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If you know the origin of a Burlington street name, your wisdom is appreciated. Some are obvious topographical references and aren’t worth pursuing (Rocky Hill etc.) And some have obvious historical roots (Winn). It’s the myriad other names that need clarification (Winona, Van Norden etc.). Please email the information to


Ainsworth St

Ainsworth Street, Burlington MA

Alcine Ln

Alcine Lane, Burlington MA

Algonquin Dr

Algonquin Drive, Burlington MA

Allison Dr

Allison Drive, Burlington MA

Alma Rd — Alma Bird, president of the town’s American Legion Auxiliary organization in the 1950s and 60s. Her husband was Benjamin Bird. This was one the first streets built with an organized house numbering system that we take for granted now. The first nine fully-numbered streets: Florence Road, Crawford Road, Sylvester Road, Frances Road, Foster Road, Bradford Road, Luther Road, Alma Road and Sunset Drive.

Alma Road, Burlington MA

Amherst Rd — Part of a college-themed neighborhood including Dartmouth, Princeton and University.

Amherst Rd. Burlington MA

Angela Cir — Angela Ruping, daughter of developer Hubert Ruping and current Locust Street resident.

Angela Circle, Burlington MA

Anna Rd

Anna Road, Burlington MA

Arbor Court

Arbor Court, Burlington MA

Arboretum Way

Arboretum Way, Burlington MA

Arborwood Dr

Arborwood Drive, Burlington MA

Ardmore Ave — Became a public way in 1940.

Ardmore Ave Burlington MA

Arlington Rd — The entire high school driveway was Arlington Road before the high school existed. Turning back the clock even more, it was actually a section of Cambridge Street. But that section was too curvy, so the state highway department created the straighter section we know today, leaving Arlington Road as a separate roadway. In sum, it’s called Arlington Road because it was once a section of the main road to Arlington (and Cambridge).

Arlington Road, Burlington MA

Arnold Ter

Arnold Terrace, Burlington MA

Arthur Woods Ave

Arthur Woods Ave. Burlington MA

Austin St

Austin St. Burlington MA

Azalea Dr

Azalea Dr. Burlington MA


Barbara Cir — Daughter of builder Joe Roberto.

Barbara Circle, Burlington MA

Barnum Rd — David Barnum owned a mill building on Mill Street not far from the current Barnum Road, just a short walk behind Fox Hill Elementary School.

Barnum Rd. Burlington MA

Baron Park Ln

Baron Park Lane, Burlington MA

Bassett Ave — James N. and Dorothy E. Bassett owned property in the area before Route 128 arrived.

Bassett Ave. Burlington MA

Bates St

Bates St. Burlington MA

Baxter Cir

Baxter Circle Burlington MA

Beacon St — Was originally a driveway to Crawford Farm (now Beacon Village) and ended there. More here.

Beacon Street, Burlington MA

Beaverbrook Rd

Beaverbrook Road, Burlington MA

Bedford St

Bedford St. Burlington MA

Belmont Rd — Frank and Joanne Riccardi at 5 Belmont Rd. were the first homeowners on the street. They hailed from Belmont, MA.

Belmont Rd. Burlington MA

Bennett Ln — The Bennett family traces back to the first days of Burlington and claimed big chunks of town, including Bennett Hill (Center Street). Alas, the name survives only in the form of this tiny road.

Bannett Lane, Burlington MA

Benson Way — Arthur E. Benson, the property owner until his death in 1998.

Benson Way, Burlington MABenson Way, Burlington MA

Bethel Ln

Bethel Ln Burlington MA

Birch St

Birch St. Burlington MA

Birchcrest St

Birchcrest St. Burlington MA

Blackhorse Ln

Blackhorse Ln, Burlington MA

Blanchard Rd — David Blanchard built a house there for his bride, but the marriage never happened. Before 1900, this was informally known as Babylon Road.

Blanchard Rd. Burlington MA

Blueberry Ln

Blueberry Lane, Burlington MA

Boulder Dr

Boulder Drive, Burlington MA

Bradford Rd — This was one the first streets built with an organized house numbering system that we take for granted now. The first nine fully-numbered streets: Florence Road, Crawford Road, Sylvester Road, Frances Road, Foster Road, Bradford Road, Luther Road, Alma Road and Sunset Drive.

