Massachusetts is divided into six different regions based on geography and topography. The coastal lowland, Connecticut Valley, eastern New England upland, Berkshire Valley and Taconic Mountains possess distinct land formations. Along with numerous lakes, rivers and mountains, the Cape Cod National Shoreline and the Appalachian Mountains are the most prominent landforms in the state of Massachusetts.Continue Reading
The coastal lowland of Massachusetts extends from the east at the Atlantic Ocean. The coastline and jagged offshore islands of Massachusetts are remnants of the last ice age. The coastline features a mixture of bays, beaches, islands and inlets. This area includes Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and the Elizabeth Islands. The coastal lowland comprises swamps, lakes, ponds, shallow rivers and rounded hills.
The western portion of Massachusetts is mostly rural and hilly. This region is an extension of the Green Mountains of Vermont and includes the state’s highest peak. At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts. It is located in the northern Berkshires of western Massachusetts, approximately 3 hours west of Boston. Other mountain peaks in Massachusetts include Saddle Back, Mount Everett, Tekoa Mountain, Mount Frissell, Monument Mountain and Mount Williams.
Massachusetts has over 4,000 miles of rivers and over 1,000 small lakes and ponds. All rivers in the state, including the Charles, Hoosic, Connecticut, Rowley, Blackwater and Merrimack, flow into the Atlantic Ocean.Learn more about The Northeast
Weymouth, Massachusetts is in Norfolk County and the town is approximately 12 miles away from Boston in a southeast direction. Weymouth also is considered part of the South Shore region of the Boston metropolitan area. Some of Weymouth's neighboring towns are Braintree, Rockland and Holbrook.Full Answer >
Massachusetts got its nickname of "The Bay State" from the early settlers because it was close to several large bays. Occasionally, Massachusetts is also called the "Old Colony State."Full Answer >
Methuen, Massachusetts separated from the neighboring town of Haverhill and was incorporated in 1725. The town was named after Sir Paul Methuen, who was a friend of Governor William Dummer. It became a city in 1993, after residents voted for a Charter change. Two of the town's most famous inhabitants are Major Robert Rogers and Edward F. Searles.Full Answer >
Massachusetts was one of the original 13 colonies of what became the United States, and gained statehood on Feb. 6 in 1788. Officially, Massachusetts is labeled a commonwealth.Full Answer >