Town Spotlight: Dudley MA

Town Spotlight: Dudley MA

Dudley is a small college town located in the central part of Massachusetts, in the County of Worcester. The town was incorporated in 1732 and encompasses 22 square miles. Dudley’s humble beginnings were in agriculture and textiles.

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Modern Dudley still shows signs of its rural background with poultry and dairy farms, but it is also home to modern manufacturing facilities, abundant service industries and well-respected school systems. Modern Dudley still has some small town charm and designates three of its roadways as “scenic roads”. The population is approximately 11,055 and includes a labor force of over 5,800.

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Interesting facts about Dudley…In April 1776, on his way to New York City from Boston, after his victory in the Siege of Boston, General George Washington camped in the town of Dudley with the Continental Army along what is now a portion of Route 31 near the Connecticut border. During the trip, it is rumored that a “large cache” of captured and recovered British weaponry and supplies was ordered “concealed in the grounds” in the rural area along the route. The cache, hidden to resupply reinforcements from Massachusetts or to cover a retreat from the south, were never used or recorded as having been recovered.

Dudley was also the primary manufacturer of “Brogan boots” worn by the Union Army and produced the majority of the standard issue Union uniforms worn during the Civil War.

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