Location in Norfolk County in Massachusetts
|Incorporated||October 17, 1673|
|• Type||Open town meeting|
|• Total||22.9 sq mi (59.4 km2)|
|• Land||22.2 sq mi (57.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.7 sq mi (1.9 km2)|
|Elevation||253 ft (77 m)|
|• Density||493.5/sq mi (190.5/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern)|
|Area code(s)||508 / 774|
|GNIS feature ID||0618334|
Wrentham was first settled by the English in 1661 and officially incorporated in 1673. It was burned down during King Philip's War 1675-1676. In the nineteenth century, Wrentham was the site of Day's Academy. For a short time, Wrentham was the residence of the educational reformer Horace Mann. It is also known as one of the residences of Helen Keller.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 22.9 square miles (59 km2), of which 22.2 square miles (57 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (3.14%) is water. Wrentham is bordered by Norfolk on the north, Foxboro on the east, Plainville and Cumberland, Rhode Island on the south, Bellingham on the southwest, and Franklin on the west. It has two large lakes towards the center of town, Lake Pearl and Lake Archer, as well as Mirror Lake on the Wrentham/Norfolk border and numerous smaller lakes. Sheldonville, or West Wrentham, is a rural section of Wrentham located on the western leg of town. Sheldonville still maintains a unique identity as the old farming section of Wrentham, has active commercial orchards, and has its own ZIP code (02070). Wrentham drains into four watersheds. They are the Charles River to the North, the Taunton River to the East, the Blackstone River to the West, and the Ten Mile River to the South.
Wrentham is the only town of that name in the United States. It is named after the village of Wrentham, Suffolk, England. The only other Wrentham is Wrentham, Alberta. Wrentham, Massachusetts, is by far the most populous of the three.
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,554 people, 3,402 households, and 2,653 families residing in the town. The population density was 475.5 people per square mile (183.6/km²). There were 3,507 housing units at an average density of 158.0 per square mile (61.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.64% White, 0.61% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.79% of the population.
There were 3,402 households out of which 43.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.3% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.0% were non-families. 17.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.31.
In the town, the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $78,043.50, and the median income for a family was $89,058.99. Males had a median income of $58,776 versus $37,219 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,792.56. About 1.6% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.
Federally, Wrentham is part of Massachusetts's 4th congressional district, represented by Democrat Joseph Kennedy III, elected in 2012. One of the state's former members of the United States Senate is Republican Scott Brown, a resident of Wrentham, who was elected via special election on January 19, 2010 and served until January 2013.
The Wrentham Elementary School consists of three buildings which separate the different grade levels. There is the Delaney Elementary School for the lowest grades, the Vogel Elementary School for a mix of lower grades and unified arts, and the Roderick Elementary School for the highest grades (up to grade 6). All 3 of these buildings are located on one Wrentham Elementary School campus located off of Taunton St & Randall Rd in the center of Wrentham. King Philip Regional High School is located on Franklin St and is the high school for students from Wrentham, Norfolk, and Plainville. Students in middle school attend King Philip Regional Middle School in Norfolk, MA. Surrounding high schools, such as Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin, MA, as well as the Catholic Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, MA, are also available to Wrentham students.
Wrentham is a member of the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority.
Ayla Marie Brown (born July 28, 1988) is an American recording artist from Wrentham, Massachusetts and former NCAA basketball player. She was a contestant on American Idol on season 5 in 2006 and placed inside the Top 16. Shortly after the season's conclusion, Brown attended Boston College on a full basketball scholarship, and graduated in 2010 with a communications degree.
Brown is the elder daughter of former United States Senator of Massachusetts and current United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, Scott Brown, and NH1 News reporter Gail Huff. She is the sixth leading scorer in Massachusetts basketball history, male or female, a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year, and was named the top female basketball player in Massachusetts. Brown has released two full-length studio albums, is a spokesperson for the Songs of Love Foundation, and currently serves as the official anthem singer of the Philadelphia 76ers.Charlotte W. Hawes
Charlotte White Hawes (7 February 1840 - 5 Sep 1926) was an American composer, lecturer, music educator, poet and critic from Massachusetts. "God Bless the Soldier", written in 1890, was dedicated to the Grand Army of the Republic.Frederick D. Ely
Frederick David Ely (September 24, 1838 – August 6, 1921) was a United States Representative from Massachusetts. He was born in Wrentham, Massachusetts.
