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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Acton, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Acton and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Acton:
    • 42.485093, -71.432840
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Acton
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Acton ...

We have found 24 communities that share the name Acton.

Within Massachusetts, the name Acton is unique.

Beyond Massachusetts, we know of another 21 communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these 21 communities, nineteen are located in the United States and two are in Canada.

In addition to the above occurrences of Acton, we know of three communities located outside of the United States and Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Jefferson County
      • This Acton is located in Jefferson County and lies 1,039 miles [1,672.1 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Acton that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jefferson County community of Acton.
      • Shelby County
      • This Acton is located in Shelby County and lies 1,045 miles [1,681.8 km] to the west southwest of the Acton that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Shelby County community of Acton.
    • California
      • Los Angeles County
      • This Acton is located in Los Angeles County and lies 2,554 miles [4,110.3 km]<1> to the west of the Acton that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Los Angeles County community of Acton.
    • Florida
      • Polk County
      • This community is historic<2> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Florida community of Acton [Polk County].
    • Georgia
      • Harris County
      • This community is historic<2> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Georgia community of Acton [Harris County].
    • Indiana
      • Marion County
      • This Acton is located in Marion County and lies 780 miles [1,255.3 km]<1> to the west of the Acton that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Marion County community of Acton.
    • Kentucky
      • Taylor County
      • This Acton is located in Taylor County and lies 811 miles [1,305.2 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Acton that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Taylor County community of Acton.
    • Maine
      • York County
      • This Acton is located in York County and lies 77 miles [123.9 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Acton that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the York County community of Acton.
    • Minnesota
      • Meeker County
      • This Acton is located in Meeker County and lies 1,167 miles [1,878.1 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Acton that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Meeker County community of Acton.
    • Montana
      • Yellowstone County
      • This Acton is located in Yellowstone County and lies 1,841 miles [2,962.8 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Acton that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Yellowstone County community of Acton.
    • Nevada
      • Clark County
      • This community is historic<2> and although located in Clark County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clark County community of Acton.
    • New Brunswick
      • This Acton lies 315 miles [506.9 km]<1> to the northeast of the Acton that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton
    • New Jersey
      • Salem County
      • This Acton is located in Salem County and lies 288 miles [463.5 km]<1> to the southwest of the Acton that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Salem County community of Acton.
    • North Carolina
      • Buncombe County
      • This Acton is located in Buncombe County and lies 766 miles [1,232.8 km]<1> to the southwest of the Acton that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Buncombe County community of Acton.
    • North Dakota
      • Walsh County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the North Dakota community of Acton [Walsh County].
    • Ohio
      • Marion County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Ohio community of Acton [Marion County].
    • Ontario
      • This Acton lies 441 miles [709.7 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Acton that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton
    • South Carolina
      • Richland County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the South Carolina community of Acton [Richland County].
    • Tennessee
      • McNairy County
      • This Acton is located in McNairy County and lies 1,049 miles [1,688.2 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Acton that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the McNairy County community of Acton.
    • Texas
      • Hood County
      • This Acton is located in Hood County and lies 1,588 miles [2,555.6 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Acton that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hood County community of Acton.
    • Washington
      • Benton County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Washington community of Acton [Benton County].
  • Communities Beyond North America ...
    • Northern Ireland
      • Distance: 2,977 miles [4,791 km]<1> to the northeast
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton
    • England
      • - Shropshire
      • Distance: 3,142 miles [5,056.6 km]<1> to the northeast
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton
      • - London
      • Distance: 3,272 miles [5,265.8 km] to the northeast
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Acton

Curious and Interesting Names Near Acton ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Forge Village [Middlesex County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forge Village
    • Forge Village [Middlesex County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Acton
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forge Village
  • Graniteville [Middlesex County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Graniteville
    • Graniteville [Middlesex County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of Acton
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Graniteville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Graniteville
  • Harvard [Worcester County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harvard
    • Harvard [Worcester County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Acton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,618 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harvard
  • Harvard Station [Worcester County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harvard Station
    • Harvard Station [Worcester County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Acton
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harvard Station have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harvard Station
  • Continue List   (8 more) ...
    • Kelly Corner [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kelly Corner
      • Kelly Corner [Middlesex County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southwest of Acton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kelly Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kelly Corner
    • Lincoln [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lincoln
      • Lincoln [Middlesex County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Acton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,993 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lincoln have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lincoln
    • Littleton [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Littleton
      • Littleton [Middlesex County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Acton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,253 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Littleton have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Littleton
    • Littleton Common [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Littleton Common
      • Littleton Common [Middlesex County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Acton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Littleton Common
    • Pine Rest [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pine Rest
      • Pine Rest [Middlesex County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Acton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pine Rest have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pine Rest
    • Plain [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plain
      • Plain [Middlesex County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Acton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plain have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plain
    • Shaker Village [Worcester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shaker Village
      • Shaker Village [Worcester County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Acton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shaker Village have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shaker Village
    • Willows [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Willows
      • Willows [Middlesex County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Acton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Willows have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Willows

