About FraminghamSettled in 1650, Framingham was named after Gov. Thomas Danforth's English hometown. By 1700 the town had grown to about 70 families. One resident, Crispus Attucks, was killed for inciting a mob against British soldiers March 5, 1770, an incident that later became known as the Boston Massacre. Attucks is considered the first African-American killed in the country's battle for independence.
In 1837 the waterpower of the Sudbury River led to the relocation of a textile company from Lowell to Framingham. Other industries followed. Today, Framingham is home to the world headquarters for such corporations as Bose, founded in 1964 by Amar Bose, then an MIT engineering student and later an MIT professor; the original office superstore, Staples, which got its start in Brighton; and TJX, which operates the off-price retail chains T.J.Maxx and Marshalls.
Visitor Centers MetroWest Chamber of Commerce 1671 Worcester Rd. Framingham, MA 01701. Phone:(508)879-5600
ShoppingLocated on the site of one of the country's first suburban malls, the Golden Triangle is one of New England's largest retail districts. The longtime commercial area, on the Framingham-Natick border off SR 9, is anchored by Shoppers World (1 Worcester Rd.), an open-air center with such tenants as Kohl's and Nordstrom Rack, and the Natick Mall.
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