The Original Starting Point of the Boston Marathon
Ashland is a town in Middlesex County, 22 miles west of Boston. Two major routes, 135 and 126, pass through Ashland. Route 135 was part of the route for the Boston Marathon which began in Ashland on Pleasant Street until the start was moved to Hopkinton’s Main Street in 1924.
In 2005, the town completed the new high school and revised the division of grades. In 2019, Ashland High School was ranked #46 among all of the high schools in Massachusetts (out of 352 schools) and #1052 in national school rankings according to U.S. News & World Report.
Ashland Day is typically held on the third Saturday in September, annually. Festivities occur near the center of town at Stone Park and include a number of booths and various carnival-like rides. Many of the school system’s athletic clubs and organizations use the day as an annual fundraising event, but it serves primarily as a day for residents to enjoy numerous activities and delicious food.