|• Type||Open town meeting|
|• Total||13.1 sq mi (33.9 km2)|
|• Land||12.4 sq mi (32.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)|
|Elevation||743 ft (226 m)|
|• Density||194.2/sq mi (75.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0618185|
In 1730 the Town of Holland was settled by Joseph Blodgett, whose descendants still live in the town today. The Town was named after Lord Holland, an English statesman who lobbied for independence for the American colonies. The town was incorporated on July 5, 1783, and is rich with history.
Holland is located in the southeast corner of Hampden County in Western Massachusetts. The town is twelve point four square miles in area. It contains the Quinnebaug River and the Hamilton Reservoir, one of the largest reservoirs in southern New England. It is nestled amongst two hill ranges, where elevations reach up to 1,100 feet.
Throughout the years, Holland has remained an example of the charm and beauty of the traditional New England village. At different times, it has sustained industries such as farming, the manufacturing of cloth, and brick making. To this day, Holland is known most for its recreational opportunities. There are extensive recreational facilities at the Hamilton Reservoir, which is stocked with trout each year by the state of Massachusetts. There is also a park and a swimming area at the very picturesque Lake Siog. This small town remains as alive and healthy today as it was 215 years ago.
Unfortunately, the 200-year old town hall was destroyed in a horrendous fire in December 1995. The new Town Hall, which was dedicated on July 11, 1998, stands as a testament to the courage and character of the 2,300 residents of this wonderful town. I want to acknowledge this town and its residents as they celebrate their new Town Hall as well as their 215th anniversary.
The most famous resident was a member of George Washington's honor guard.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.1 square miles (34 km2), of which, 12.4 square miles (32 km2) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it (5.34%) is water. Holland is bounded on the east by Sturbridge; on the south by Union, Connecticut; on the west by Wales; and on the north by Brimfield. Holland is equidistant between Springfield and Worcester, a distance of approximately 30 miles (48 km). Holland is also within commuting distance (approximately 35 miles) from Hartford, Connecticut, as it is located along the Interstate 84 corridor on the Massachusetts-Connecticut border.
|* = population estimate.
Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.
As of the census of 2000 there were 2,407 people, 898 households, and 668 families residing in the town. The population density was 194.2 people per square mile (75.0/km²). There were 1,317 housing units at an average density of 106.3 per square mile (41.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.97% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.83% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.41% of the population.
There were 898 households out of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.5% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families. 18.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the town the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 103.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $52,073, and the median income for a family was $57,024. Males had a median income of $40,636 versus $29,010 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,770. About 6.5% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.
Holland Elementary School, serving grades preschool-6, has its own school committee, part of School Union 61. The town is considering merging its elementary school with Wales'. Holland students attend Tantasqua Regional Junior High School (grades 7-8) and Tantasqua Regional High School in Sturbridge. Union 61 and the Tantasqua district share administrators, including the superintendent, and both include Brimfield, Brookfield, Holland, Sturbridge and Wales.
- Carl Beane (1952-2012), announcer at Fenway Park from 2003 until his death in 2012.
- Joel Crouse (1992–Present), American country music singer
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