Holden, Massachusetts

Holden is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The town was founded in 1741, and the Town Square (center) was donated by John Hancock, former Governor of Massachusetts.

The population was 17,346 at the 2010 census.

Holden, Massachusetts
Holden Center
Holden Center
Official seal of Holden, Massachusetts

Location in Worcester County and the state of Massachusetts.
Location in Worcester County and the state of Massachusetts.
Coordinates: 42°21′06″N 71°51′50″W / 42.35167°N 71.86389°WCoordinates: 42°21′06″N 71°51′50″W / 42.35167°N 71.86389°W
CountryUnited States
 • TypeOpen town meeting
 • Town
Peter Lukes
 • Board of
Robert Lavigne
Anthony M. Renzoni
Jeremy Kurtz
Mark Ferguson
Kenneth Lipka
 • Total36.2 sq mi (93.8 km2)
 • Land35.0 sq mi (90.6 km2)
 • Water1.2 sq mi (3.2 km2)
860 ft (262 m)
 • Total17,346
 • Density480/sq mi (180/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
01520 & 01522
Area code(s)508 / 774
FIPS code25-30560
GNIS feature ID0618365


Holden was named for Samuel Holden, a director of the Bank of England.[1]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.2 square miles (94 km2), of which 35.0 square miles (91 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), or 3.40%, is water. The landscape is compiled of hills and rivers, including the Quinapoxet.

Holden is bounded on the west by Rutland, on the northwest by Princeton, on the east by Sterling and West Boylston, on the southeast by Worcester, and on the southwest by Paxton.


Entering Holden eastbound on MA Route 122A, MA
Entering Holden eastbound on Route 122A

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 15,621 people, 5,715 households, and 4,423 families residing in the town. The population density was 446.4 inhabitants per square mile (172.4/km2). There were 5,827 housing units at an average density of 166.5 per square mile (64.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.39% White, 0.49% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.96% of the population.

There were 5,715 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.8% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.6% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $64,297, and the median income for a family was $73,614. Males had a median income of $52,203 versus $36,194 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,971. About 2.0% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.


County-level state agency heads
Clerk of Courts: Dennis P. McManus (D)
District Attorney: Joe Early Jr. (D)
Register of Deeds: Katie Toomey (D)
Register of Probate: Stephanie Fattman (R)
County Sheriff: Lew Evangelidis (R)
State government
State Representative(s): Kimberly Ferguson (R)
State Senator(s): Harriette Chandler (D)
Governor's Councilor(s): Jen Caissie (R)
Federal government
U.S. Representative(s): James P. McGovern (D-2nd District),
U.S. Senators: Elizabeth Warren (D), Ed Markey (D)
Holden ma map
1891 Holden public library Massachusetts
Holden public library, 1891



Holden is part of the five-town Wachusett Regional School District that includes the neighboring towns of Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, and Sterling. The towns share the newly renovated Wachusett Regional High School. Wachusett was the first regional school district in Massachusetts.

Holden has three elementary schools: Davis Hill Elementary, Dr. Leroy E. Mayo Elementary, and Dawson Elementary. The town is served by Mountview Middle School for grades 6-8 which was newly built in 2016. High school students may choose to attend Wachusett Regional High School in Holden or Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School ("Monty Tech") in Fitchburg.

Holden also serves as the hometown for Holden Christian Academy, a PS-8 private Christian school.


The Holden public library first opened in 1888.[13][14] In fiscal year 2008, the town of Holden spent 1.99% ($679,756) of its budget on its public library – some $40 per person.[15]

Points of interest

Notable people


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  2. ^ "Total Population (P1), 2010 Census Summary File 1". American FactFinder, All County Subdivisions within Massachusetts. United States Census Bureau. 2010.
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  8. ^ "1890 Census of the Population" (PDF). Department of the Interior, Census Office. Pages 179 through 182. Massachusetts Table 5. Population of States and Territories by Minor Civil Divisions: 1880 and 1890. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
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  13. ^ C.B. Tillinghast. The free public libraries of Massachusetts. 1st Report of the Free Public Library Commission of Massachusetts. Boston: Wright & Potter, 1891. Google books
  14. ^ http://www.townofholden.net/Pages/HoldenMA_Library/hist Retrieved 2010-11-08
  15. ^ July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008; cf. The FY2008 Municipal Pie: What’s Your Share? Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Board of Library Commissioners. Boston: 2009. Available: Municipal Pie Reports. Retrieved 2010-08-04

External links

Alden Research Laboratory

Alden Research Laboratory, Inc. (Alden) (Holden, Massachusetts) was founded in 1894 as part of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). It is the oldest continuously operating hydraulic laboratory in the United States. Today, as an independent entity, Alden has become a recognized leader in the field of fluid dynamics research and development.

