Northborough, Massachusetts

Northborough is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The official spelling of the town's name is "Northborough", but the alternative spelling "Northboro" is also used. The population was 14,155 at the 2010 census.

Northborough, Massachusetts
First Parish Church
First Parish Church
Official seal of Northborough, Massachusetts

Location in Worcester County and the state of Massachusetts.
Location in Worcester County and the state of Massachusetts.
Coordinates: 42°19′10″N 71°38′30″W / 42.31944°N 71.64167°WCoordinates: 42°19′10″N 71°38′30″W / 42.31944°N 71.64167°W
CountryUnited States
 • TypeOpen town meeting
 • Town
John W. Coderre
 • Board of
Jason Perreault
Julianne Hirsh
Leslie Rutan
Tim Kaelin
Dawn Rand
 • Total18.8 sq mi (48.6 km2)
 • Land18.5 sq mi (48.0 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
300 ft (91 m)
 • Total14,155
 • Density750/sq mi (290/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)508 / 774
FIPS code25-46820
GNIS feature ID0618375


The areas surrounding Northborough were first settled by Nipmuc Indians.[1] Europeans set up a plantation on May 14, 1656, following a petition for resettlement from the people of the Sudbury Plantation to the General Court of the Bay Colony.[2] On January 24, 1766, the district of Northborough was established within neighboring Westborough. On August 23, 1775, the district became a town, and on June 20, 1807 part of neighboring Marlborough was annexed to Northborough.[3][4]

The first meeting house was established in 1746, with the legal governor of the town being called the Town Minister. The first Town Minister was Reverend John Martyn.

In 1775, Northborough split off as the "north borough" of Westborough, much as Westborough split off from Marlborough some 58 years before. However, the two towns shared a meetinghouse for some time more.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 18.8 square miles (49 km2), of which 18.5 square miles (48 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), or 1.17%, is water.

Adjacent towns and cities

Northborough ma map

Northborough is located in Central Massachusetts, and shares a border with five towns and one city:

  • Southborough is located to the southeast. The border, however, is only 500 yards long and is in the woods with no accessible trail.
  • Marlborough is located to the north of Southborough and due east of Northborough. The most accessible way to enter Marlborough from Northborough is through U.S. Route 20
  • Berlin is located to the north of Northborough.
  • Boylston is located to the northwest.
  • Shrewsbury is located to the west, and is the town that separates Northborough from Worcester. Shrewsbury is accessible via Route 20 or Route 9.
  • Westborough is located to the south of Northborough, and is accessible via Route 9 or Route 135

Of the six towns that make up Northborough's borders, and including Northborough as the seventh, Northborough is the fourth largest town by population. Marlborough is the largest while Berlin is the smallest.


By the 2010 census, the population had reached 14155.

As of the census of 2000,[14] there were 14,013 people, 4,906 households, and 3,865 families residing in the town. The population density was 756.1 inhabitants per square mile (291.9/km2). There were 5,002 housing units at an average density of 269.9 per square mile (104.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 93.01% White, 0.65% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 5.05% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.28% of the population.

There were 4,906 households, out of which 43.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.9% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.22.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 29.5% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $99,781, and the median income for a family was $120,480. Males had a median income of $65,437 versus $51,042 for females. The per capita income for the town was $42,889. About 1.7% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 9.3% 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): Harold P. Naughton, Jr (D)
State Senator(s): Harriette L. Chandler (D), James B. Eldridge (D)
Governor's Councilor(s): Jen Caissie (R), Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney (D)
Federal government
U.S. Representative(s): 2nd District
U.S. Senators: Elizabeth Warren (D), Ed Markey (D)
1899 Northborough public library Massachusetts
Northborough public library, 1899


The Northborough Free Library was established in 1868.[15][16] In fiscal year 2009, the town of Northborough spent 1.5% ($645,208) of its budget on its public library— $43.41 per person.[17]


