New Braintree, Massachusetts

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New Braintree is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 927 at the 2000 census.

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History

New Braintree was first settled in 1709 and was officially incorporated in 1751.

It has been the home of the Massachusetts State Police Academy since 1992. Governor Michael Dukakis had proposed and began construction of a controversial state prison in the late 1980s on this site, but was met with heavy opposition by the town and a group called C.O.S.T. (Conserve Our Small Town). Governor William Weld was elected and ceased the construction of the prison. The state police training academy now occupies the grounds and buildings of the former Seventh Day Adventist Academy called Pioneer Valley Academy. In the photo shown, one can see the school's former boys' and girls' dormitories with the cafeteria in between and the water tower to the right of the boys' dormitory. The school opened its doors in 1966 and closed in the late 1980s.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.9 square miles (54.0 km²), of which, 20.7 square miles (53.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.72%) is water.

New Braintree borders Barre to the north, Oakham to the east, Spencer to the southeast, West Brookfield and North Brookfield to the south, Ware to the southwest and Hardwick to the west.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 927 people, 318 households, and 267 families residing in the town. The population density was 44.8 people per square mile (17.3/km²). There were 328 housing units at an average density of 15.8/sq mi (6.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.14% White, 0.22% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.11% Asian, and 0.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.32% of the population.

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