Sutton Town Common
|• Type||Open town meeting|
| • Town|
| • Board of|
|• Total||33.9 sq mi (87.9 km2)|
|• Land||32.4 sq mi (83.9 km2)|
|• Water||1.6 sq mi (4.0 km2)|
|Elevation||706 ft (215 m)|
|• Density||260/sq mi (100/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern)|
|Area code(s)||508 / 774|
|GNIS feature ID||0619491|
A Nipmuc, John Wampas, visited England in the 1600s and deeded land in the Sutton area to Edward Pratt. Pratt sold interests in this land to others, and competing claims among them and the Nipmucs led to a General Court case in Massachusetts in 1704, which granted Pratt and his fellow proprietors an eight-mile-square section of land, which is now Sutton.
Three families were the first to settle on the land, that of Benjamin Marsh, Elisha Johnson and Nathaniel Johnson. Brothers Samuel and Daniel Carriel also occupied the Marsh family cabin. The "big snow" of 1717 completely buried their cabins. A friendly Indian found the cabin of the Johnson family only by seeing smoke from the chimney coming out of the snow. The Indian rescued the family, and as Mrs. Johnson recalled, "No voice ever sounded so sweet as that of that Indian down the chimney." Marsh served as a selectman, town moderator and in various other positions of responsibility as the town became established. Benjamin Marsh founded the town's Baptist church, which is the fourth oldest Baptist church in Massachusetts. He served as elder of the church, and was pastor from 1737 until his death in 1775. They settled on property in the area called Manchaug, near Marble Village. It is home of one of the oldest schoolhouses in America dating back to the 18th century, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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. Another area name is "Pleasant Valley," now known due to a golf course of the same name in Sutton.
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.
The town is part of the historic Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor and has several of its sites.
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) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), or 4.57%, is water.
The town contains five villages, known as Sutton Center, Manchaug, Wilkinsonville, West Sutton, and South Sutton. Located in the Blackstone Valley, Sutton shares its borders with the towns of Millbury, Grafton, Northbridge, Douglas, Uxbridge, and Oxford.
Purgatory Chasm State Reservation is located in the eastern part of town.
|* = population estimate. |
Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.
As of the 2010 U.S. Census there were 8,963 people residing in Sutton. As of the census of 2000, there were 8,250 people, 2,811 households, and 2,282 families residing in the town. The population density was 254.8 inhabitants per square mile (98.4/km2). There were 2,950 housing units at an average density of 91.1 per square mile (35.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.18% White, 0.68% African American, 0.01% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.70% of the population.
There were 2,811 households out of which 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.3% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.8% were non-families. 15.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.27.
In the town, the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $75,141, and the median income for a family was $81,000. Males had a median income of $53,482 versus $37,463 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,490. About 3.4% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.
Notable local business
- Vaillancourt Folk Art, chalkware collectible studios
- Whittier Farm, Farm Store
Sutton has an open town meeting type government. The current Town Moderator is Ken Stuart, who served as a Selectman prior to his election in 2015.
The town government in Sutton consists of the Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen. The current Town Manager is James A. Smith, and the current members of the Board of Selectmen are David Hall (since Oct 2012), Jesse Limanek (since May 2015), Wendy Mead (since May 2018), Jonathan Anderson (since Oct 2018), and Jeff Bannon (since May 2019).
Noteworthy Former Elected Officials
John Hebert, who served four terms on the Board of Selectmen, retired from public service in May 2019. Mr. Hebert had served Sutton for fifty years, first as a member of the Highway Department, then as a Patrolman for the Sutton Police, and then as the Chief of Police.
Paul Maynard, who served one term on the Board of Selectmen, retired from the Board in May 2017. Mr. Maynard has served Sutton for many years, including as the Chief of the Sutton Fire Department. Currently, Mr. Maynard serves on the Police Station Building Committee and is part of the Emergency Management Team.
Michael Chizy, who served eight terms on the Board of Selectmen, retired from the Board in May 2015. Mr. Chizy served Sutton for fifty years. In addition to serving on the BOS, he served on the Conservation Commission for seventeen years and the Council of Aging for 17 years. After retiring from the Board of Selectmen in 2015, the Sutton Food Pantry was renamed after him.
The public services in Sutton include the police, fire, and highway departments. The Police Department is located at 4 Uxbridge Road. A new Police station is currently under construction on Putnam Hill Road. The Fire Department has three stations, one in the center of town, one in the Wilkinsonville village, and one in the Manchaug village. The Sutton Highway Department is located at 25 Pleasant Valley Road.
Public schools in Sutton fall under the jurisdiction of Sutton Public School District. Sutton public schools consist of the Simonian Center for Early Learning, Sutton Elementary School, Sutton Middle School, and Sutton Memorial High School.
- Edward Putnam, early pioneer of Sutton (and the Edward Putnam House still stands in Sutton)
- Rufus Putnam, Revolutionary War general (and his home is pictured on the Sutton town seal)
- Solomon Sibley, first mayor of Detroit, Michigan, was born in Sutton
- Amos Singletary, Anti-Federalist Representative in the Massachusetts General Court
- Homer Sprague, Civil War Colonel, writer, and academic who served as president of the University of North Dakota and Mills College, among others
- Millbury (North)
- Grafton (Northeast)
- Northbridge (East)
- Uxbridge (Southeast)
- Douglas (South)
- Oxford (West)
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