Northborough has many schools, public and private. It is home to four public elementary schools serving grades pre-K–5: Lincoln Street School, Marguerite E. Peaslee School, Fannie E. Proctor School, and Marion E. Zeh school. Private schools include The Cornerstone Academy, and St. Bernadette's. In 2002 the Northborough Middle School was renamed after superintendent of schools, Robert E. Melican. All of the public schools in Northborough are part of the Northborough-Southborough School District. The public high school serving Northborough is Algonquin Regional High School, shared with Southborough. The mascot for Northborough-Southborough students is the Tomahawk. Algonquin's main sports rivals are the Westborough Rangers. Debates have erupted over whether Northborough and Southborough should have separate high schools; however, citizens of both Northborough and Southborough successfully fought to keep the school regionalized. Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School is an alternate choice for Northborough students, though the majority of students attend Algonquin. Private schools in the area include Fay School and St. Mark's School in Southborough, St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, and Bancroft School, Worcester Academy and Notre Dame Academy in Worcester.


The New England Baseball Complex is located at the intersection of Route 20 and Route 9 in Northborough. The newly built complex is home to the New England Ruffnecks, a youth baseball association. Many high schools, including Algonquin have had MIAA games at the NEBC. Regional colleges and universities have hosted opponents at the New England Baseball Complex.

Notable people




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External links

Algonquin Regional High School

Algonquin Regional High School is a public high school located in Northborough, Massachusetts. The school serves the students of the Northborough-Southborough Regional School District (NSRSD) comprising both Northborough and neighboring Southborough. The school's mascot is the tomahawk, but known by many as the "T-Hawk." The school's colors are maroon and gold. Algonquin Regional's Superintendent is Christine M. Johnson.

Baptist Convention of New England

The Baptist Convention of New England (BCNE) is a network of churches located in New England and affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Headquartered in Northborough, Massachusetts, the convention is made up of around 370 churches as of 2018. The Baptist Convention of New England was founded in 1983 and subscribes to the theological beliefs expressed in The Baptist Faith and Message (2000).

Cedar Hill (Northborough, Massachusetts)

Cedar Hill is located in Northborough, Massachusetts. It is part of the larger Crane Swamp Conservation Area.

It is in the care of the Sudbury Valley Trustees.

Dorian McMenemy

Dorian McMenemy (born October 28, 1996) is a swimmer who competes for the Dominican Republic in the women's 100 meter butterfly. At the 2012 Summer Olympics she finished 41st overall in the heats in the Women's 100 metre butterfly. In 2016, Dorian competed in the 50 Freestyle in Rio De Janeiro.

McMenemy was born in the United States and lives with her mother, father, and three sisters in Northborough, Massachusetts, where she attended Algonquin Regional High School. Her mother, Luisa, is from the Dominican Republic and Dorian has dual citizenship with both countries. She was the only female swimmer on the Dominican team and was named the Dominican Female Athlete of the Year.In 2015, she will be attending Wagner College in Staten Island, New York on a full athletic scholarship.

Elijah Brigham

Elijah Brigham (July 7, 1751 – February 22, 1816) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Brigham was born in Westborough (now Northborough), Massachusetts, son of Colonel Levi Brigham and Susanna (Grout) Brigham. He was a descendant of Thomas Brigham and Edmund Rice, early immigrants to Massachusetts Bay Colony. Brigham was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1778.

He studied law, but did not practice.

He engaged in mercantile pursuits at Westborough.

He served as member of the State house of representatives 1791–1793.

He served as justice of the court of common pleas 1795–1811.

He served in the State senate in 1796, 1798 from 1801 to 1805, and 1807–1810.

He served as a state councilor in 1799, 1800, and 1806.

Brigham was elected as a Federalist to the Twelfth, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth Congresses and served from March 4, 1811, until his death in Washington, D.C., February 22, 1816.

He was interred in the Congressional Cemetery.

Brigham was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1813.

