Sutton, Massachusetts

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Sutton is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 8,250 at the 2000 census.

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History

Sutton was officially incorporated in 1704. The township of Sutton as incorporated consisted of an eight mile square tract of land that extended to Hassanamisco (Grafton). This region of Massachusetts was originally inhabited by the Nipmuck.

By 1735 Hassananmisco and a small portion of the northeastern territory of the Township of Sutton had incorporated as the town of Grafton. Millbury was set apart from Sutton in 1813. In early days Millbury was called North Parish. In the 1830s, Wilkinsonville (a section in north Sutton) took its own name; another area name is "Pleasant Valley" ; known now because of the golf course named that in Sutton.

Of the three first families to settle in Sutton, Alex Gosnel and his family were known to stay through the first winter. They settled on property in the area called Manchaug, near Marble Village. It is home of one of the oldest school houses in America dating back to the 18th century according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Through the 18th and 19th centuries Sutton was a town that enjoyed both agricultural and industrial benefits. The farms and orchards in the area did very well, as did the three large mills that were built in the Manchaug area.[1]

The town is part of the historic Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor and has some of its valley sites.[1]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 33.9 square miles (88 km2), of which, 32.4 square miles (84 km2) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) of it (4.57%) is water.

The town contains five villages known as Sutton Center, Manchaug, Wilkinsonville, West Sutton, and South Sutton. Located in an area known as the "Blackstone Valley," Sutton shares its borders with the towns of Millbury, Grafton, Northbridge, Douglas, Uxbridge, and Oxford.

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