Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Lincoln, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Lincoln.
Number of Households: 2,204
ZIP Codes: 01731, 01773, 02451
Lincoln’s crime rate sits around 81 with it being 81% safer than other US cities. Annually, there are 2 violent crimes and 46 property crimes. The crime rate for 1,000 residents for violent crime is incredibly low at .29 and the property crime rate is at 6.78. Across the board, crime is very low in this small Massachusetts town.
Lincoln is a town of roughly 6,500 residents located thirty minutes northwest of Boston. In 1877, the pastor of the first church in Lincoln described the area: “Few towns within the same radius from Boston have land of as good quality, a greater variety of trees, a unique character and beauty, a lake of excellent quality, and a landscape surpassed in none of the towns of the region.” While only 15 miles outside of Boston, Lincoln still appears as a quaint, rural New England town to this day.
The area was first settled in 1654 and established as its own town a century later in 1754. Residents in the area were dissatisfied and inconvenienced with the distance they lived from meetinghouses and places of worship and petitioned to form a new town. After the courts denied the petition twice, Lincoln was finally an incorporated town in 1754.
The residents of Lincoln still wanted more self-governance and had major concerns about the accessibility of the roads to neighboring towns. The town’s first meeting was held in spring of 1754 where 5 men were chosen to be the overseers. The town was named after an influential judge’s family home in Lincolnshire, England. A new meetinghouse was constructed three years later and new roads were built. Lincoln’s main industries before the Revolutionary War included farming, craftsman, cobblers, and spinners.
The town of Lincoln had a part in some major moments in history in the Revolutionary War. It was in Lincoln that Paul Revere was captured by the Colonists on his way to Concord to alert the people there of the impending invasion to destroy the town’s ammunition. Over 100 minutemen and militia from Lincoln made their way to Concord and were a part of the first battle of the Revolutionary War: The North Bridge Battle.
Lincoln has an array of historical homes, museums, and outdoor sites. Lincoln is home to the largest sculpture park in the New England area. The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park is on 30 acres of land and has an ever changing rotation of large scale sculptures and installations outdoors. Inside, the museum has a large gallery of rotating works, but the permanent collection focuses on work by New England artists.
While in Lincoln, you can visit the home of the town’s founder, Chambers Russell I. The Codman House was originally built in 1735 and added to in the 1790s. Inside it’s filled with memorabilia, artworks, and portraits from different eras and is open to the public for half the year. A much more modern historic home is the Gropius House, which is a designated National Historic Landmark. Walter Gropius was a pioneer in modernist architecture in the early 20th century. Following the efficiency of minimalist modern architecture, this home was designed with the New England spirit mixed with a contemporary flair.
German modernist architect Walter Gropius built his home in Lincoln after fleeing Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Indie band “They Might Be Giants” were raised in Lincoln and named an early album after their hometown.