Gregory Goodwin Pincus

Dr. Gregory Goodwin Pincus (April 9, 1903 – August 22, 1967) was an American biologist and researcher who co-invented the combined oral contraceptive pill.

John Davis (Massachusetts governor)

John Davis (January 13, 1787 – April 19, 1854) was an American lawyer, businessman and politician from Massachusetts. He spent 25 years in public service, serving in both houses of the United States Congress and for three non-consecutive years as Governor of Massachusetts. Because of his reputation for personal integrity he was known as "Honest John" Davis.

Born in Northborough, Massachusetts, Davis attended Yale College before studying law in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he established a successful law practice. He spent 10 years (1824–34) in the United States House of Representatives as a National Republican (later Whig), where he supported protectionist tariff legislation. He won election as Governor of Massachusetts in a three-way race in 1833 that was decided by the state legislature. After two terms he was elected to the United States Senate, where he served most of one term, resigning early in 1841 after he was once again elected governor.

His second term as governor was undistinguished, but he split with fellow Whig Daniel Webster over a variety of issues, and lost the 1843 election to Democrat Marcus Morton. He was reelected to the Senate in 1845, where he served until 1851. He opposed the Mexican–American War, and worked to prevent the extension of slavery to the territories, although he did not take a hard line on the matter, voting for most of the provisions of the Compromise of 1850. He retired from public service in 1853, and died the next year.

Joseph Henry Allen

Joseph Henry Allen (August 21, 1820 – March 20, 1898) was a Unitarian clergyman, editor and scholar.

Linwood, Massachusetts

Linwood is a village with its own post office in the towns of Northbridge and Uxbridge, Massachusetts.

The zip code of the Linwood post office is 01525. As a village of both Uxbridge and Northbridge, Linwood has separate municipal services from Uxbridge or Northbridge, for fire, police, EMS, School district, public works, and other services, depending on the town (township) boundary. Worcester County, Massachusetts Sheriff, Lewis Evangelidis runs corrections, and court services from West Boylston, and Worcester District is the regional judicial jurisdiction. The Uxbridge district court serves surrounding towns. Linwood is closest to the villages of Whitinsville, MA, and North Uxbridge. The village of Linwood was predominantly settled by French Canadians, who historically worked in the local textile industry. The Whitin Cotton Mills at Linwood were the principal industry and are a good example of the industrial architecture of the 19th century.

Lou Reycroft

Lou Reycroft (born 1951) is an NHL scout for the New Jersey Devils. He was coach of the Cornell Big Red during a transition period in the mid-1980s. Reycroft has been an NHL scout for almost 30 years, working for both the Devils and the Calgary Flames.

Luther Rice

Luther Rice (25 March 1783 – 27 September 1836), was a Baptist minister who, after a thwarted mission to India, returned to America where he spent the remainder of his career raising funds for missions and advocating for the formation of a unified Baptist missionary-sending body, which culminated in establishment of the Southern Baptist Convention. He also raised funds to establish The Columbian College (now The George Washington University) in Washington, DC.

Mark Fidrych

Mark Steven Fidrych (; August 14, 1954 – April 13, 2009), nicknamed "The Bird", was a Major League Baseball pitcher. He pitched his entire career for the Detroit Tigers (1976–1980).

In 1976, Fidrych led the major leagues with a 2.34 ERA, won the AL Rookie of the Year award, and finished with a 19–9 record. Shortly after, injuries piled up and his major league career ended after just five seasons.

Mike Sherman

Michael Francis Sherman (born December 19, 1954) is an American gridiron football coach and former player who most recently was the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was the head coach of the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) from 2000 to 2005. Sherman led the Packers to five consecutive winning seasons from 2000–04 and three divisional titles in 2002, 2003, and 2004. He was also the head football coach at Texas A&M University from 2008 to 2011. He has also been a coach in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins. Before he started coaching in the NFL, he served as an assistant coach at five different colleges, including Texas A&M, where he coached the offensive line for seven seasons. He is one of only a few coaches that has been a head coach at the high school, college, CFL and NFL level.

