Hammond Heights is a neighborhood in Worcester, Massachusetts that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. This subdivision is named after John Hammond, whose farmland the neighborhood was originally developed on beginning in the 1880s. Many of the homes in this area were built in the late 1800s, making them over one hundred years old!
The houses in Hammond Heights are mostly large Colonials with 4 or more bedrooms and multiple bathrooms. The homes in this area are mainly located along side streets off of Highland Street, Institute Road, Beechmont Street, Salisbury Street, and Massachusetts Road, all of which are near Bancroft Tower. Bancroft Tower is a large, stone structure resembling a castle that stands over 50 feet tall in memory of George Bancroft, former Secretary of the Navy who was born in Worcester.
Hammond Heights is situated near many local parks including Newton Hill, Beaver Brook Park, and Institute Park, which rests directly across the street from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The Worcester Art Museum, which features nine unique art collections and a library, can be found along Salisbury Street less than a mile east of this area. Those who enjoy fishing can make a quick drive over to Indian Lake or Lake Quinsigamond, both of which are within five miles of this neighborhood.
Hammond Heights is also located near of the area’s most popular shopping centers in both Worcester, Shrewsbury, and Auburn, Massachusetts. Worcester’s Greendale Mall, site of over twenty-five restaurants and stores, is just two miles away. White City Shopping Center, which features over thirty-five shops and eateries, is about a ten minute drive to the east. In Auburn, you’ll find the Auburn Plaza Shopping Center and Auburn Mall, both which are about seven miles south of this neighborhood.
Those needing to commute to work or travel throughout the state can take advantage of the many state routes, highways, and interstates near Hammond Heights. Route 9, Route 12, Route 122, as well as Interstate 190, Interstate 290, and Interstate 495 are all nearby. Those looking to spend some time in Boston can make a quick ten minute drive south to the Mass Pike, which will bring you to Boston in about an hour.