Pawtucketville Neighborhood in Lowell

Pawtucketville is home to Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest.

The neighborhood of Pawtucketville was occupied long before the first Americans arrived and settled there. The area’s first inhabitants were the Pennacook Native American tribe, who named the area “Pawtucket,” meaning “place of loud noise,” in reference to the sound of the waterfalls of the Merrimack River.

Famous Lowell residents Edward Colburn and Samuel Varnum bought land in the area in the mid 1600s and became its first settlers. In 1844, Pawtucketville was home to Adrastus and Elizabeth Lew, whose house on Mt. Hope Street became a stop on the Underground Railroad for escaping slaves. Several years later in 1872, Pawtucketville was annexed to Lowell from the town of Dracut.

In the late 1880s, the population of Lowell drastically increased, and many families moved away from the center of the city. They were able to move more easily because of the extension of the rail system, which came to Pawtucketville in the 1890s. Similar to Lowell’s Centralville neighborhood, Pawtucket was home to many French-Canadian immigrants, and because of that, an area of Pawtucketville became known as “Little Canada.”

After Word War II, Pawtucketville’s location and ample land spurred many people to build homes in the neighborhood. To date, even with a large population in a small area, Pawtucketville continues to maintain a suburban feel. Currently there are many single family homes in Pawtucketville, and it is a nice place for new home buyers to relocate. Pawtucketville stretches to the preserved Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest, which provides great hiking and biking trails.

Lowell.com has a Lowell real estate guide for apartments for rent and homes for sale in the Pawtucketville neighborhood, as well as the Lowell.com Yellow Pages.

Pawtucketville Parks and Recreation:

  • Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest
  • Regatta Field
  • Pawtucketville Memorial
  • Lowell Heritage State Park
  • Wang Soccer Field
  • Campbell Park
  • Maguire Playground House