A member of the Uxbridge High School class of 1990, Sheila McCrohan-Bernard, 45, knew she wanted to be a teacher, so you can imagine what a thrill it was when she returned to the halls she once walked to start her career in 1996. She’s been a fixture in the English department ever since.
“I was born and raised here and decided to raise my own family here,’’ McCrohan-Bernard said. “I like the values instilled in a small town, people looking out for each other, kind of knowing everyone, and feeling safe.’’ The population in the 2010 Census was 13,457.
It’s not surprising McCrohan-Bernard would want to return home. Uxbridge is a quiet, historically significant town in Worcester County that dates to the early days of the Commonwealth. It was first settled in 1662 and was incorporated in 1727. Nowadays, the Blackstone River Valley community mainly is home to commuters, with easy access to Providence and Worcester.
McCrohan-Bernard loves how small and close-knit the town is, even if that means some awkward scenarios as a teacher. Of course there are the obligatory run-ins at the supermarket or gas station, but the mother of four also has had to teach her own child. Her daughter, now a senior, was enrolled in honors English as a sophomore, and because of a scheduling conflict, had to take her mother’s class.
“It worked out fine; in such a small town it’s sometimes unavoidable,’’ McCrohan-Bernard said. “I’m also the student council adviser, and my children do that, too. The council is really involved in the community.’’
The number of acres that make up Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park. The park, which is just one stop in the larger John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, features numerous historical sites dating to the Industrial Revolution, including Stanley Woolen Mill and the Blackstone Canal, the latter of which makes for great scenery on the trail that runs alongside it.
The number of sports offered at Uxbridge High School
The year the “Uxbridge Blue’’Air Force formal uniform made its debut. The color (first known as “Uxbridge 1683’’) and cloth for the uniforms were first produced at Capron Mill and patented before being sold to the military.
The price for the steak tips at The Uxlocale. This swanky eatery focuses on locally sourced foods, a great beer selection, and live music.
Things to do
For a town its size, Uxbridge has a solid selection of eateries. In addition to the aforementioned Uxlocale, there’s The Burger Grille, Uxbridge House of Pizza, and Quaker Tavern, among other watering holes. The state park, as well as other historical sites means there’s plenty to do and great opportunities for walks in town. Neighboring Mendon features a famous drive-in movie theater and Southwick’s Zoo.
Property tax rate
While homes in Uxbridge are affordable, the 2017 property tax rate of $16.96 per $1,000 of valuation is higher than those in neighboring Douglas ($16.72), Northbridge ($13.53), and Millville ($16.11). However, the rate is lower than Mendon’s ($17.75). The tax rate for 2018 in Uxbridge is $17.17.
Jon Mael is a freelance writer based in Sharon. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. See more open house listings here and subscribe to our free newsletter at pages.email.bostonglobe.com/AddressSignUp.