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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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Wayside Inn, Sudbury MA
Wayside Inn
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Location in Middlesex County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°23′N 71°25′W / 42.383, -71.417Coordinates: 42°23′N 71°25′W / 42.383, -71.417
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Settled 1638
Incorporated 1639
 • Type Open town meeting
 • Total 24.6 sq mi (63.8 km2)
 • Land 24.4 sq mi (63.1 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Elevation 190 ft (58 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 17,659
 • Density 720/sq mi (280/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01776
Area code(s) 351 / 978
FIPS code 25-68260
GNIS feature ID 0618237

Sudbury is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 17,659.[1] The town, located in Boston's MetroWest, has a rich colonial history.


The town was incorporated in 1639. At that time, the boundaries Sudbury included (by 1653) all what is now of Wayland (which split off in 1780), and parts of Framingham, Marlborough, Stow and Maynard.[2] The Sudbury Center Historic District has changed little since 1800.

Sudbury also contributed the most militia during King Philip's War and was the site of a native raid. One main contributor was Ephraim Curtis who put up only victories for the militia of West Sudbury.[3][4]:24–75 Sudbury militia participated in the Battle of Lexington and Concord, in 1775, where Sudbury members sniped on British Red Coats returning to Boston.

One of Sudbury's historic landmarks, the Wayside Inn, claims to be the country's oldest operating inn, built and run by the Howe family for many generations. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote Tales of a Wayside Inn, a book of poems published in 1863. In the book, the poem The Landlord's Tale was the source of the immortal phrase "listen my children and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere." The property was owned, restored and expanded by Henry Ford between 1923 and 1940. The expansion included a boys school, the Old Grist Mill, the Martha-Mary Chapel and the Redstone Schoolhouse, reputed to be the school in Sarah Josepha Hale's nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb, which was moved from Sterling.[5] However, Giuseppi Cavicchio's refusal to sell his water rights scuttled Henry Ford's plans to build an auto parts factory at the site of Charles O. Parmenter's mill in South Sudbury.[6]

In August 1925, a Sudbury farm was the scene of a riot between local members of the Ku Klux Klan and Irish-American youths from the area. Five people were wounded by gunshots, and the State Police arrested over 100 Klansmen. Massachusetts officials cracked down on the group's meetings theafter, and the area Klan died out.[6]

In the post-war period, Sudbury experienced rapid growth in population and industry. Defense contractor Raytheon became a major employer after opening a large research facility in Sudbury in 1958. Another major employer in that period was Sperry Rand. In the 1970s, the town was home to many of the engineers working in the minicomputer revolution at Digital Equipment Corporation in nearby Maynard. Sudbury was also one of the largest carnation-growing towns, with many greenhouse operations.

Residentially, Sudbury's 1-acre (4,000 m2) zoning bylaws helped the town maintain a more rural character through the 1970s and 1980s, when developments of single-family Colonials and large Capes established it as an affluent location. Commercial growth was restricted to the town's main thoroughfare, US Route 20, and significant tracts of open space—including much wetland—were preserved in the northern half of town. As subdivisions of large homes continued to be constructed well into the 1990s, Sudbury became one of the wealthiest towns in Massachusetts.

Contrary to local legend, the town's ZIP code of 01776 was not specially assigned in recognition of the town's historical connections to the Revolutionary War, according to the Sudbury Historical Society.


Sudbury Signpost

An antique granite road marker along Route 27 in the town's center

Sudbury in 1856 from Walling's

Sudbury in 1856

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 24.6 square miles (64 km2), of which 24.4 square miles (63 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), or 1.06%, is water. The highest point in Sudbury is on the north slope of Nobscot Hill, and the highest summit is Tippling Rock,[7] which commands a great view of the west of Boston and the tops of the Hancock and Prudential buildings in downtown.

Sudbury is bordered by Wayland on the east; Framingham on the south; Hudson, Maynard, Marlborough, and Stow on the west; Concord on the northeast; and Acton on the north. A larger town, Sudbury also shares a common corner with Lincoln, with which it shares a regional high school. Sudbury is 20 miles (32 km) west of Boston, 26 miles (42 km) east of Worcester, and 194 miles (312 km) from New York City.

