Topsfield is a convenient yet rural town with access to Route 1 (close proximity to I-95) and only 28 miles from Boston. Topsfield is famous for the annual Topsfield Fair held the week prior to Columbus Day weekend. The fair celebrates the agricultural culture with carnival games, rides, and shows. Summer begins in Topsfield with the Topsfield Historical Society’s Strawberry Festival in early June. Bowls of fresh strawberries, whipped cream and piles of shortcakes are served by volunteer members. It’s a festival for the community to celebrate family and agricultural attributes. Topsfield includes parts of the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Bradley Palmer State Park, Willowdale State Forest and the entirety of the Topsfield Town Forest.
Topsfield has two public elementary schools: Steward School in downtown Topsfield (Pre-K – 3rd grade) and Proctor Elementary (grades 4-6) Topsfield is part of the Masconomet Regional Middle School 7-8 grade and Masconomet Regional High School 9-12. Topsfield shares the middle and high school with surrounding towns of Boxford and Middleton. Masconomet is traditionally one of the best ranked school systems on the North Shore.