Bob Ford (American football)

Robert Ford (born September 10, 1937) is a retired American football player, coach of football, lacrosse, golf, and wrestling, and college athletics administrator. Ford was appointed as the head coach of the University of Albany on April 27, 1970 where he remained until retiring after the 2013 season. From 1965 to 1968, Ford served as the head football coach at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. He also coached golf and wrestling at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, where was an assistant football coach from 1960 to 1963. Ford was Albany's head men's lacrosse coach from 1971 to 1973 and athletic director from 1978 to 1982.

Bob Ritter

Bobby Ritter (born March 24, 1960) is an American football coach. He is current head football coach at Middlebury College. He took over in 2001 after the retirement of Mickey Heinecken. Through the 2017 season, Ritter has compiled an 88–49 record and won two New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championships, in 2007 and 2013.

Brooke Brodack

Brooke Allison Brodack (born April 7, 1986, in Putnam, Connecticut), a.k.a. Brookers, is an American viral video comedian mainly known for her short videos posted during YouTube's early years, which led to a contract from the mainstream media. In 2006, The New Yorker called her "the first real YouTube star."Brodack has been making videos since she was 9 years old. Graduating from Wachusett Regional High School, she then attended college at Worcester State College, Quinsigamond Community College and Mount Wachusett Community College, ultimately dropping out of all three. Brodack worked from 2003 to 2006 as a receptionist and hostess at the 99 Restaurant, and she volunteered (2003–05) for the NEADS program (Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans) in Sterling, Massachusetts.

Charles Metcalf Allen

Charles Metcalf Allen (1871 in Walpole, Massachusetts – 1950 in Holden, Massachusetts) was a hydraulic engineer known particularly for his inventions and development of the Allen Salt-Velocity Method for measuring water discharge in situations where other methods or instruments could not be easily used. In 1936, Allen received the ASME Warner Medal, and in 1949, he received the John Fritz Medal. From 1906 to 1945, Charles Metcalf Allen served as professor of hydraulic engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. During that period he also performed research at the Alden Hydraulic Laboratory

Dan Colman

Daniel Alan Colman (born July 11, 1990) is an American professional poker player, originally from Holden, Massachusetts. He is best known for winning the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop at the 2014 World Series of Poker. He beat Daniel Negreanu heads-up for a first place prize of $15,306,668, the second largest single payout in poker tournament history.

Edward Bailey

Edward Bailey (1814–1903) was the most accomplished of the Hawaiian missionary period artists in Hawaii. Along with his wife, Bailey arrived in Hawaii as a missionary-teacher in 1837 on the ship Mary Frazier. He worked at the Wailuku Female Seminary in Maui from 1840 until its closure in 1849. After the seminary closed, he helped build the still standing Ka'ahumanu Church in Wailuku and operated a small sugarcane plantation that eventually became part of the Wailulu Sugar Company. Bailey's early works were sketches and drawings which were engraved by students at the Lahainaluna Seminary between 1833 and 1843. He began painting about 1865, at the age of 51, without any formal instruction.Bailey’s best known paintings are landscapes depicting the natural beauty of central Maui, The Bailey House Museum (Wailuku, Hawaii) and the Lyman House Memorial Museum (Hilo, Hawaii) are among the public collections holding works by Edward Bailey.

Fran Quinn

Fran Quinn, Jr. (born March 11, 1965) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour.

Quinn was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and attended Northwestern University where he graduated in 1987 with a degree in Economics. He turned professional in 1988.

Quinn played his first full season on the Nationwide Tour, then Ben Hogan Tour, in 1991, where he made 13 of 25 cuts. He later in the year finished T8 at Q-School, obtaining his PGA Tour card for 1992. He made only 6 of 18 cuts in 1992 and lost his tour card for 1993.

Quinn played off and on the PGA and Nationwide Tour's from 1993 to 1997, until he shifted his focus mainly to the Nationwide Tour. In 1999, Quinn picked up his first win on a major tour at the Nike Dakota Dunes Open in a playoff. He had three top-10s on the season, but it was not enough to earn his PGA Tour card for 2000.

Quinn won his first start of 2000 at the Buy.com Florida Classic, but it was his only top 10 of the season. He finished with $125,000 in season long earnings. After his 2000 win, Quinn saw his game come to a standstill. From 2002 to mid-2009, he had played in over 300 events, not winning any of them, finishing in the top-10 only 17 times.

