The Middlesex County town of Pepperell, with a population of about 11,500, was initially settled in 1720 and was part of Groton at that time. Pepperell was officially incorporated as a separate town in 1775, with the founders naming the community after Massachusetts Colonial Soldier Sir William Pepperell.
The people of Pepperell were major players in the nation's movement toward independence from the British. The town was never the site of a British attack during the Revolutionary War, but many of its citizens fought in the Battle of Concord. Resident William Prescott was a commander at The Battle of Bunker Hill, and women guarding the area of the Pepperell covered bridge were responsible for the apprehension of a British spy.
By the early 1800s, a trio of paper mills moved to town, one of which also manufactured boots, shoes and hats.
In the mid-1800s the Worcester & Nashua Railroad constructed a train station and rail line in town, which later became part of the Boston & Maine Railroad. The Pepperell station was demolished after it was eliminated from the service line in 1934. In 2001, the path that was once the train tracks was paved and is now a portion of that Nashua River Rail Trail.
The town's Lawrence Library, built in 1901, is among the town services Pepperell residents saved in 2009 with an affirmative vote to continue funding operations there as well as at the Community and Senior Centers.
Renters looking for a new home in Pepperell may find a suitable living space in a recently advertised one bedroom, single bathroom unit on Hyacinth Drive. This first-level unit has a separate entrance for added privacy, a full bath, spacious living and dining rooms, a galley kitchen and on-site laundry facilities. Many utilities are included in the cost of rent here, as is ground maintenance.
Those in the market for a larger space may opt for something like a three-bedroom, 1.5 bathroom condominium rental on Hollis Street. This off-street building situated on a peaceful cul-de-sac features a private deck, new flooring and a washer and a dishwasher in the unit for added convenience. The open kitchen has the combination of white appliances and the natural look of hardwood floors and cabinetry. The local rail trail and downtown shopping district is just a walk away, and this unit is a mere 15-minute drive away from Route 3. Small dogs are permitted here, but cats are not allowed in this non-smoking space.