Area: 6.3 sq miles (16.32 km²)
Population: 20,810 (2000)
Eight miles north of downtown Boston
Winchester has two "Zone 1" stops on the MBTA Commuter Rail Lowell Line: Wedgemere and Winchester Center.
The land on which Winchester now sits was purchased from Native Americans by representatives of the settlement of Charlestown in 1639, and the area was first settled in 1640. In the early years of the settlement, the area was known informally as Waterfield, a reference to its many ponds and to the river which bisected the central village.Places to visit while in Winchester: John Mason House, and the Borggaard Beach and Splash Park, a recreational and water attraction.
And every year, as for over a century, thousands of fans attend the annual Thanksgiving Day football contest between Winchester High School and its long-time traditional rival, Woburn. Another important event is the EnKa festival in May, The EnKa Society, a revived high school society, continues to raise money for community groups and activities through its annual street fair and carnival.
Joe Bellino, Heisman Trophy winning football player at the United States Naval Academy.
Robert A. Brown, President of Boston University.
Brad Whitford of Aerosmith.
Samuel W. McCall, ten-time United States congressman and three-time Governor of Massachusetts. Edward Everett, President of Harvard University, Governor of Massachusetts, and Ambassador to Britain.