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Acton. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

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    • Abigail Adams     (Wife and First lady to the Presidency of John Adams (1797 - 1801))
      • Wife and First lady to the Presidency of John Adams (1797 - 1801). She was born in Weymouth (MA) on November 22, 1744 (a Sunday) and died in Quincy (MA) on October 28, 1818 (a Wednesday) at the age of 73.
      • Weymouth is located 30 miles [48.3 km] to the southeast of Acton.
      • Quincy is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast of Acton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Abigail Adams<5>
    • Edwin Adams     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Medford (MA) on February 3, 1834 (a Monday) and died in Philadelphia (PA) on October 28, 1877 (a Sunday) at the age of 43. He is buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery (Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania).
      • Medford is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the east of Acton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edwin Adams<5>
    • Hannah Adams     (Author)
      • Author. She was born in Medford (MA) on October 2, 1755 (a Thursday) and died in Brookline (MA) on December 15, 1831 (a Thursday) at the age of 76. She is buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts).
      • Medford is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the east of Acton.
      • Brookline is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast of Acton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Hannah Adams<5>
    • John Adams     (2nd President of the US (1797 - 1801))
      • Full name: John Edmund Adams
      • 2nd President of the US (1797 - 1801). He was born in Braintree (MA) on October 30, 1735 (a Sunday) and died in Quincy (MA) on July 4, 1826 (a Tueday) at the age of 90.
      • Braintree is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Acton.
      • Quincy is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast of Acton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Adams<5>
    • John Quincy Adams     (6th President of the US (1825 - 1829))
      • 6th President of the US (1825 - 1829). He was born in Braintree (MA) on July 11, 1767 (a Saturday) and died in Washington, DC on February 23, 1848 (a Wednesday) at the age of 80.
      • Braintree is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Acton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Quincy Adams<5>
    • William Taylor Adams     (Author)
      • Author. He was born in Medway (MA) on July 30, 1822 (a Tueday) and died in Dorchester (MA) on March 27, 1897 (a Saturday) at the age of 74. He is buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery (Suffolk County, Massachusetts).
      • Medway is located 23 miles [37 km] to the south of Acton.
      • Dorchester is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Acton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Taylor Adams<5>
    • Elizabeth Cary Agassiz     (Scientist)
      • Scientist. She was born in Boston (MA) on December 5, 1822 (a Thursday) and died in Arlington (MA) on June 27, 1907 (a Thursday) at the age of 84. She is buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts).
      • Boston is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southeast of Acton.
      • Arlington is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the east of Acton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elizabeth Cary Agassiz<5>
    • Louis Agassiz     (Scientist)
      • Scientist. He was born in Motier (Switzerland) on May 28, 1807 (a Thursday) and died in Cambridge (MA) on December 12, 1873 (a Friday) at the age of 66. He is buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts).
      • Cambridge is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast of Acton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Louis Agassiz<5>
    • Harry Agganis     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Lynn (MA) on April 20, 1929 (a Saturday) and died in Cambridge (MA) on June 27, 1955 (a Monday) at the age of 26.
      • Lynn is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Acton.
      • Cambridge is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast of Acton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Agganis<5>
    • Jack Albertson     (Actor, comedian, dancer, singer)
      • Full name: Harold Albertson
      • Actor, comedian, dancer, singer. He was born in Malden (MA) on June 16, 1907 (a Sunday) and died in Hollywood (CA) on November 25, 1981 (a Wednesday) at the age of 74. The body was cremated.
      • Malden is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Acton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jack Albertson<5>
    • Louisa May Alcott     (Author)
    • Thomas Bailey Aldrich     (Author, poet, editor)
    • Jane Alexander     (Oscar nominated actress, author, former director of the National Endowment of the Arts)
      • Born: Jane Quigley
      • Oscar nominated actress, author, former director of the National Endowment of the Arts. She was born in Boston (MA) on October 28, 1939 (a Saturday)
      • Boston is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southeast of Acton.

How Far From Acton to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Acton to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Acton and extending to:

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    • Cambridge, which is the Seat of Middlesex County and lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the east southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Acton to Cambridge, with an average speed<6> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
    • Boston, which is the State Capital of Massachusetts, lies 20 miles [32.2 km] to the east southeast (ESE). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just over a day.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 383 miles [616.4 km] to the southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of a day, a buggy would take 15 days and walking would take 22 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,515 miles [8,875.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,223 miles [10,014.9 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,099 miles [6,596.7 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<10>

Mentions & References for Acton

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About Middlesex County

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The official website for Acton: www.town.acton.ma.us/

The official website for State of Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Acton) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Acton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ActonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Acton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.4851, Longitude: -71.4328       In this case, the coordinates for Acton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Acton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<3>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Acton could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<6>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<7>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Acton to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 304.181 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 299.823 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 300.675 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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