Quinn saw his career be resurrected in late 2009 at the Albertsons Boise Open in September. He went head-to-head in the final round with Blake Adams, who had led after all three rounds. Quinn found himself tied for the lead at the 18th hole. He hit his approach within 10 feet and knocked in his birdie putt after Adams failed to make his. It was Quinn's third career Nationwide Tour win, and it put him to over $1,000,000 in Nationwide Tour career earnings. It also vaulted him from 92nd to 18th on the 2009 money list. He finished the year 25th on the money list to earn his 2010 PGA Tour card.

Stress fractures limited Quinn to seven PGA Tour events in 2010, where he made two cuts. Quinn also played in three Nationwide Tour events in 2010, where he won his fourth career Nationwide Tour event, the Panama Claro Championship. He played the 2011 and 2012 seasons on a Major Medical Exemption, which he was unable to satisfy.

At the 2014 U.S. Open, Quinn had to go through local and sectional qualifying just to make the field. He ended the first round tied for second. It is his first U.S. Open since 1996 and only has past champion status on the Web.com Tour for 2014.

Hans Canosa

Hans Canosa (born January 10, 1970) is an American film director, screenwriter, film editor and producer best known for his independent film Conversations with Other Women (2005), starring Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham Carter.

Kimberly Ferguson

Kimberly N. Ferguson is an American state legislator serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She is a Holden resident and a member of the Republican Party.

Lewis Evangelidis

Lewis George Evangelidis (born on July 11, 1961) is the sheriff of Worcester County, Massachusetts. Prior to his being sheriff Evangelidis was a Republican member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Rogers House (Holden, Massachusetts)

The Rogers House is a historic house at 28 Boyden Road in Holden, Massachusetts. The 1.5 story Cape style wood frame house was built sometime before 1733, and is possibly the oldest building in Holden (there is no firm evidence for a traditionally-ascribed date of 1722 for its construction). It is the best-preserved example of its style in the area, which was once somewhat common.The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, and was included in an expansion of the Holden Center Historic District in 1995.

Samuel C. Damon

Samuel Chenery Damon (February 15, 1815 – February 7, 1885) was a missionary to Hawaii, pastor of the Seamen's Bethel Church, chaplain of the Honolulu American Seamen's Friend Society and editor of the monthly newspaper The Friend.

Trout Brook (Massachusetts)

Trout Brook, also called Ball Brook, is a cold water tributary of the Quinapoxet River located in Holden, Massachusetts. Trout Brook is stocked with trout each spring by the Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife Division. As the Quinapoxet River is part of the water supply for Worcester, Massachusetts, both the Quinapoxet and all of its major tributaries including Trout Brook are monitored by the USGS for water quality.In addition to the periodic trout stocking by the Mass DFW, past electroshocking has determined that small native brook trout also live in Trout Brook.

Tyler Catalina

Tyler Catalina (born January 24, 1993) is an American football guard for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Rhode Island for three seasons before finishing his career at Georgia. He was signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2017.


WTAG (580 kHz) is an AM radio station in Worcester, Massachusetts. It is owned by iHeartMedia and airs a News/Talk format. WTAG's studios are in Paxton and it broadcasts from a transmitter in Holden, Massachusetts. The transmitter operates at 5,000 watts day & night. WTAG programming is simulcast on FM translator W235AV at 94.9 MHz, licensed to Tatnuck. [1]

Wachusett Regional High School

Wachusett Regional High School (abbv. WRHS) is located in Holden, Massachusetts and services the Wachusett Regional School District. Founded in 1955, WRSD comprises Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, and Sterling. William Beando was appointed principal as of July 1, 2007, succeeding the one year interim service of longtime principal Hal Lane, who had retired in 1993. The assistant principals are Andrew Costa, Anthony DiBenedetto, Victoria DeSimone, and Michael Pratt.

Wachusett Regional School District

Wachusett Regional School District was founded in 1955 and comprises the Massachusetts towns of Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, and Sterling. The district's central office is located in the Old Jefferson Elementary School in Jefferson, Massachusetts.

Willard-Fisk House

The Willard-Fisk House is a historic farm property at 126 Whitney Street in Holden, Massachusetts. The farmhouse, built about 1772, is one of the oldest houses in Holden, and one of its oldest brick houses. The property also includes a 19th-century barn and several 20th-century farm outbuildings. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, where it is listed at 121 Whitney Street.

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