settled in 1638
With serene views of the Merrimack River, more than 900 acres of farmland and a classic 19th century industrial village, Merrimac Square; Merrimac is a quintessential New England community. Merrimac retains a rural, small-town ambiance that is very important to residents. Events like the summertime Old Home Days celebration, as well as the Santa Parade in December bring the entire community together.
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It is believed that the town, as well as the Merrimack River that runs along its southern border, are both named for the American Indian tribe that occupied the region. In the tribe’s language, “Merrimac” means “swift water place.” Boating is quite popular on the Merrimack River. Lake Attitash separates Merrimac and Amesbury and provides plenty of water recreation. Boating, swimming and fishing are all popular on this 360 acre lake. Merrimac does have a town beach on the lake at Indian Head Park. Cobbler’s Brook, the McLaren Trail and the Town Forest provide scenic hiking trails throughout Merrimac.
An important part of the history of Merrimac, in fact its origin, was centered around the horse carriage industry in the early 1800’s. During the first quarter century of its existence, the town enjoyed a heyday of growth and prosperity based on the reputation of producing the highest quality of horse drawn carriages.
Today Merrimac has become a primarily residential community and its proximity to Routes 495 and 95 make it an ideal spot for commuters who enjoy life outside the hustle and bustle of the suburbs.
Merrimac is located in the Merrimack River Valley approximately 35 miles north of Boston and 10 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean. The town is bordered by Haverhill to the west, the Merrimack River and West Newbury to the South, Amesbury to the East and New Hampshire to the North.
Size: 8.86 square miles
Average Home Cost: $346,141*
Tax Rate (Fiscal 2014): $16.25per thousand
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*Data collected from MLSPIN based on single family sales during the 12 month period from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.