About the City

Gardner, established in 1785, incorporated as a City in 1923, is home to 20,228 people (2010 Census). The City is governed by a Mayor and City Council. Gardner lies 30 miles northwest of Worcester and 60 miles northwest of Boston.

The Diamond of North Central Massachusetts



Gardner is home to Dunn State Park, Gardner Heritage State Park, Lake Wampanoag Wildlife Sanctuary, Gardner Municipal Golf Course and Mount Wachusett Community College. We are a four season destination long known for our abundance of outdoor activities. Visit any time of the year and enjoy the fruits that every season has to offer in this scenic and dynamic City. From business listings of local attractions, restaurants, breweries and lodgings to a calendar of events, you can find something for everyone in the family here.

Our central location makes Gardner Massachusetts a perfect destination for your weekend travel needs, from hiking trails, bike trails, swimming, fishing, picnicking, public programs, play parks, historical museum and a state of the art library to incredible craft brewery and restaurant industry we have something for everyone. There are virtually unlimited options for outdoor recreation, entertainment and events in and around Gardner.

Dynamic City

Gardner is a dynamic City with so much to offer those who live in, work in, and visit our City. We have a proud history of furniture manufacturing. The City achieved international recognition as a major center for chair fabrication to the point that it became known as the "chair city of the world", a testament to this is a 20 foot tall chair sitting in front of the Helen Mae Sauter School.

Fine Furniture

Gardner is home to numerous fine furniture outlets and is often called the "Furniture Capital of New England". Manufacturing is still a significant part of our local economy, but now it is diversified rather than concentrated in chair and furniture manufacturing. Gardner is also proud to say that within her 23 square miles one can find Mount Wachusett Community College, Heywood Hospital, many unique shops and wide array of recreational opportunities including an outstanding municipal golf course and the southern terminus of the North Central Pathway which will soon offer bikers and walkers a link to downtown Winchendon.

Welcome and enjoy the many attributes the City of Gardner has to offer.