Bradford Rd, Burlington MA

Brantwood Ln

Brantwood Lane Burlington MA

Brenda Ln 

Brenda Ln Burlington MA

Briarwood Ln

Briarwood Lane, Burlington MA

Bristol St

Bristol St. Burlington MA

Brookfield Rd 

Brookfield Rd. Burlington MA

Brookside Ln

Brookside Ln. Burlington MA

Brown Ave — Roger and Melissa Brown of Lexington Street. Their driveway is now Brown Ave. and their (renovated) house is now 3 Brown Ave.

Brown Ave. Burlington MA

Bruce St

Bruce St. Burlington MABruce St. Burlington MA

Buckman Dr

Buckman Dr. Burlington MA

Burlington Mall Rd — Opened November, 1968 as a single-purpose shortcut from Cambridge St. to the three-month-old Burlington Mall.

Burlington Mall Rd. Burlington MA

Burlington St

Burlington St. Burlington MA

Burton Rd — Burton Blake, who built 5 and 9 Peach Orchard Road and lived in both houses at different times. He drew up the plans for Burton Road, and his brothers built the houses.

Burton Rd. Burlington MA

Butters Ln — James Butters lived nearby in a large house at the corner of Cambridge Street and what is now Terry Ave.

Butters Ln. Burlington MA



Cambridge St — Road to Cambridge. Older residents still call it State Road or even the “state highway.” It was indeed considered the highway before Route 128 arrived in the early 1950s.

Cambridge St. Burlington MA

Carey Ave

Carey Ave. Burlington MA

Carlton Ave

Carlton Ave. Burlington MA

Carol Ave — Carol Murray, part of the Murray family of developers.

Carol Ave. Burlington MA

Caroline St

Caroline St. Burlington MA

Carter Rd — James, Jonas, Joshua, Samuel and William Carter were among the first residents of Burlington when it incorporated in 1799. The area was originally known as Carter Row. Another Carter, Benjamin, owned a house near the other end of Wilmington Road. He sold it to the Busteads, who used it as home base for their dairy business. More here.

Carter Rd. Burlington MA

Cathy Rd

Cathy Rd. Burlington MA

Cedar St

Cedar St. Burlington MA

Cedarwood Ln

Cedarwood Ln. Burlington MA

Center St

Center St. Burlington MA

Central Ave

Central Ave. Burlington MA

Chadwick Rd

Chadwick Rd. Burlington MA

Chandler Rd — Clyde Roy Chandler and Doris (Perkins) Chandler raised a family in what is now 7 Ellery Lane, when Ellery Lane was merely their unpaved driveway from Chandler Rd. Three Chandler family members were Burlington school teachers in the late 1920s: Madeline, Marguerite and Madeline. The family sold to J. Ellery French. The French family later subdivided the area into today’s Ellery Lane and RedCoat Lane.

Chandler Rd. Burlington MA

Cheryl Ave — Part of a neighborhood originally dubbed “Sherwood Forest” by its developer. A nearby road is named Robin Hood Lane.

Cheryl Ave. Burlington MA

Chestnut Ave

Chestnut Ave. Burlington MA

Chestnut Rd

Chestnut Rd. Burlington MA

Church Ln — Leads to the United Church of Christ near Simonds Park. That church represented a split from a larger Woburn parish and marked the beginning of Burlington itself.

Church Ln. Burlington MA

Cierra Way

Cierra Way Burlington MA

Clifford Rd

Clifford Rd. Burlington MA

Clonmel Ave

Clomnel Ave. Burlington MA

Colburn St

Colburn St. Burlington MA

Colleen Cir

Colleen Circle, Burlington MA

College Rd

College Rd. Burlington MA

Cook Rd

Cook Rd. Burlington MA

Corbett Dr — Builder and firefighter Tom Corbett.

Corbett Drive. Burlington MA

Corcoran Rd — Francis A. Corcoran, homebuilder. He built homes on Garrity Road and Crowley Road also.

Corcoran Rd. Burlington MA

Cormier Rd — Aurele Cormier, developer.

Cormier Rd. Burlington MA

County Rd

County Rd. Burlington MA

Cranberry Ln — Borders the Vine Brook wetlands, which used to be a cranberry bog.

Cranberry Lane Burlington MA

Crawford Rd — Before Route 128 arrived, Crawford Farm stretched from what is now Beacon Village to the area of Winnmere containing Crawford Rd. More here. This was one the first streets built with an organized house numbering system that we take for granted now. The first nine fully-numbered streets: Florence Road, Crawford Road, Sylvester Road, Frances Road, Foster Road, Bradford Road, Luther Road, Alma Road and Sunset Drive.

