Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Natick, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Natick.
Number of Households: 4,877
ZIP Codes: 01760, 01778, 02482
According to FBI statistics, Natick's total crime rate is 15 per thousand residents. Overall, your chances of falling victim to a crime in Natick are 1 in 65. Compared to other towns and cities in America with similar population density, Natick has a lower than average crime rate. Violent crime occurs in Natick at a rate of 2 per thousand citizens. This means that the chances of being a victim of violent crime in Natick are 1 in 623.
Natick was initially settled over 340 years ago by a Puritan missionary named John Elliot. Born in England, Elliot settled Indians on lands divided by the Charles River using funds provided by England's Long Parliament. The Massachusetts Indians settled by Elliot were referred to as praying Indians. Natick was the first of the towns settled by Elliot.
For a long time, it also functioned as the center of the praying towns settled by John Elliot. Natick was a town steeped in traditional Indian and English culture. In fact, the Bible was first translated to the Algonquian language in Natick. Natick was incorporated officially under state law in 1781.
Unlike most towns in Massachusetts, Natick was known for its hand-made shoes. The shoemaking business in Natick began in the early 1800s with cutters and cordwainers working hand in hand to turn out finished products. The arrival of the railroad in Natick in 1835 contributed to the growth of the town's industry. Businesses that improved the shoemaking industry in Natick sprung up. Tanneries began to provide shoemakers with premium leather. Box manufacturing businesses provided the boxes needed for shipping by railway. Large wagons, carriages, and sleighs were also made in Natick to make shoe shipping and distribution easier. By 1880, Natick was the third-highest town in the country regarding shoes produced.
Interestingly, Natick was the origin of figure eight stitching used for baseballs. The figure eight stitching was designed by Col. William A. Cutler in Natick.
The Center for Arts in Natick is an exciting source of fun and entertainment. Situated in Natick's famous Central Fire Station, it is a venue for performances by musicians. Genres such as folk, jazz, rock, and classical have all been performed in the Center for Arts to great acclaim. Musicians such as George Winston, Judy Collins and Don McLean have all graced its illustrious stage.
Located in Natick, Casey's Diner is one of the oldest ten-tool diners still in operation in the country. Casey's Diner measures 10 feet by 20.5 feet and is known far and wide for its delicious steamed hot dogs. Casey's Diner was constructed by the Worchester Luch Car company back in 1922 as a horse-drawn food wagon.
Visitors in Natick can also go to the Natick Community Organic Farm. A certified and entirely organic farm, it charges no admission fees for purchases and visits. The farm has a barn that was erected back in 1815 on its grounds as well as two greenhouses, a nature center, walking trails, beehives and four acres of market gardens.
Natick's greatest attraction might be the International Museum of World War II. The museum is home to a collection of artifacts that document the events of the Second World War. From the signing of the Treaty of Versailles to the war crime trials in Nuremberg and Tokyo, every major event in the timeline of the war is documented by the museum. The museum is the only one in the world with a collection of letters, artifacts, and documents that transcend national borders. The museum houses over 7,000 artifacts including over a hundred mannequins decked out in authentic military gear and uniforms.
National Football League veteran Doug Flutie had his high school education in Natick. He won the 50th Heisman trophy before going on to play for the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots in the National Football League.
American composer and lyricist William Finn also has roots in Natick. He won a Tony award for Best Original Score back in 1992. Stanley Cup winner and ice hockey defenseman John Carlson also has ties to Natick.
The eighteenth US Vice-President in person of Henry Wilson lived most of his life in Natick. He worked as a shoemaker and a schoolteacher before delving into politics. He is buried in Natick.