Woburn is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. The population was 37,258 at the 2000 census. Woburn is located 11 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts, and just south of the intersection of I-93 and I-95.
Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, FRS (March 26, 1753 – August 21, 1814) was an Anglo-American physicist and inventor whose challenges to established physical theory were part of the 19th century revolution in thermodynamics. He also served as a Colonel in the Loyalist forces in America during the American Revolutionary War, and in 1784 received a knighthood from King George III. A prolific designer, he also drew designs for warships.
Benjamin Thompson House, also known as the Count Rumford Birthplace, located at 90 Elm Street, in the North Woburn area of Woburn, Massachusetts, is the birthplace of scientist and inventor Benjamin Thompson (1753-1814), who became Count Rumford of the Holy Roman Empire as well as Sir Benjamin Thompson of the United Kingdom. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975.
The 1790 House, also called the Joseph Bartlett House or the Bartlett-Wheeler House, is a historic house located at 827 Main Street, Woburn, Massachusetts, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is close to the Baldwin House, with the Middlesex Canal running between them. The 1790 House, originally on Main Street, has been moved closer to the canal to make room for a hotel. It now faces more south than its original facing of southwest.
Woburn Memorial High School is a public high school located in Woburn, Massachusetts. Woburn High is home to the Tanners and Tannerettes. The nickname "Tanners" has a historical context. In the late 1800s Woburn was one of the biggest producers of leather in the New England area. The shops that produced leather were called tanneries, hence the nickname Tanners.
The Woburn Public Library is often mistakenly called the Winn Memorial Library. The building was designed as a public library by American architect H. H. Richardson. It is located at 45 Pleasant Street, Woburn, Massachusetts, and is now a National Historic Landmark. The Winn family specifically requested that the library not be named after them despite their generosity paying for constructing the library, and the library is properly called the "Woburn Public Library.
Deacon Edward Convers (1587 - 1663) was an early Puritan settler in the Massachusetts Bay Colony who founded Woburn and helped establish Charlestown. He was also a wealthy landowner in the colony. Convers was born February 23, 1587, in Navestock, England. After his first wife died, he married Sarah Smith in 1617. He and his family arrived in Salem, Massachusetts, with the Winthrop Fleet on June 12, 1630, in the early stages of the Great Migration.