Crawford Rd. Burlington MA

Crescent Rd

Crawford Rd. Burlington MA

Cresthaven Dr

Cresthaven Drive Burlington MA

Creston Ave

Creston Ave. Burlington MA

Crowley Road — Margaret Theresa Crowley Corcoran, wife of builder Francis A. Corcoran, who built many homes on Corcoran, Garrity and Crowley.

Crowley Rd. Burlington MA

Crystal Cir

Crystal Circle Burlington MA

Cutting Ln

Cutting Lane, Burlington MA



Dale St

Dale St. Burlington MA

Daniel Dr — Son of developer Jon Graham, a prolific builder along the Middlesex Turnpike area.

Daniel Drive, Burlington MA

Dartmouth Rd — Part of a college-themed neighborhood including Amherst, Princeton and University.

Dartmouth Rd. Burlington MA

Davida Rd — Daughter of Burlington developer Jack Moss.

Davida Road (Nelson Rd.) Burlington MA

Dearborn Rd — Charles Dearborn, an active figure in town, lived near the common, just downhill from the fire station.

Dearborn Rd. Burlington MA

Demone Dr — Developed by the Demone brothers (concrete forms business).

Demone Dr. Burlington MA

Dennis Dr

Dennis Drive, Burlington MA

Derryfield Ave

Derryfield Ave. Burlington MA

Dolores Dr

Dolores Ave. Burlington MA

Donald Rd

Donald Rd. Burlington MA

Donna Ln

Donna Lane, Burlington MA

Doris St

Doris St. Burlington MA

Dorothy Rd

Dorothy Rd. Burlington MA

Douglas Ave

Douglas Ave. Burlington MA

Dover Dr

Dover Drive, Burlington MA

Drake Rd

Drake Rd. Burlington MA

Druid Hill Ave

Druid Hill Ave. Burlington MA

Dublin Cir

Dublin Circle Burlington MA

Duncan Rd

Duncan Rd. Burlington MA

Dunlap St

Dunlap St. Burlington MA


Eastern Ave

Eastern Ave. Burlington MA

Edgemere Ave

Edgemere Ave. Burlington MA

Edgemont Ave

Edgemont Ave. Burlington MA

Edsel Dr

Edsel Drive, Burlington MA

Edwards Rd — Edward Terrio, son of Paul Terrio, who owned Burlington Motor Mart and lived in the house that is now the VFW Post, when the house was located on Cambridge Street.

Edwards Road, Burlington MA

Eisenhower Dr

Eisenhower Dr. Burlington MA

Elizabeth Ave

Elizabeth Ave. Burlington MA

Ellen Rd

Ellen Rd. Burlington MA

Ellery Ln — J. Ellery French, 7 Ellery Lane, a journeyman printer with his own shop near the house. The house is still there.

Ellery Lane Burlingon MA

Elm Ave

Elm Ave. Burlington MA

Erin Lane

Erin Lane, Burlington MA

Eugene Rd

Eugene Rd. Burlington MA

Evelyn St

Evelyn St. Burlington MA

Evergreen Ave

Evergreen Ave. Burlington MA


Fairfax St — Became a public way in 1940.

Fairfax St. Burlington MA

Fairlawn Ave

Fairlawn Ave. Burlington MA

Fantasia Lane

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Farms Dr 

Farms Drive Burlington MA

Fernglade Rd

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Fieldstone Dr

Fieldstone Drive Burlington MA

Florence Rd — Florence Sylvester, daughter of Antonio Sylvester, who had a gas station at the corner of Winn Street and Mountain Road. Frances Road is named after her sister. This was one the first streets built with an organized house numbering system that we take for granted now. The first nine fully-numbered streets: Florence Road, Crawford Road, Sylvester Road, Frances Road, Foster Road, Bradford Road, Luther Road, Alma Road and Sunset Drive.

Florence Rd. Burlington MA

Forbes Ave — Douglas P. Forbes, civil engineer and planning board member in the late 1950s. His company was Northeastern Engineering Associates.

Forbes Ave. Burlington MA

Forest Rd

Forest Rd. Burlington MAForest Rd. Burlington MA

Foster Rd — This was one the first streets built with an organized house numbering system that we take for granted now. The first nine fully-numbered streets: Florence Road, Crawford Road, Sylvester Road, Frances Road, Foster Road, Bradford Road, Luther Road, Alma Road and Sunset Drive.