Ely attended Day’s Academy and graduated from Brown University in 1859. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice at Dedham. He was a trial justice, was elected a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and served in the Massachusetts State Senate. He was also a member of the Dedham school committee.
Ely was elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress and resumed the practice of law,and did serve as justice of the Municipal Court of Boston 1888-1914.
He died in Dedham on August 6, 1921 and was buried in Old Parish Cemetery.Garth Snow
Garth E. Snow (born July 28, 1969) is an American former professional ice hockey goaltender and former general manager, president and alternate governor of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the sixth round of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, Snow began his NHL career in the 1993–94 season, playing for the Nordiques, Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders, with which he retired with after the 2005–06 season.George Park Fisher
George Park Fisher (August 10, 1827 – December 20, 1909) was an American theologian and historian who was noted as a teacher and a prolific writer.Jake Layman
Jake Douglas Layman (born March 7, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He completed his college career for the University of Maryland while earning a bachelor's degree in American Studies.Jason Chandler
Jason Chandler (born March 24, 1969) is the lead vocalist for the rock band The Frustrators.He attended King Philip High School in Wrentham, Massachusetts, where he met fellow future Frustrator, Art Tedeschi. Chandler and Tedeschi were both in the bands Thrash Frog and Violent Anal Death. Chandler's first band, which included his brother Adam, was formed in his sixth grade year and was called Sliced For Chops.John F. Cowell
John Francis Cowell (March 3, 1852 – May 1, 1915) was an American botanist. He was the first director of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Cowell was born in Wrentham, Massachusetts and studied law in Boston.
Cowell practiced law in St. Paul, Minnesota and moved to Buffalo, New York in 1874. He was a school principal and professor of botany at the University at Buffalo before accepting the position of director of the botanical gardens in 1894.
He died of a heart attack while collecting plants in East Aurora, New York.Jon Syverson
Jonathan Syverson (born August 21, 1980, in Wrentham, Massachusetts) is an American musician, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, best known as the drummer of the mathcore band Daughters from 2002 to present. He has also handled drumming duties for As The Sun Sets, and The Color of Violence. Recently Jon also joined up with another Providence band called Snowbird. Snowbird, has Jon on drums along with another drummer Steve Murphy
He was the main songwriter for As The Sun Sets and would often record guitars or bass in the studio for technical parts that he had written. When As The Sun Sets disbanded in 2002, he formed Daughters with long-time friend and band mate Alexis S.F. Marshall and Jeremy Wabiszczewicz and was at first the main songwriters for that band. Daughters then recruited Nicholas Andrew Sadler to play guitar and share song writing duties with Jon. Jon and Nicholas had both been guitar players (with Jon later taking over drum duties) in the Providence, Rhode Island based band Crippler Crossface which Nicholas joined when he was 15 years old. Crippler Crossface also featured Alexis S.F. Marshall as vocalist. For a brief period during his days as drummer for As The Sun Sets he also played guitar in a band with Mark Castillo of Bury Your Dead.
