Wakefield is a town you can visit in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States of America. Wakefield is located in the metropolitan area of Boston, at a distance of 12.5 miles of downtown Boston. The city of Wakefield was settled in 1638 bearing the name of Lynn Village. It was incorporated as Reading in 1644 and a church and a mill were established back then. In 1812, Wakefield was incorporated as a town. According to a recent census, Wakefield has an area of 7.9 square miles, of which 0.4 square miles consist of water, the rest of land. The population of Wakefield includes 24,000 residents. Among them, notable locals like author Lucius Morris Beebe, screenwriter Israel Horovitz, folk singer Buffy Beverly Saint Marie and architect Louis Sullivan.
Festival by the Lake takes place each year in the beautiful town of Wakefield, on the shore of Lake Quannapowitt. It has a history of more than 25 years and is an important community event of Wakefield, raising as lot of money for town improvement projects. The biggest attractions of the festival are the arts and crafts tents. The other important part of this Wakefield event includes the food. Guests of this great festival can serve burgers, healthy wraps, sausages, donuts, salads and desserts.
Lake Quannapowitt is itself an important touristic attraction of Wakefield. This is one of the main lakes in the city and is one of the hot spots of the city, thanks to the large array of recreational activities that locals and tourists can enjoy here: walking, jogging, biking and skating. The lake was formerly known as Reading Pond.
Bellino's Trattoria is a small restaurant located downtown Wakefield. The Italian roots of the family that is in charge with the eatery are visible from the colorful decor to the food served fresh and hot on plates. One of the specialties of the house is Balsamico Chicken.