town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States

Upton (Massachusetts) is in Blackstone Valley.


Upton is a small town located in Worcester County in south central Massachusetts, 35 miles west of Boston and southeast of Worcester. The Town is 21.8 square miles in size, has approximately 7,540 residents. First settled in 1728, the town was incorporated in 1735. One of the town's more notable residents was Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin.

Get inEdit

Upton is accessible by Interstate 90, also known as the Mass Pike, which connects to the neighboring town of Grafton, and via Interstate 495, which connects to the neighboring town of Hopkinton (Massachusetts). Route 140, which runs from New Bedford northwest to Gardner, crosses through the town east to west.

Get aroundEdit

Upton is a small town and is best accessible by car.


  • Sweetwilliam Farm. a working farm preserving Upton’s agricultural history, retaining the characteristics of a farm from the mid 1700s. The land was once owned by the grandfather of Eli Whitney and the 18th century farmhouse was built by his cousin, a Revolutionary War veteran.
  • 1 Knowlton Hat Factory.    
  • Willard House and Clock Museum, 11 Willard St, North Grafton, +1 508 839-3500. Nearly 300-year-old farmhouse containing a collection of clocks made by the family who owned it.


  • 1 Upton State Forest (Visitor parking is available at the trail head at 205 Westboro Road.). The 2,660 acre forest offers hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling. Dotted with ruins of old structures. Trails are fairly developed so its an easy hike.    


  • 1 Grafton Country Store, 2 Grafton Common, Grafton, +1 508 839-4898. Small country store selling a wide variety of gifts (pottery, jewelry, art, etc.) There is also a small coffee shop inside brewing Red Barn Coffee Roasters.



  • 1 Post Office Pub, 1 Ray St, North Grafton, +1 508 839-6106. The main (possibly only) draw to the Post Office Pub is its selection of 28 draft beers. This is not actually a beer bar, since a lot of the options are things like Blue Moon or Sam Adams, but with so many options, you can easily find something good. Local breweries Wormtown and Wachusett are well represented.



Go nextEdit

Routes through Upton
Shrewsbury ← Jct N   S  N   S  MilfordFranklin

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