Worcester, MA

Worcester Historic Districts

Wikimedia Commons: Kenneth C. Zirkel

Worcester has a history as a major economic and manufacturing center in New England, and that can be glimpsed in some of the designated historic districts. We suggest creating your own route, combining some of the nice residential areas near downtown. There are two sections. Starting at Worcester Common, explore the nice residential streets west  toward Newton Hill (Elm St., William St.), do a tour of Newton Hill, and then head north toward Bancoft Tower/WPI. The streets in the Salisbury Street neighborhood are really nice for running – Massachusetts Ave., Regent St.  and so on. In addition to the residential streets, add on with our Beaver Brook Park/Elm Park route.

Another historic section is east of downtown, in the Union Hill/Vernon Hill/Franklin Plantation/Grafton Hill, located between I-290 and Lake St. There are some pleasant, tree-lined streets in this area, with some nice older homes. Use Plantation Rd./Grafton St./Massasoit Rd. as the anchors. There are several named historic districts around Union Hill and Vernon Hill. At the east end enjoy the running track at Gaskill Field, the trails at Broad Meadow Brook, and Crow Hill Conservation area.

Add-Ons: Our Beaver Brook Park/Elm Park route.


  • Create your own route
  • Worcester Common is a good starting point, depending on which area you want to explore
  • Downtown Wocester