The area of original town of Sudbury in 1650 included most of the area within the present towns of Wayland and Maynard and all of the area within the present town of Sudbury.[8]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1850 1,578
1860 1,691 +7.2%
1870 2,091 +23.7%
1880 1,178 −43.7%
1890 1,197 +1.6%
1900 1,150 −3.9%
1910 1,120 −2.6%
1920 1,121 +0.1%
1930 1,182 +5.4%
1940 1,754 +48.4%
1950 2,596 +48.0%
1960 7,447 +186.9%
1970 13,506 +81.4%
1980 14,027 +3.9%
1990 14,358 +2.4%
2000 16,841 +17.3%
2010 17,659 +4.9%

As of the census[19] of 2000, there were 16,841 people, 5,504 households, and 4,749 families residing in the town. The population density was 691.1 people per square mile (266.8/km²). There were 5,590 housing units at an average density of 229.4 per square mile (88.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.23% White, 0.80% African American, 0.03% Native American, 3.72% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.24% of the population.

There were 5,504 households out of which 51.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.5% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.7% were non-families. 11.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the town the population was spread out with 32.5% under the age of 18, 3.2% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $151,041, and the median income for a family is $222,008. Males had a median income of $148,593 versus $47,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $75,865. About 2.1% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.

The median home price is $759,405.[20]

Sudbury was ranked in 2005 as the best town in Massachusetts in which to raise a family.[21]


Sudbury students in kindergarten through eighth grade attend Sudbury Public Schools, while high school students attend schools in the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School District, which was established in 1954, integrating the former Sudbury High School with that of the nearby town of Lincoln, Massachusetts. In June 2002, the towns of Lincoln and Sudbury began a $74 million dollar project to build a new high school near the site of the original building. The shared Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (LSRHS) is located in Sudbury.

The high school's science program student team won the 2006 National Ocean Sciences Bowl championship, and came in 2nd in 2005. LSRHS has a nationally recognized school newspaper and school yearbook, "The Forum" and "DYAD" respectively.

There are four elementary schools in Sudbury and one middle school. The four elementary schools are:

  • Josiah Haynes Elementary School
  • Israel Loring Elementary School
  • Gen. John Nixon Elementary School
  • Peter Noyes Elementary School

The middle school is:

  • Ephraim Curtis Middle School (The building is notable for its prudent use of natural lighting)

Sudbury has two former elementary schools that were converted to other uses:

  • Fairbank Elementary School is now a community center, and the central office for the school district.
  • Horse Pond Elementary School is now the main Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory.

In 2011, Boston magazine ranked Sudbury's school system 4th in the state, in both of its categories (classroom/academics & Testing/Achievement scores). [1]

Places of worship[]

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Sudbury's First Parish Church

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The town's Presbyterian Church

Notable residents[]

  • Horace Abbott,[24] iron manufacturer
  • Ralph Adams Cram, architect, resided in Sudbury on Concord Road and built his family their own private chapel which is now owned and operated by Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church
  • Coco Crisp, lived here during some of his time with the Boston Red Sox
  • Matthew Delaney, author
  • Dennis Eckersley, baseball Hall of Famer, lived on Morse Road prior to his years with the Boston Red Sox and on Plympton Road during and after his years with the Red Sox
  • Chris Evans, actor
  • Scott Evans, actor
  • Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, lived in Sudbury during parts of the 1920s and 1930s
  • Mike Gordon, bassist for Phish
  • Robert L. Gordon III, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense
  • Michelle Gorgone, Olympic Snowboarder[25]
  • Edward Hallowell, psychiatrist, author, and specialist on ADD/ADHD.
  • Eddie House, NBA champion with the Boston Celtics
  • Stephen Huneck, artist and writer
  • Tyler Jewell, Olympic Snowboarder[26]
  • Michael Kolowich, documentary film maker and technology entrepreneur
  • Tony Massarotti, Sports reporter for The Boston Globe.
  • John Nixon, General in the Continental Army during the American Revolution
  • Shaquille O'Neal, Four-time NBA champion, 2000 NBA MVP, fifteen-time NBA All-Star, rapper, actor, and current Inside the NBA analyst.
  • Paula Poundstone, comedienne
  • Edmund Rice, co-founder and early resident of the town 1638–1656
  • Ashley Richardson (also known as Ashley Montana), model
  • Babe Ruth, baseball Hall of Famer. He lived on Dutton Road called Home Plate Farm, formerly known as Elm Farm at the Perry homestead. Even after Ruth was traded to the New York Yankees he still wintered in Sudbury. A footnote to the Curse of the Bambino claims that Babe Ruth's piano rests at the bottom of Willis Pond in western Sudbury near what was once his home.
  • Fred Smerlas, five-time NFL Pro Bowler
  • Mark Roopenian- Former NFL Linebacker
  • Jarrod Shoemaker, world class Olympian and Triathlete
  • Callie Thorne, actress on Rescue Me

Sister cities[]

Sudbury has friendly relations with Akbarpur, Ramabai Nagar in India.

See also[]

  • Greater Boston
  • MetroWest
  • Open town meeting


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