Princeton, Massachusetts

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Princeton is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States.

It is bordered on the east by Sterling and Leominster, on the north by Westminster, on the northwest by Hubbardston, on the southwest by Rutland, and on the southeast by Holden.

The preeminent landmark within Princeton is Mount Wachusett, which straddles the line between Princeton and Westminster but the entrance to which is within Princeton. According to tradition, in 1675, Mary Rowlandson was ransomed upon Redemption Rock, now within the town of Princeton, by King Philip.

The population was 3,353 at the 2000 census.



Princeton was created in 1759, out of land that was once part of Rutland. It was named after the Rev. Thomas Prince.[1] In 1810, it annexed a piece of Hubbardston, and in 1870, it annexed a piece of Westminster.

Register of Historic Places

Princeton has four entries on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • East Princeton Village Historic District — Roughly Main St., Leominster Rd. (added April 18, 2004)
  • Fernside-Vacation House for Working Girls — 162 Mountain Rd. (added July 27, 2002)
  • Princeton Center Historic District — Jct. of Hubbardston and Mountain Rds. (added March 26, 1999)
  • West Village Historic District - Jct. of Allen Hill and Hubbardston Roads

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