Like most towns in the region, Royalston began a slow decline in population after the Civil War, as economic opportunities opened up in the agricultural lands of the western states and the booming cities of the east. Small farms continued to provide the backbone of the local economy. After peaking in 1840 with 1,667 residents, by 1900 the population had fallen to 998. By 1900, manufacturing was in serious decline in South Royalston. By the 1930s, Royalston’s population had reached a low of 774 people, and grew only slowly over the next forty years, gradually evolving into the quiet town it remains today.
Royalston’s small-town character has been carefully maintined through land preservation by state, federal and non-profit groups
With its waterfalls, Tully Lake, Long Pond, the 21-mile Tully Trail, and several state forest and wildlife management areas, Royalston has become a popular destination for recreation and tourism. Over 16 square miles of land has been permanently protected (nearly 40% of the town), ensuring that much of what is special about Royalston will be preserved for future generations. We invite you to come visit our town and find out for yourself why so many of us are happy to call Royalston our home.
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