Metcalf, Holliston, Massachusetts

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The Metcalf Pump House, constructed c.1870, decommissioned 1899
The Metcalf Pump House, constructed c.1870, decommissioned 1899
Etymology: Named for landowner
Stephen Metcalf Jr., who lived at the intersection of Summer & Washington St. throughout the mid-19th century[1][2]
Nickname(s): Springville[1]
(de facto name circa 1850)
Coordinates: 42°11′0″N 71°26′43″W / 42.18333°N 71.44528°W / 42.18333; -71.44528Coordinates: 42°11′0″N 71°26′43″W / 42.18333°N 71.44528°W / 42.18333; -71.44528
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Elevation 244 ft (74 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 01746
Area code(s) 508
GNIS feature ID 611709[3]

Metcalf (rarely, Metcalfs) is an unincorporated village and former railway stop located in the town of Holliston in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The village does not have its own post office, and was formerly a stop for the Boston and Albany Railroad. Today it is characterized its historic pump house and several historic structures abutting the crossroads of Washington St. and Summer St.. Historically the village also had a schoolhouse and several small farms, but remains a residential community today with some light industry, and the local Fatima Shrine.


Metcalf does not have any borders defined by the United States Census Bureau, and throughout its history has lacked any defining boundaries aside from its central point at the intersection of Washington Street and Summer Street in Holliston, which is corroborated by the U.S. Geological Survey. From its appearance on several atlases the village appears to lie well within Underwood Street to the north and east, the Cedar Swamp at its west, and the Medway-Holliston border to its south.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b L.F.C. Loomis (1850). "Map of Holliston, Middlesex County, Mass." (Map). Triangular Survey by L.F.C. Loomis. 1:19,800 "100 rods to an inch". Holliston Public Library, Holliston, MA. 
  2. ^ Vital Records of Holliston, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society; Stanhope Press, F.H. Gilson Company. 1908. p. 244. Metcalf (see Medcalf)...Stephen Jr. [of Holliston] and Nancy Thurston of Tranklin [sic], int[ention to marry], Nov. 10, 1832 
  3. ^ a b "Metcalf". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved Jul 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "Holliston, MA Quadrangle, USGS 7.5 Minute Series". Historic USGS Maps of New England & NY. Government Information Dept, University of New Hampshire Library. 15 Jan 2002. Archived from the original on 21 Nov 2014. Retrieved 15 Jul 2015. 

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