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Merrimac MA

Merrimack RiverMerrimac was an award winning carriage production town, before the advent of the automobile industry. The mid 1800s was the height of carriage production in Merrimac. Nineteen shops were producing 1,500 carriages per year. This small New England town is now primarily a residential community. The population was 6,723 in 2020. It is 42 miles north of Boston. 

The town was incorporated on April 11th, 1876. It has a total of 8.8 square miles: 8.5 square miles of land, and the remainder is water. Merrimac is governed by a form of direct democracy unique to many New England towns. Residents participate in the Annual Town Meeting (and special town meetings when needed) to vote on major and minor decisions. Three members are hired to run the day to day operations serving as the Merrimac Board of Selectmen. 

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Merrimac students attend Pentucket Regional School District public schools. The district serves Groveland, Merrimac, and West Newbury. High School students may also choose to attend technical school in neighboring Haverhill. 

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