Foster Rd. Burlington MA

Four Acre Dr

Four Acre Drive Burlington MA

Fowler Ter

Fowler Terrace Burlington MA

Fox Hill Rd

Fox Hill Rd. Burlington MA

Frances Rd — Frances Sylvester, daughter of Antonio Sylvester, who owned a gas station at the corner of Mountain Road and Winn Street. The family is also the namesake of Sylvester Road and Florence Road. This was one the first streets built with an organized house numbering system that we take for granted now. The first nine fully-numbered streets: Florence Road, Crawford Road, Sylvester Road, Frances Road, Foster Road, Bradford Road, Luther Road, Alma Road and Sunset Drive.

Frances Rd. Burlington MA

Francis Wyman Rd — John and Francis Wyman were brothers whose land grant covered a thousand acres and extended into Billerica. This back in the 1600s, when the name Burlington didn’t exist. It was merely the Shawshin area of Woburn, and Woburn was merely one section of Charlestown Village.

Francis Wyman Rd. Burlington MA

Fred St — Fred Graham, part of the Graham family that farmed the area before it became residential.

Fred St. Burlington MA

Freeport Dr

Freeport Drive Burlington MA

Frothingham Rd — Nathaniel Frothingham, a prominent Boston minister, lived on the other side of Lexington Street in the mansion that is now 3 Theresa Ave. More here.

Frothingham Rd. Burlington MA


Ganley Dr — Bertha Ganley, matriarch of the Ganley family. More here.

Ganley Drive Burlington MA

Gardner Way — Alfred and Mary Gardner, farmers. The area became Pine Glen Elementary School and the surrounding subdivisions including Cutting Lane.

Gardner Way Burlington MA

Garrity Rd — Bridgett Delia Garrity Corcoran, mother of builder Francis A. Corcoran, who was responsible for many homes on Garrity, Corcoran and Crowley.

Garrity Rd. Burlington MA

Gayland St

Gayland St Burlington MA

Gedick Rd — Paul Donald Gedick and family, who settled in the area. He founded Gedick Brothers Plumbing and Heating, which is now run by his sons, Don and Paul.

Gedick Rd. Burlington MA

Georgia Dr

Georgia Drive, Burlington MA

Gibson St

Gibson St. Burlington MA

Gidley St

Gidley St. Burlington MA

Given Dr — Bob Given, a Wyman Street farmer in the early 1900s. His son Ron runs Burlington Landscaping at 21 Wyman Street. Late 1940s neighborhood aerial shot here.

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Gleason Rd

Gleason Rd. Burlington MA

Glen Ave

Glen Ave. Burlington MA

Glendale Rd

Glendale Rd. Burlington MA

Glenwood St

Glenwood St. Burlington MAGlenwood St. Burlington MA

Gloria Cir

Gloria Circle Burlington MA

Goodwin Dr

Goodwin Drive, Burlington MA

Grandview Ave

Grandview Ave. Burlington MA

Great Meadow Rd — The home to three imposing communication towers once used by ULAW (Lowell) and now WRKO (Boston). Part of this wetland was a cranberry bog before 1900.

Meadow Rd. Burlington MA

Great Pines Ave

Great Pines Ave. Burlington MA

Greenleaf Way

Greenleaf Way, Burlington MA

Greenwood Rd

Greenwood Rd. Burlington MA

Greystone Ct

Greystone Ct. Burlington MA

Grove Ln

Grove Lane, Burlington MA

Guild Rd

Guild Rd. Burlington MA


Hallmark Gardens

Hallmark Gardens Burlington MA

Hampden Ave

Hampden Ave. Burlington MA

Hancock St

Hancock St. Burlington MA

Hannah Way

Hannah Way Burlington MA

Hansen Ave

Hansen Ave. Burlington MA

Harriett Ave

Harriett Ave. Burlington MA

Harris Dr

Harris Drive Burlington MA

Hart St

Hart St. Burlington MAHart St. Burlington MA

Harvard Ave — Named after Harvard University because the developer, local attorney Jack Moss, was educated there. Across Wilmington Road, he named Moss Street after himself and Jonathan Road after his son.

Harvard Ave. Burlington MA

Haven Terr — A small street, but a big name. The junction of Francis Wyman Road and Bedford Street was the nucleus of a busy area called Havenville. In the early 1800s it had a shoe shop called Pancake of Shoddy Shop, run by Charles Haven. A century later, Jonas Clark Haven had a store there, one of only two stores in the entire town at the turn of the 20th century. The other was on Center Street.

