The wonderful material on this page was plagiarized from Ed Fields (with his permission) who is Webmaster for www.carlisle.org. That website will give you a lot more information about Carlisle. Please go there.
Carlisle still appears very much a country town. Fields and weathered barns mark the landscape in the center as well as the outskirts of town. There is much undeveloped land of a typically New England nature, from wetlands and cranberry bog to rocky pasture and woodlot. Carlisle's farming history and practice of setting aside large pieces of conservation land has made the town a major link in the green belt that lies within the industrial perimeter of Routes 95 (128) and 495. The character of the population has changed greatly since World War II. What was once a farming community is now a suburb of Boston and Lowell, with growing numbers of professional people from the academic, scientific and business communities choosing to settle here. Newcomers, however, have joined longtime residents in their preference for a rural rather than an urban way of life. Carlisle has chosen to grow slowly and idiosyncratically and to keep many of the values of its rural past.
Approximately 25% of the town is protected conservation land. The town owns about 730 acres, plus 151 acres of the Cranberry Bog which includes an operating cranberry bog. The state owns 914 acres and 230 acres are owned by the U.S. Department of the Interior. There are also private lands permanently preserved as open space. Carlisle's conservation land protects groundwater, wildlife, open space, farm, and forest land; and it provides a setting for outdoor recreation
In keeping with its rural atmosphere, Carlisle has few town services. There is no town water supply, nor is there any town sewage system. The visitor soon discovers that the only mail collection boxes are at the post office. The new householder may be surprised that no trash collection truck wheels to the door and a trip to the transfer station on Saturday is the social event of the week.
The Gleason Library building is located at 22 Bedford Road houses the library and once housed many of the town offices. The new Town Hall, dedicated in 1997, is located west of the center on the front part of the Conant land at 66 Westford Street. The Board of Health, Conservation Commission, Planning Board and Council on Aging offices are located in the Town Hall where most evening committee meetings are held.
The School Committee meets at the school, with parking in the lot off Church Street. A police station and a new fire station were build in the mid-1980's. Shortly thereafter the town completed its most recent addition to the school complex. Named for Abigail Corey, one of Carlisle's first teachers, the Corey Building houses the auditorium, gymnasium, music room and cafeteria and plays host to town meetings and elections.
Despite its growing pains and small town ways, Carlisle provides a nurturing environment for those people for whom "quality of life" caring for one another today and sharing concern for the future implies.
Quality of Life
The town maintains an incongruously good web page at www.carlisle.org. Cross-country ski trails are maintained in the winter (and lighted by lantern at night) and, during, the summer, bicycle time trials (a type of individual race) are held in the town center each Tuesday evening. Last week's police blotter in the Mosquito reported three minor vehicular accidents due to icy roads, a missing child reported at 7:24 a.m. - found at 7:26 a.m., and a front door left open on a cold morning. Of course serious incidents do occur - perhaps just a little less frequently.
Our neighbors include Concord and Lexington, birthplaces of the American Revolution, and, we are told, Paul Revere's ride was within 5 miles of our house. Around here, every tree that Paul or his steed may have used is a designated national landmark.