Wakefield’s roots date to 1639 when Linn Village was established. A few name changes later – including “Redding” and “South Reading” – “Wakefield” was adopted on July 4, 1868 to honor Cyrus Wakefield, a rattan industry giant and major town employer who donated a lot plus $30,000 to build a town hall.
Despite its size – population of 24,000-plus – Wakefield is a “town” because of its form of government that includes a Town Council, Town Administrator and town committees. Budgets are discussed at annual town meetings.
Wakefield is the former site of Pleasure Island, New England’s Disneyland. The park covered 80 acres with nearly 50 rides, attractions, theme restaurants and a shopping area. After 10 years in operation, the park closed in 1969.
Mother Nature’s attractions, however, continue to thrive. Lake Quannapowitt, named in 1847 for Native American James Quannapowitt (KWAN-ah-POW-it), is a popular setting for walkers, runners and cyclists.
Things To Do in Wakefield:
- Lake Quannapowitt is known for its walking path, but people also enjoy boating and sailing.
- Breakheart Reservation has hiking trails and swimming at Peace Lake in the summer
Restaurants in Wakefield:
Shopping in Wakefield:
Check out the wide variety of shops at the Redstone Shopping Center in the neighboring town of Stoneham, MA!
Living in Wakefield:
Contact J Barrett & Company if you have any questions!