What is it like to live in Dracut?

Location, Location, Location
Inside Parker Memorial Library.
Inside Parker Memorial Library. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

When “Farmer Dave’’ needs specific work done on his farm, he often finds someone from the trades right around the corner.

“Electricians, plumbers, contractors — Dracut is really full of small business,’’ said Dave Dumaresq, who grew up in the community and now operates Farmer Dave’s there. There’s not a lot of commercial business in this community of about 30,000, he noted, but it’s full of commerce nonetheless.

Dumaresq spent an idyllic childhood wandering the woods and fields of Dracut, raised with two older brothers by a mom and dad who grew up in Lowell and Lawrence, respectively.

“The house my parents bought had an old orchard with, like, 30 pear trees,’’ he said. “We were always growing things.’’

After graduating from college and serving in the Peace Corps in Ecuador, he returned to Dracut and leased Brox Farm, where he had worked as a teenager. That led to other sites, including the purchase of a family farm that is now the central location of Dumaresq’s CSA.

“There’s definitely a sense of community here and also a quietness,’’ said Dumaresq, who has recently expanded his farm’s educational program for local schoolchildren. “You don’t get the sense of hustle and bustle. When you’re in my fields, surrounded by trees, people are like, ‘Gosh, you’d think you were in Vermont someplace.’ ’’


4 + 1

The number of yards of duffel cloth and pounds of tobacco, respectively, paid in October 1665 to the daughter of the Pennacook sachem for the tracts of land that would later become Chelmsford and Dracut. The buyer, Captain John Evered, had roots in Draycot Cerne, a village in Wiltshire, England, according to the Town of Dracut’s website.


The number of players who took the court for the Pawtucketville Athletic Club in a New England Basketball League game in Marlborough in 1902 when the coach refused to play Dracut native Harry “Bucky’’ Lew, professional basketball’s first African-American athlete. “After a few injuries to his team, the manager chose to play four on five instead of inserting Lew into the game,’’ reported. “But the fans got real mad and almost started a riot, screaming to let me play. That did it,’’ Lew told sportswriter Gerry Finn of the Springfield Union in 1958. Lew was a player and manager for more than 20 years.

$26 million

The estimated cost of a health care facility proposed for the town. The center, initially slated to be built in Lowell, will reportedly bring more than 200 jobs to Dracut, the Lowell Sun has reported.



The sense of community

From youth sports and town parks to fund-raisers and several places of worship, Dracut offers plenty of ways to interact with your neighbors. “There’s a very strong communal sense,’’ said Dave Dumaresq, who runs the Farmer Dave’s CSA in town. “You don’t feel that diminishing as much as I would argue it has been elsewhere.’’


Not enough gas stations

For a relatively big town — about 21 square miles — there are surprisingly few gas stations, Dumaresq said. “We don’t have all those strip malls,’’ he said. “You might have to drive 3 miles to get gas, which in Eastern Massachusetts is kind of a long distance.’’

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