Before Europeans arrived in the early 17th century, Topsfield belonged to the Agawam tribe. Once the area was settled in 1635, Topsfield was immediately touched by the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. There was a great degree of belief in witches, and a few people from the Topsfield settlement were accused of witchcraft.
During the Revolutionary War, Topsfield citizens joined the network of committees that aimed to protect its people and sent two militia companies as part of the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Revolutionary War. Around this time and up until the 19th century, Topsfield specialized in manufacturing shoes for the Revolutionary War armies.
Today, there are around 7,500 residents that currently live in Topsfield. Each summer, there is a great wave of tourism because the town is home to the Topsfield Fair, which has attracted up to 500,000 tourists in a single year.
Despite being inland and surrounded by neighboring towns, nearly 7% of the city belongs to water, with close access to several parks, reservations, and Hood’s Pond, which covers 68 acres. Unfortunately, unwanted pests like ants, mosquitos, termites and ticks are all too common in traditionally agricultural towns like Topsfield.