Wrentham, Massachusetts

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Wrentham is an affluent town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 10,554 at the 2000 census.



Wrentham was first settled by the English in 1660 and was officially incorporated in 1673. It was burned down during King Philip's War 1675-1676. For a short time it was the residence of the 19th Century 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 (59.4 km²), of which, 22.2 square miles (57.5 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (3.14%) is water. 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 rather than Wrentham's 02093). Scott Brown, a U.S. Senator from Massachuesetts, lives in Wrentham. One of his daughters is Ayla Brown (singer from American Idol).


As of the census2 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/sq mi (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.

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