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Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Topsfield, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Topsfield.
Number of Households: 2,146
ZIP Codes: 01982, 01983
Topsfield is a very safe area to live in. The town is 93% safer than other cities in the United States with a 1 in 471 chance of being a victim of a crime. Crime rates continue to drop in Topsfield by 38% with less than 1 crime being committed on a daily basis.
Topsfield, Massachusetts is a small town 30 minutes north of Boston. With a small population of just 6,000 residents, Topsfield has a long history spanning over a thousand years. The original population of the area were Native Americans who consisted of hunters and gatherers. In the early 17th century, Europeans colonized the region and brought with them the devastation of smallpox. Within 50 years, most of the native population in the now Topsfield area has been decimated due to the disease. A surviving Agawam native, Chief Masconomet, had a friendly relationship with the colonists and sold much of the surrounding land for 20 pounds to Massachusetts Bay governor, John Winthrop.
By 1643, the borders of modern day Topsfield have been established, and the English colonists have settled into the area. The town was renamed in 1648 to Topsfield, after the village in England, Toppesfield. In 1650 Topsfield was formally incorporated. In the latter part of the 1600s, the Salem Witch Trials affected Topsfield directly. Four female residents of the town of Topsfield were hanged due to their perceived demonic possession and ties to witchcraft during the height of the hysteria. Several others in the town were accused, but set free. In 1693 the governor of Massachusetts set free all of the accused of witchcraft and issued a public pardon.
Topsfield also played a role in another massive part of Massachusetts colonial history by aiding in the Revolutionary War. In 1771 the town voted towards American independence and participated in the revolutionary Boston Tea Party. Topsfield sent 110 minute men to Concord and Lexington in April of 1775; as well as for the Battle on Bunker Hill later that same year in June.
In the 1800s is when Topsfield’s real industries began to grow - mainly shoe factories, inns, and railroads. The Newburyport Turnpike was finished in 1805 and the railroad was completed in 1854 which now made it easy to commute and travel to surrounding areas. Topsfield’s strong shoe making and farming industries evolved to suburban communities in the 1900s that have shaped the town into what it is today.
The Topsfield Fair is the oldest running fair in the country and annually attracts 500,000 visitors. This fair is always 11 days during the last weekend of September to early October. There are also plenty of outdoor spaces for hiking and experiencing the fresh air in town. The Bradley Palmer State Park encompasses 721 acres with room for hiking, swimming, biking, horseback riding, canoeing and fishing. Also on the state park’s property is the former estate of Bradley Palmer, a prominent lawyer in the 1900s. Palmer left the land to the public to be used near the end of his life. Topsfield is home to Mormon founder, Joseph Smith. While the family’s generational homestead is a private residence, groups gather outside to commemorate the founder.
Notable citizens of Topsfield include actress Donna Murphy, creator of the Gilette Razor Company, Bradley Palmer, and Church of Latter Day Saints founder, Joseph Smith.