Haven Terrace Burlington MA

Hearthstone Dr

Hearthstone Terrace Burlington MA

Heather Dr

Heather Drive, Burlington MA

Hemlock Ln

Hemlock Ln. Burlington MA

Heritage Way — Used to be part of Ray Avenue until it was dead-ended near the Ice Palace to prevent shortcuts to Burlington Street. Neighbors chose the new name due to the American bicentennial spirit at the time.

Heritage Way, Burlington MA

Hershey Rd

Hershey Rd. Burlington MA

Hickory Ln

Hickory Ln. Burlington MA

Hidden Valley Dr

Hidden Valley Drive Burlington MA

High Pine Ave

HIgh Pine Ave. Burlington MA

Highland Way

Highland Way, Burlington MA

Hill Cir

Hill Circle Burlington MA

Hillcrest Rd

Hillcrest Rd. Burlington MA

Hillsdale Ave

Hillsdale Ave. Burlington MA

Hilltop Dr

Hilltop Drive, Burlington MA

Holden Ave

Holden Ave, Burlington MA

Holly St

Holly St. Burlington MA

Hope St

Hope St. Burlington MA

Howard Rd

Howard Rd. Burlington MA

Humboldt Ave

Humbolt Ave. Burlington MA


Independence Dr — Originally called Arlington Road Extension due to its proximity to Arlington Road. This caused confusion among mail carriers and emergency services. It was renamed Independence Drive during America’s bicentennial celebration, when lots of streets received patriotic names.

Independence Drive, Burlington MA

Indian Hill Rd

Indian Hill Rd. Burlington MA

Irene St — Randomly named by Donald Gedick, who built many of the area’s homes.

Irene St. Burlington MA

Ivy Lane

Ivy Lane Burlington MA


Jackson Rd

Ivy Lane Burlington MA

James St

James St. Burlington MA

Janet Rd

Janet Rd. Burlington MA

Jefferson Ave

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Jessica Dr — Jessica Murray, part of the extended Murray family of developers.

Jessica Drive Burlington MA

Joanne Rd

Joanne Rd. Burlington MA

Johnson Rd

Johnson Rd. Burlington MA

Jonathan Rd — Jonathan Moss, son of local attorney Jack Moss, who developed the area. Nearby Moss St. is named for him.

Jonathan Rd. Burlington MA

Josephine Ave

Josephine Ave. Burlington MA

Julia Connors Dr — Mother of 10, and the town’s first school nurse. Retired in 1962. Pic here.

Julia Connors Drive Burlington MA

Juniper St

Juniper St. Burlington MA


Kay Rd

Kay Rd. Burlington MA

Keans Rd

Keans Rd. Burlington MA

Kelly Farm Way

Kelly Farm Way Burlington MA

Kenmere Ave

Kenmere Ave. Burlington MA

Kimball Ct

Kimball Court Burlington MA

Kingsdale St

Kingsdale St. Burlington MA

Kinney Ave

Kinney Ave. Burlington MA

Knollwood Ct

Knollwood Court Burlington MA


Laing Cir

Laing Circle Burlington MA

Lantern Ln

Lantern Lane Burlington MA

Larson Cir

Larson Circle Burlington MA

LaSallette Dr

Lasalette Drive Burlington MA

Laurel Hill Ln

Laurel Hill Ln. Burlington MA

Laurel Ln

Laurel Ln. Burlington MA

Laurie Ln

Laurie Ln. Burlington MA

Ledgewood Dr

Ledgewood Dr. Burlington MA

Lee Ave

Lee Ave. Burlington MA

Leopold St

Leopold St. Burlington MA

Leroy Dr 

Leroy Drive Burlington MA

Lexington St

Lexington St. Burlington MA

Liberty Ave

Liberty Ave. Burlington MA

Lido Ave — Lido Construction built that neighborhood.

Lido Ave. Burlington MALido Ave. Burlington MA

Lilac Ln

Lilac Ln. Burlington MA

Lincoln Knoll Ln — Lincoln Brogi had a farm near the junction of South Bedford Street and Cambridge Street. He also ran a knickknack store from his barn. More here.

Lincoln Knoll Ln. Burlington MA

Lisa St

Lisa St. Burlington MA

Littles Brook Ct 

Littles Brook Court Burlington MA

Locust St

Locust St. Burlington MA

Long St

Long St. Burlington MA

Louise Rd

Louise Rd. Burlington MA

Lowell St — It used to join Winn Street and head toward Lowell. But then Route 128 arrived and forced it to dead-end in an awkward corner. Before 1900, Lowell Street was informally known as Swamp Road.