Mount Pisgah (Massachusetts)

Mount Pisgah is the highest point in Northborough, Massachusetts.

Features of the land include:

Hardwood forest on former farmland

Two scenic vistas to the east and Boston, MA skyscrapers visible on a clear day

Connection to trails in Berlin, MA

92 acres (370,000 m2) of land owned by MassWildlife

Nathaniel Raymond

Nathaniel Raymond (born November 11, 1977) is an American human rights investigator, specializing in the investigation of war crimes, including mass killings and torture. Raymond directed the anti-torture campaign at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), and the utilization of satellite surveillance by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). Raymond advocates the use of intelligence by human rights groups and other non-governmental organizations.

New England Baseball Complex

The New England Baseball Complex (NEBC) is a 30-acre baseball complex in Northborough, Massachusetts owned by the New England Baseball Enterprises. The complex is home to the New England Ruffnecks.

In the NEBC's opening season, multiple colleges including Boston College Eagles against NC State Wolfpack in an Atlantic Coast Conference two game series. Other schools include Connecticut Huskies, WPI Engineers and Holy Cross Crusaders.Youth tournaments for ages 10 through 18 are held at the New England Baseball Complex quite often.The three fields are the size of Major League Baseball, Babe Ruth League, or high school and college fields. They can be converted into smaller fields such as those for Little League Baseball and other youth baseball associations for children 12 and under. Lacrosse and Soccer are also capable of being hosted at the NEBC.In the future, they plan to build indoor hitting tunnels, and a clubhouse for Ruffneck players and teams. They also plan for a performance training facility.

Oxford Academy

Oxford Academy may refer to:

Oxford Academy (California), Cypress, California

Oxford Academy (Connecticut), Westbrook, Connecticut

Oxford Academy, Oxfordshire, Oxford, United Kingdom

Oxford Academy & Central Schools, Oxford, New York

Oxford Academy for the Gifted, Northborough, Massachusetts

Sarah Beth Durst

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William Francis Allen

William Francis Allen (September 5, 1830 – December 9, 1889) was an American classical scholar and an editor of the first book of American slave songs.

Allen was born in Northborough, Massachusetts in 1830. He graduated Harvard College in 1851; later he traveled and studied in Europe. A Unitarian, he considered the ministry before deciding to pursue a literary and scholarly career. In 1856, he became assistant principal at the English and Classical School in West Newton, Massachusetts, headed by his cousin Nathaniel Topliff Allen. In 1862 he married a former student of the Allen School, Mary Tileston Lambert, daughter of Rev Henry and Catherine Porter Lambert, from West Newton. In 1863-4, during the Civil War, William and his wife Mary ran a school for newly emancipated slaves on the Sea Islands of South Carolina. His detailed journals about their this experience were published in A Yankee Scholar in Coastal South Carolina: William Allen's Civil War Journals. in 1864-5, he worked as a sanitary agent among black war refugees in Arkansas. He returned to the Lambert family home in West Newton, MA in 1865 in time for the birth of their daughter Katherine, followed by the death of his wife Mary one month later.

After the war, he taught at Antioch College, and in 1867, he became professor of ancient languages and history (afterwards Latin language and Roman history) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His daughter Katherine Lambert Allen joined him and his new family in Wisconsin: she later earned a bachelor's degree (1887) and PhD (1898) and became an instructor at the university. Allen was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1888. He died in December 1889.

He wrote prolifically for journals and magazines. His contributions to classical studies chiefly consist of schoolbooks published in the Allen (his brother Joseph Henry Allen) and Greenough series. The Slave Songs of the United States (1867), of which he was joint-editor with Charles Pickard Ware and Lucy McKim Garrison, was inspired by his work among the freedmen and the first book of its kind ever published.

Historical population
Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]
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