Located just five miles northwest of Boston, Massachusetts along the Mystic River, Medford is home to Tufts University. Settled by colonists in 1630, Medford quickly became the center of early industry in the region producing Hayden and Cudworth clipper ships, rum, and crackers. Medford covers nearly 8 miles and many of the city's buildings are named on the National Register of Historic Places including the Unitarian Universalist Church and Parsonage of 1894. The city has a number of famous residents including Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, and historically important former residents including Amelia Earhart and Fannie Farmer who wrote the Boston Cooking School Cook Book in 1896. Medford is just a short drive from Boston, Providence, and Hartford, a few of New England's most interesting cities, and has a quaint small town feel in one of New England's most historically rich areas.