Dracut incorporated in 1701, is governed by an open town meeting, a five member Board of Selectmen and a Town Manager. The Town is located in northeastern Middlesex County about 28 miles north of Boston. It is bordered on the north by Pelham, New Hampshire, on the east by Methuen, Massachusetts, on the south by Lowell and Tewksbury, Massachusetts and on the west by Tyngsborough, Massachusetts. The Town occupies a land area of 20.84 square miles.
It is a pleasant residential community utilizing the Community Preservation Act to preserve its agricultural, historical and open space heritage. Former mill buildings along Beaver Brook have undergone adaptive reuse as commercial and residential facilities. It offers a full range of housing from high end surrounding a golf course to deed restricted affordable units and much in between. The Dracut Housing Authority provides housing for eligible low income families and disabled persons.
The Town provides general governmental services for the territory within its boundaries including police and fire protection, disposal of garbage and recyclables, public education in grades K through 12, sewer services, streets, parks and recreation. Water services are provided by the Town and the Dracut Water Supply District, the latter an independent entity. The Greater Lowell Vocational School District accepts applications for vocational training for students in grades 9 through 12.
Dracut’s residents are well regarded for their volunteerism and their willingness to help both individuals and families in distress.
The Town is situated so as to provide ready access to the Lowell and Boston metropolitan areas to the south, the Atlantic seacoast to the east and the mountains and lakes of New England to the north. There is an abundance of recreational, healthcare and educational institutions all within an hour or less drive.