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Acton residents participated in the growing hostility with Great Britain by sending a list of grievances to King George III on Oct. The anniversary of this day is celebrated in Acton as Crown Resistance Day.At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, on April 19, 1775, a company of minutemen from Acton responded to the call to arms initiated by Paul Revere (who rode with other riders, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott, with Prescott the only one of the three who was able reach Acton itself) and fought at the North Bridge in Concord as part of the Battle of Lexington and Concord.The Acton minutemen were led by Captain Isaac Davis.
Davis was the first officer to die in the American Revolutionary War.
Almost all of Acton is forested, except for where it has been cleared for residential or agricultural use.
Some forested areas have been put aside for special use by corporations.
Acton is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, approximately twenty-one miles west-northwest of Boston along Route 2 west of Concord and about ten miles (16 km) southwest of Lowell. It is bordered by Westford and Littleton to the north, Concord and Carlisle to the east, Stow, Maynard, and Sudbury to the south and Boxborough to the west. The town employs the Open Town Meeting form of government with a Town Manager and an elected, five-member Board of Selectmen.
Acton was named the 11th Best Place To Live among small towns in the country by Money Magazine in 2015, and the 16th best in 2009 and in 2011.), or 1.53 percent, is water.