Lowell St. Burlington MA

Lt. Litchfield Way — Raymond Litchfield, a prisoner of war in WWII and then a Burlington police lieutenant. The 1944 BHS yearbook dedicated a page to him while he was a prisoner of war.

Lt. Litchfield Way Burlington MA

Lucaya Cir

Lucaya Circle, Burlington MA

Lucy Rd 

Lucy Rd. Burlington MA

Luther Rd — This was one the first streets built with an organized house numbering system that we take for granted now. The first nine fully-numbered streets: Florence Road, Crawford Road, Sylvester Road, Frances Road, Foster Road, Bradford Road, Luther Road, Alma Road and Sunset Drive.

Luther Rd. Burlington MALuther Rd. Burlington MA


Macon Rd

Macon Rd. Burlington MA

Maguire Way

Maquire Way Burlington MA

Makechnie Rd — Ernst Makechnie, music teacher and blueberry farmer. More here.

Makechnie Rd Burlington MA

Mallard Way

Mallard Way Burlington MA

Manhattan Dr

Manhattan Drive, Burlington MA

Manning St — William Manning and descendants, including George E. Manning.

Manning St. Burlington MA

Manor Ave

Manor Ave. Burlington MA

Maple Ridge Dr

Maple Ridge Drive Burlington MA

Maple St

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Margaret St — Named after St. Margaret Parish when the church was located at the fork of Center and Winn Streets. It moved into its new and improved building near Route 128 in 1958. More here.

Margaret St. Burlington MA

Marie Cir

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Marigold Way

Marigold Way, Burlington MAMarigold Way, Burlington MA

Marion Rd

Marion Rd. Burlington MA

Marjorie Rd — Randomly named by Donald Gedick, who built many of the area’s homes.

Marjorie Rd. Burlington MA

Mark St

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Marrett Rd — When Burlington was part of Woburn, Rev. John Marrett created the Second Precinct church on Lexington Street near Simonds Park. That church represented a split from the Woburn parish and, ultimately, a split from Woburn itself. Burlington became a separate town in 1799 largely due to Rev. Marrett’s efforts.

Marrett Rd. Burlington MA

Martin St

Martin St. Burlington MA

Marvel Ave

Marvel Ave. Burlington MA

Marvin Field — Ernie Marvin and the Marvin Bros. baseball team, one of Burlington’s original little league teams. More here.

Marvin Field Burlington MA

Mary St

Mary Street Burlington MA

Maryvale Rd

Maryvale Road Burlington MA

Maud Graham Cir — Burlington town clerk from 1935 to 1969.

Maud Graham Circle, Burlington MA

Maureen Dr  — Maureen Murray-Wall, daughter of Thomas Murray, B&T Construction.

Maureen Drive, Burlington MA

Mayflower Ave — Became a public way in 1940.

Mayflower Ave. Burlington MA

McCafferty Way — William McCafferty had a large pig and vegetable farm running from Locust Street, behind Cabral’s Farm (now Sparhawk Drive), all the way to the Mill Pond Reservoir. One of his descendants was Edward McCafferty, the town’s police chief in the 1970s.

McCafferty Way Burlington MA

McCarthy Dr — John H. McCarthy, pig farmer.

McCarthy Drive, Burlington MA

McGinnis Dr

McGinnis Dr. Burlington MA

McIntire Dr — The McIntires owned many sections of early Burlington.

McInitire Drive, Burlington MA

McNamara Way — The McNamara family owned a chunk of land near the peak of Mountain Road, before Mountain Road was dead-ended. The commercial part became Wall Street.

McNamara Way Burlington MA

McSweeney Way

McSweeney Way Burlington MA

Meadowcroft Rd

Meadowcroft Rd. Burlington MA

Meadowvale Rd

Meadowvale Rd. Burlington MA

Mellin St

Meadowvale Rd. Burlington MA

Meyers Ln

Meyers Ln. Burlington MA

Michael Dr

Michael Drive, Burlington MA

Michelle Dr — Michelle Graham, part of the Graham family that farmed that section of town before it became a neighborhood.

Michelle Drive, Burlington MA

Middlesex Turnpike — The term “turnpike” implies a toll road, and it was indeed a toll road from 1811 to 1840. The nearest tollbooth to Burlington was just over the Lexington border. The road competed with north/south rail lines and the Middlesex Canal — and lost the battle. People weren’t eager to pay the Turnpike toll.

Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington MA

Middlesex Turnpike Extension

Middlesex Turnpike Extension, Burlington MA

Mildred Rd — The wife of builder Joe Roberto.

