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Stow is one of many small, colonial towns in the Greater Boston area. Settlers first came to this region in the mid-17th century, and once Stow had its own preacher and church, it was officially incorporated as a town in 1683. Today the town still retains its colonial character, although few structures remain that date back any earlier than the 19th century. Stow is heavily forested in many areas, with rambling brooks, a lake with public beach, walking trails, and an old-fashioned town center, as well as a modern shopping area in the east side of town.
Stow has a population of almost 6,000 people, mostly middle class professionals. The town is known for its two priciple local industries, apples and golf courses. The small town contains four golf courses, all in woodsy, natural settings. The town also contains many apple orchards, as well as small flower and produce stands, which attracts large numbers of Boston tourists during the weekends in summer and autumn.