He has many projects and bands that are still currently active touring, writing music or doing studio work. He was asked in 2008 to record drums for The Color of Violence featuring two current members of From First to Last; drummer Derek Bloom and guitarist/backup vocalist Travis Richter. No word as to whether Jon will play drums in a live setting with TCOV and no shows have been announced.Massachusetts Route 115
Route 115 is a short south–north highway in southeastern Massachusetts. The route connects several small towns in western Norfolk County, ending just into Middlesex County in Sherborn.Massachusetts Route 140
Route 140 is a 107.8-mile (173.5 km) long state highway which passes through parts of southeastern and central Massachusetts. The highway follows a southeast-northwest trajectory, running from U.S. Route 6 in New Bedford just north of Buzzards Bay northwest to an intersection with Route 12 in Winchendon, a few miles south of the border with New Hampshire.The southern 19 miles (30 km) of Route 140 between New Bedford and Taunton is a freeway known as the Alfred M. Bessette Memorial Highway, or more commonly, the Taunton-New Bedford Expressway.Original Congregational Church of Wrentham
The Original Congregational Church of Wrentham is a historic church at 1 East and 22 Dedham Streets in Wrentham, Massachusetts. The present church is a Greek Revival structure built in 1834 for a congregation (Wrentham's first) formed in 1692. The church, which occupies a prominent position in the center of Wrentham, has a four-stage tower (rebuilt after the New England Hurricane of 1938), and a tetrastyle Doric portico. The building underwent a modernizing renovation in 1878, at which time many of the windows were modified to have rounded tops; many of these changes were reversed during renovations in the 1950s.The church building was listed the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.Plimpton–Winter House
The Plimpton–Winter House is a historic house at 127 South Street in Wrentham, Massachusetts. This two-story wood frame house, built in 1868, is Wrentham's finest Italianate house. It has the boxy shape and low hip roof with bracketed eave, elements that are typical of the style, along with a front entry porch with bracketed cornice and balustrade above. Its first owner, Francis Plimpton, was president of the First National Bank of Wrentham for forty years, and its second owner, Murray Winter, was co-owner of a local factory.The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.Preston Ware
Preston Ware Jr. (August 12, 1821 – January 29, 1890) was a US chess player. He is best known today for playing unorthodox chess openings.
Ware was born in Wrentham, Massachusetts, and died in Boston, Massachusetts.Richard J. Ross
Richard J. Ross is the former Massachusetts State Senator for the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex districts, which includes parts of Attleboro, Franklin, Natick, and Wellesley, and all of North Attleboro, Ross's home town of Wrentham, Plainville, Norfolk, Millis, Sherborn, Wayland, and Needham. He is a Republican, and currently serves as the Senate Minority Whip.Roebuck Tavern
The Roebuck Tavern is a historic tavern at 21 Dedham Street in Wrentham, Massachusetts. The two-story Federal style structure was built in 1795 by David Fisher, whose family was one of the earliest to settle the area in the 17th century. Fisher operated a tavern, which would have been successful, as Wrentham was then a stop on the stagecoach route between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island. The building remained in the Fisher family until 1910.The tavern was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.The Sun Chronicle
The Sun Chronicle (formerly The Attleboro Sun and the Evening Chronicle) is a daily newspaper in Attleboro, Massachusetts, United States. Most of its readers are in Attleboro and North Attleborough, Massachusetts, but it also covers nearby Foxborough, Mansfield, Norfolk, Norton, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, and Wrentham, Massachusetts.
The Sun Chronicle office also publishes the weekly Foxboro Reporter, weekly North Chronicle, weekly shopper Entertainment ADvisor, and the Silver City Bulletin in Taunton, Massachusetts.
In February 2005, The Sun Chronicle began publishing in the morning after decades as an afternoon newspaper.The Sun Chronicle head office is located at 34 South Main Street in Attleboro, Massachusetts.Wrentham State School
The Wrentham Developmental Center, formerly Wrentham State School, is a historic state-run medical facility for the treatment of psychiatric and developmental disorders. It is located on a large campus at the junction of Emerald and North Streets in Wrentham, Massachusetts. The school was authorized by the state in 1906, and the first phase of the campus was developed between 1909 and 1917. The school opened in 1910. The school had a typical patient population of 1,200-1,300 during the 1920s. The name was changed in the 1990s. The school campus was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.Wrentham Village Premium Outlets
The Wrentham Village Premium Outlets is an open-air outlet power center owned by the Simon Property Group. It is located off I-495 and Route 1A in Wrentham, Massachusetts. The facility opened in 1997, and was expanded in 1998, 1999, and 2000. With 616,000 sq ft (57,200 m2) and 170 retailers, it has been credited as the reason for the downfall of the nearby, smaller Worcester Common Outlets, which closed in 2006, as well as the Cape Cod Factory Outlet Mall, which closed in 2011.. In September of 2018, the Simon Property Group began a multiphase and multimillion-dollar renovation project for the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets. The project which is set to be completed by the end of 2019 will include New landscaping and lighting, New signs, digital directories, facades, welcome center, redesigned courtyards remodeled restrooms, new play area, and free Wi-Fi throughout the center.
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Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.
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