Mildred Road, Burlington MA

Mill St — Led to several mills including one at the end of Sawmill Road in Burlington. More here.

Mill Street Burlington MA

Mohawk Rd

Mohawk Rd. Burlington MA

Moline Rd

Moline Rd. Burlington MA

Mooney Cir

Mooney Circle Burlington MA

Mooney Rd

Mooney Rd. Burlington MA

Morrison Rd

Morrison Rd. Burlington MA

Moss St — Jack Moss, local attorney, who developed the area. His namesake street connects to Jonathan Road, named after his son. Across Wilmington Road is Harvard Street, named after Harvard University because Jack was educated there.

Moss St. Burlington MA

Mountain Rd

Mountain Road Burlington MA

Mountain View Way

Mountain View Way Burlington MA

Mulberry Ln

Mulberry Lane, Burlington MA

Muller Rd

Muller Road, Burlington MAMuller Road, Burlington MA

Murray Ave — The Murray family of developers, namesake of Murray Hills Inc. This area used to have a row of chicken coops.

Murray Ave. Burlington MA

Myrna St

Myrna St. Burlington MA


Nelson Rd

Nelson Road, Burlington MA

Nevada Rd

Nevada Road, Burlington MA

Newbridge Ave

Nevada Road, Burlington MA

Nichols St

Nichols St. Burlington MA

Northeastern Ave

Northeastern Avenue, Burlington MA



Oak Knoll Rd

Oak Knoll St. Burlington MA

Oak St

Oak St. Burlington MA

Old Colony Rd

Old Colony Rd. Burlington MA

Old Concord Rd

Old Concord Rd. Burlington MA

Olean Rd

Olean Rd. Burlington MA

Olympian Way — The town’s four olympians in the 1984 winter olympics: Peter and Kitty Carruthers and Mark and Scott Fusco. A banner was hung across the Middlesex Turnpike too, but not permanently. Pic here.

Olympian Way, Burlington MA

Orchid Cir

Orchid Circle Burlington MA

Overlook Ave

Overlook Ave. Burlington MA

Oxbow Ln 

Oxbow Lane, Burlington MA


Paige Ln

Paige Lane, Burlington MA

Park Dr

Park Drive, Burlington MA

Partridge Ln

Partridge Lane, Burlington MA

Pathwoods Ave

Pathwoods Ave. Burlington MA

Patricia Way

Patricia Way Burlington MA

Patriot Rd — Was under development during America’s bicentennial celebration, and was named accordingly.

Patriot Rd. Burlington MA

Paul St

Paul St. Burlington MA

Paula St

Paula St. Burlington MA

Paulson Dr

Paulson Drive, Burlington MA

Peach Orchard Rd

Peach Orchard Rd. Burlington MA

Pearl St

Pearl St. Burlington MA

Pearson Cir

Pearson Circle, Burlington MA

Phillip Ave

Phillip Ave, Burlington MA

Phyllis Ave

Phyllis Ave. Burlington MA

Pine Ave

Pine Ave Burlington MA

Pine Ridge Rd

Pine Ridge Rd. Burlington MA

Pinevale Ave

Pinevale Ave. Burlington MA

Pinewold Ave

Pinewold Ave. Burlington MA

Pleasant St

Pleasant St. Burlington MA

Polk St

Polk St. Burlington MA

Pond Ln

Pond Lane Burlington MA

Pontos Ave

Pontos Ave. Burlington MA

Porter Ave

Porter Ave. Burlington MA

Princeton Rd — Part of a college-themed neighborhood including Dartmouth, Amherst and University.

Princeton Rd. Burlington MA

Prouty Rd — Augustus Prouty,  a Burlington school board member in the late 1800s.

Prouty Rd. Burlington MA

Purity Springs Rd

Purity Springs Rd. Burlington MA

Putnam Rd

Putnam Road, Burlington MA


Radcliff St

Radcliff St. Burlington MA

Rahanis Playground — Turkish pig farmers Stylianos and Lena Rahanis. Story here.

Rahanis Playground Burlington MA

Rahway Rd

Rahway Rd. Burlington MA

Randall Dr

Randall Drive, Burlington MARandall Drive, Burlington MA

Raymond Rd

Raymond Rd. Burlington MA

Raymond Rd Ext

Raymond Rd. Extention Burlington MA

Red Coat Ln

Red Coat Lane Burlington MA

Redmond St

Redmond St. Burlington MA

Reed St

Reed St. Burlington MA

Regan Playground — Origin story here.

