Quality of Life

Location & Establishment

As one of twenty-four communities that comprise the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, a federal national park, Douglas is not only a great place to locate a business, but also to live. Douglas has a long and proud history. Hiram Walker was born here, and went on to make his fortune in the whiskey trade. The axe blades once manufactured in Douglas won prizes at international competitions around the world.


The historic downtown runs along the Mumford River, and is home to the E.N. Jenckes Store Museum that offers visitors a picture of a 19th- century general store. Douglas is also home to a popular State forest that borders Connecticut and Rhode Island. Four-season outdoor recreational opportunities include water slides, access to interstate trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, skiing, snow-mobiling, as well as fishing and hunting.


Douglas offers a quality of life and reasonable housing prices that are hard to beat, which is why it is one of the fastest growing communities in Massachusetts.