About Worcester, Massachusetts
Worcester is located in central Massachusetts, and is named after the city of Worcester in England, United Kingdom. It has a population of 181,045 being the second largest city in New England. Only 40 miles west of Boston, and 38 miles east of Springfield, Worcester’s nickname is the “Heart of Commonwealth,” and the symbol of the city is a heart. The city is known for the Valentine’s Day cards that were first created there.
Places to Visit
Worcester. MA is a very pleasant city to visit with parks and 19th century historical buildings. It’s major parks are featured in the National Register of Historic Places and are the City Common and Elm Park a, laid out in 1660 and 1854 respectively. The city’s largest park is the Green Hill Park that occupies 550 acres. It was named after the Green family that donated it to the city in 1903. Buildings worth visiting are Crompton Loom Works, Ashworth and Jones Factory and Worcester Corset Company Factory all listed in the National Register of Historic Places. New England’s second largest art museum is located in Worcester and it’s the Worcester Art Museum first opened in 1898. Among others, it is home to a collection of arms and armory.
Two big churches in Worcester are the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Worcester and Worcester’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral, St. Spyridon founded in 1841 and 1924 respectively. There is a large Jewish community too that attend five synagogues spread throughout the city. The first Catholics in Worcester where Irish immigrants, years after their arrival and when the number of Catholics had increased, they petitioned Bishop Fenwick to appoint a priest. In 1983 the fist priest visited Worcester. One year after that, the first Catholic church was built. Worcester was the home of the first Armenian Church in the United States in 1891.
Similar to Bridgeport, CT, because of the cultural diversity of it’s population, Worcester has many different traditional neighborhoods that are home to groups of different ethnicity. Some examples are the Quinsigamond Village with a significant amount of Swedish and Irish immigrants, the Shrewsbury Street inhabited by Italian immigrants is full of good restaurants, Kelley Square home to Polish and Irish Immigrants, Vernon Hill with Lithuanian influences and Union Hill with a significant Jewish local population. The famous Canal District, once home to Eastern European immigrants is now a place full of bars, restaurants and clubs.