Regan Playground Burlington MA

Reserve Way

Reserve Way Burlington MA

Rhuey Pass

Rhuey Pass Burlington MA

Richard Rd

Richard Rd. Burlington MA

Richardson Rd

Richardon Rd. Burlington MA

Richfield Rd

Richfield Rd. Burlington MA

Ridge Rd — A little nub off Colburn St. with one house on it, number 5.

Ridge Rd. Burlington MA

Ridgewood Ln

Ridgewood Lane Burlington MA

Rita Ave — Daughter of Tony Marino, who built some houses on the street.

Rita Ave. Burlington MA

Robert St — Robert Murray, owner of Murray Hills Inc. development company.

Robert St. Burlington MA

Robin St

Robin Street, Burlington MA

Robinhood Ln — Part of a development mysteriously dubbed Sherwood Forest(!) by its developer, attorney Jack Moss. It consists of Nelson Road, Davida Road, Holly Street, Dolores Drive, Laurie Lane, Cheryl Ave.

Robin Hood Lane Burlington MA

Rocky Hill Rd

Rocky Hill Rd. Burlington MA

Rolling Ln

Rocky Hill Road, Burlington MA

Rosario Way

Rosario Way Burlington MA

Ruping Dr — Developer Hubert Ruping.

Ruping Drive, Burlington MA

Russell Cir

Russell Circle Burlington MA

Ruthven Ave

Ruthven Ave. Burlington MA


Saint Marks Rd — A driveway to the church parking lot. More about the church’s origin here.

St. Marks Rd. Burlington MA

Saint Marys Rd

St. Marys Road Burlington MA

Sandra Ave — Sandra MacDonald of Wolfeboro, N.H., daughter of builder Roderick MacDonald.

Sandra Ave, Burlington MA

Sandy Brook Rd

Sandy Brook Road, Burlington MA

Sarah St

Sarah St. Burlington MA

Savin St

Savin St. Burlington MA

Sawyer St

Sawyer St. Burlington MA

Scott Ave

Scott Ave. Burlington MA

Sears St — Montgomery Sears, operator of the trolley line that ran through Burlington. In 1906, he successfully petitioned the town for a shortcut road from Center Street to Winn Street, so people could quickly get to the trolley stop down the hill. That shortcut bears his name.

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Sedalia Rd

Sedalia Rd. Burlington MA

September Ln

September Lane Burlington MA

Seven Springs Ln 

Seven Springs Lane Burlington MA

Sewall St — Rev. Samuel Sewall graduated Harvard with honors at age 19 and led Burlington’s congregation after the death of Rev. John Marrett, the minister instrumental in creating Burlington in 1799.

Sewall St. Burlington MA

Shady Lane Dr

Shady Lane Drive, Burlington MA

Shamrock Dr

Shamrock Dr. Burlington MA

Shea Cir

Shea Circle Burlington MA

Sheighla Dr. — Sheighla Wall Shea, granddaughter of Thomas Murray, B&T Construction.

Sheighla Dr. Burlington MA

Sheldon St

Sheldon St. Burlington MA

Short St 

Short St. Burlington MA

Simonds Park — Marshall Simonds, a member of a very old Woburn/Burlington clan, died without heirs in 1905 and deeded his farm to the town, to be used as a public park.

Simonds Park Burlington MA

Skelton Rd — A seminal family of Burlington. Among its members was Walter W. Skelton, the town’s first firefighter.

Skelton Rd. Burlington MA

Skilton Ln — Thomas and Daze Skilton were among the first residents of Burlington when it was incorporated in 1799. The road was originally a dead end at the top of the hill, like adjacent Maryvale Road.

Skilton Lane, Burlington MA

Sleeper Dr. — Attorney Donald Sleeper, insurance broker Gove Sleeper, and many other Sleepers lived nearby on Center Street in what is now Grandview Farm/Marion Tavern.

Sleeper Drive, Burlington MA

Sorelle Pl

Sorelle Pl. Burlington MA

South Ave

South Ave. Burlington MA

South Bedford St — Heads toward Bedford via Lexington Street and the Middlesex Turnpike. It was bisected by the Burlington Mall Road in 1968, resulting in two South Bedford Streets. One end was nudged to line up with Stony Brook Road.

S Bedford Street, Burlington MA

Sparhawk Dr — Formerly Cabral’s Farm, but the origin of “sparhawk” is unknown.

Sparhawk Drive, Burlington MA

Spring Valley Rd