Carlisle separated from Concord in 1780 and was incorporated as its own town in 1805. Early industries in Carlisle included grist mills and saw mills, granite and copper mining, and the cranberry bog, which is still operational.
Today, Carlisle is still a country town with much undeveloped land. From wetlands and cranberry bogs to rocky pastures and woodlots, approximately 25% of land in Carlisle is protected conservation land. More than 2,000 acres are publicly owned and dedicated to the preservation of open space to protect wildlife and forest land, as well as to provide a setting for outdoor recreation. Cross-country ski trails are maintained and lit in the winter and bicycle time trials are held weekly in the summer.
Carlisle residents share a few amenities with their neighbors in Concord, such as the Estabrook Woods, Minuteman National Park and Great Meadow. Both towns also share the belief in faithfully preserving the natural surroundings with such programs as the Walden Woods Project. This particular project helps protect the famous retreat of author Henry David Thoreau and the Thoreau Institute, which is located in Walden Woods near the Pond.
Students of Carlisle attend the schools of the Carlisle Public Schools system, with students sharing Concord Carlisle Regional High School with their fellow students in neighboring Concord. Minuteman High School is the other local high school that students can attend. In terms of higher education, students have plenty of options in and around the city of Boston, such as Boston University, University of Massachusetts Boston, Roxbury Community College, Suffolk University, Northeastern University, Berklee College of Music, Massachusetts College of Art, and many others.
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