Welcome! Login | Register
 

Friday Financial Five – December 19th, 2014—Congress finally approved retroactive individual tax breaks

REPORT: Rondo Trade to Dallas is VERY Close—Celtics on the verge of trading Rondo

Massachusetts Adds 13,500 Jobs in November—The executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development…

RE/MAX New England: Pending Sales in Massachusetts Are Up—RE/MAX of New England's November Monthly Housing Report…

See A Christmas Carol at The Hanover Theatre with Your WOO Card—The weekend is fast approaching, and GoLocalWorcester brings…

Statement From Congressman McGovern: Regarding The Presidents U.S.- Cuba Policy and Alan Gross—Congressman McGovern speaks on the Presidents new US-Cuba…

Giorgio: Dick Cheney Needs to Stop Torturing Us—Just when you thought it was safe

National Academy of Inventors Names UMass Medical Professor the 2014 Fellow—UMass Medical Professor Phillip D. Zamore, PhD. has…

Bravehearts Release Schedule, Futures League Makes Changes—Worcester Bravehearts release their 2015 regular season schedule…

Horowitz: Game-Changing Global Climate Change Agreement Reached—For the first time ever, nearly all the…

 
 

Winchendon #65: Central MA’s Best Communities

Monday, June 25, 2012

 

Winchendon

WInchendon is 65th in GoLocal's Best Communities ranking.  

Dubbed “Toy Town” because of all of the wooden toys manufactured in town, Winchendon’s tribute to its history is a 12 foot high hobby horse. This town on the New Hampshire border is continuing in its manufacturing tradition, as the Saloom Furniture Company is the largest employer in town.

While Winchendon is ranked 8th in affordability, the town’s overall ranking is brought down by a 67th place rank for education and a 65th place rank for safety. It’s 28th place ranking for restaurants is slightly above average.

Clyde, a 12 foot replica of a hobby horse, is on display in town. Photo courtesy of Doug Kerr

Winchendon by the numbers

Established: 1764
Population: 10,300
Median household income: $58,582
Median housing price: $119,150

2012 Best Communities rankings
Overall ranking: 65
Affordability ranking: 8
Education ranking: 67
Economic condition ranking: 54
Safety ranking: 65
Arts & Culture ranking: 51

History in a nutshell:

Members of the Massachusetts Bay Colony from Ipswich, Canada, petitioned for its incorporation, which was granted in 1764 and consequently renamed Winchendon. In the early years of industrialization it was nicknamed Shingleton for its high production of wooden shingles. In the late 1800s the Converse Toy & Woodenware Company was formed, which, in 1912, built the original Giant Rocking Horse--12 feet tall, named Clyde. 

Famous residents:  

Levi P Morton, US Vice President
William Barrett Washburn, Massachusetts governor
Lawton Walter "Whitey" Witt, MLB player
 

Notable residents source: Wikipedia 
Additional reporting by Grace Fenton

 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.