Carlisle was first settled in 1650, and twice became a district, first in 1754 and then again in 1780, just after the American Revolution, before incorporation as a town in 1805. Carlisle today is a community of over 5,200 residents. Carlisle’s unique features include its rural appearance and strong community spirit.
Carlisle also boasts a public library, a local county store, and a local newspaper. The Carlisle Mosquito is a weekly independent newspaper that has been published since 1972. It’s proud to cover local news and keep residents updated on community events.
Carlisle is a town with a strong community focus and an emphasis on engaging children, particularly in the beautiful local landscape. The town hosts Boy and Girl Scoot Troops, a Cub Scouts troop, a chess club, and a number of youth sports teams including soccer, football, hockey, baseball/softball, and cheerleading.
Although there are no industrial parks, no apartment complexes, no condominiums, no traffic lights, and no shopping plazas, Carlisle is still within 40 minutes of Boston, and is convenient to four major shopping areas. Approximately 25% of the town is protected conservation land.