Ashland is located in Middlesex County, midway between Boston and Worcester. In its history, Ashland was a stopping point on the major Indian trail now known as the Bay Path, connecting Cambridge to Connecticut. It was here that Natick Indians established the land as the Village of Magunkaquog in about 1659. It was later incorporated as a town in 1846. Ashland is home to Henry Warren's invention of the electric clock, later manufactured here under the Telechron name. It was also home to the original starting point of the world-famous Boston Marathon, which still runs through the town. Ashland, although predominantly residential, supports its business community, too. Businesses, residents and visitors look forward to "Ashland Day", an annual celebration of traditional New England spirit. Ashland covers 12.93 square miles and has a population of 17,150. It is governed by an open town meeting form a government. Ashland is accessed by Routes 126 and 135. The Massachusetts Turnpike, Interstate 90, is easily accessible in the neighboring town of Framingham. Additionally, commuter rail service to Back Bay Station and South Station, Boston, is available from Ashland on the Framingham/Worcester line.