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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 Ayer, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Ayer 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 Ayer:
    • 42.561202, -71.589790
    • 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 Ayer
  • 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 Ayer ...

We have found three communities that share the name Ayer.

Within Massachusetts, the name Ayer is unique.

Beyond Massachusetts, we know of another three communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Colorado
      • Otero County
      • This Ayer is located in Otero County and lies 1,723 miles [2,772.9 km]<1> to the west of the Ayer that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ayer
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Otero County community of Ayer.
    • New York
      • Otsego County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the New York community of Ayer [Otsego County].
    • Washington
      • Walla Walla County
      • This Ayer is located in Walla Walla County and lies 2,282 miles [3,672.5 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Ayer that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ayer
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Walla Walla County community of Ayer.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ayer ...

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 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Ayer
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forge Village
  • Graniteville [Middlesex County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Graniteville
    • Graniteville [Middlesex County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Ayer
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Graniteville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> 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 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Ayer
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,618 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harvard have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harvard
  • Harvard Station [Worcester County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harvard Station
    • Harvard Station [Worcester County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of Ayer
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harvard Station have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harvard Station
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Littleton [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Littleton
      • Littleton [Middlesex County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Ayer
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,253 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Littleton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> 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 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Ayer
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Littleton Common
    • Paper Mill Village [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paper Mill Village
      • Paper Mill Village [Middlesex County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Ayer
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paper Mill Village have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paper Mill Village
    • Shaker Village [Worcester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shaker Village
      • Shaker Village [Worcester County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Ayer
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shaker Village have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shaker Village
    • Still River [Worcester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Still River
      • Still River [Worcester County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Ayer
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Still River have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Still River
    • Willows [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Willows
      • Willows [Middlesex County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the east of Ayer
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Willows have been provided by the GNIS.<3> 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 Ayer. 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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    • 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 26 miles [41.8 km] to the east of Ayer.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edwin Adams<4>
    • 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 26 miles [41.8 km] to the east of Ayer.
      • Brookline is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Ayer.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Hannah Adams<4>
    • 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 30 miles [48.3 km] to the southeast of Ayer.
      • Arlington is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast of Ayer.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elizabeth Cary Agassiz<4>
    • 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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast of Ayer.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Louis Agassiz<4>
    • 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 33 miles [53.1 km] to the east of Ayer.
      • Cambridge is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast of Ayer.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Agganis<4>
    • 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 28 miles [45.1 km] to the east of Ayer.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jack Albertson<4>
    • Horatio Alger, Jr.     (Author)
      • Author. He was born in Chelsea (MA) on January 13, 1832 (a Friday) and died in Natick (MA) on July 18, 1899 (a Tueday) at the age of 67. He is buried at Glenwood Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts).
      • Chelsea is located 30 miles [48.3 km] to the east of Ayer.
      • Natick is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Ayer.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Horatio Alger, Jr.<4>
    • Ezra Ames     (Artist)
      • Artist. He was born in Framingham (MA) on May 5, 1768 (a Thursday) and died in Albany (NY) on February 23, 1836 (a Tueday) at the age of 67. He is buried at Albany Rural Cemetery (Albany County, New York).
      • Framingham is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of Ayer.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ezra Ames<4>
    • Isabel Anderson     (Author)
      • Author. She was born in Boston (MA) on March 3, 1876 (a Friday) and died in Brookline (MA) on November 3, 1948 (a Wednesday) at the age of 72.
      • Boston is located 30 miles [48.3 km] to the southeast of Ayer.
      • Brookline is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Ayer.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Isabel Anderson<4>
    • Mary Carew Armstrong     (Olympic Gold Medalist)
      • Olympic Gold Medalist. She was born in Medford (MA) on September 18, 1913 (a Thursday) and died in Framingham (MA) on July 12, 2002 (a Friday) at the age of 88.
      • Medford is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the east of Ayer.
      • Framingham is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of Ayer.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Carew Armstrong<4>
    • Jacques Aubuchon     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Fitchburg (MA) on October 30, 1924 (a Thursday) and died in Los Angeles (CA) on December 28, 1991 (a Saturday) at the age of 67.
      • Fitchburg is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the west of Ayer.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jacques Aubuchon<4>
    • Richard Bakalyan     (Actor)
    • George Baker     (Cartoonist)

How Far From Ayer 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 Ayer to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Cambridge, which is the Seat of Middlesex County and lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the east southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Ayer to Cambridge, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
    • Boston, which is the State Capital of Massachusetts, lies 30 miles [48.3 km] to the east southeast (ESE). The buggy would take just over a day and walking would take most of two days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 380 miles [611.6 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<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,518 miles [8,880.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,227 miles [10,021.4 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,103 miles [6,603.1 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Middlesex County

About Massachusetts

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Ayer: www.ayer.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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ayer) 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 Ayer. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AyerOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ayer. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.5612, Longitude: -71.5898       In this case, the coordinates for Ayer have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Ayer 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.
<3>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.
<4>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.
<5>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.
<6>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 Ayer to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 304.264 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 299.929 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 300.708 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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