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Wendell, Massachusetts
Wendell Meetinghouse
Wendell Meetinghouse
Official seal of Wendell, Massachusetts
Location in Franklin County in Massachusetts
Location in Franklin County in Massachusetts
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Franklin
Settled 1754
Incorporated 1781
 • Type Open town meeting
 • Total 32.2 sq mi (83.4 km2)
 • Land 31.9 sq mi (82.5 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
1,164 ft (355 m)
 • Total 924
 • Density 28.69/sq mi (11.079/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (Eastern)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 351/978
FIPS code 25-74525
GNIS feature ID 0618178

Wendell is a town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 924 at the 2020 census. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Wendell was first settled in 1754 and was officially incorporated in 1781. It was named after Judge Oliver Wendell of Boston. The town center has been listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.

On July 11, 2006, a strong F2 tornado moved through town, starting near Wickett Pond, traveling about 2.9 miles (4.7 km), and ending about a half mile east of New Salem Road. The path varied in width from 100 to 300 yards (91 to 274 m). The tornado knocked down trees, including an old maple tree, whose falling damaged gravestones in a historic cemetery in Wendell Center. While trees were downed and some structures damaged, no one was injured.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.2 square miles (83.4 km2), of which 31.9 square miles (82.5 km2) is land and 0.39 square miles (1.0 km2), or 1.15%, is water.

The town has two post offices. One (zip code 01379) is located approximately one mile south of the town center on Lockes Village Road, the other is listed as "Wendell Depot" (zip code 01380) -- near the location of the old train station in the days of passenger rail -- and the town is often listed as such on maps.

Wendell State Forest

Wendall State Park
Beaver hut in Ruggles Pond

Located south of the Millers River, Wendell State Forest covers 7,566 acres of rolling forested hills, streams, ponds, and trails. Purchased in the 1920s the area had been heavily burned during the early 1900s. Some of the park development and most of the road systems are attributed to Civilian Conservation Corps activities in the 1930s. Ruggles Pond is the main day-use area. This 10 acre pond offers crystal clear water for swimming and fishing. Picnic sites and a ball field with a pavilion are located nearby. There is a small boat launching ramp located at the Northern end of Wickett Pond. The Metacomet-Monadnock Trail traverses the forest boundaries and offers a small Adirondack shelter for trail users.


  • Wendell Old Home Day. Every summer, the Wendell community celebrates their wonderful, unique and creative community! The day kicks of with the kids parade then a full day of events including crafts and tag sales, a farmer's market, kids games and lots of great food booths. Throughout the afternoon enjoy musical events featuring gifted local musicians.
  • Wendell Full Moon Coffee House. The longest running Non-Profit venue in New England, where Every Show is for the Benefit of Local Environmental and Service Organizations.
  • Mount Mineral Music Festival. World Music Festival 1st week of June in the Hills of Wendell, Ma.
  • Deja Brew. A local brew pub with frequent musical events.
  • The Shadow Twisters. Top area Classic Rock combo headquartered in Wendell, plays at the Brew the first Saturday of every month.
  • North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Held in nearby Orange, MA The Garlic and Arts Festival is a weekend of fun, food, and fantastic community. Peace, Love and Garlic!


As of the census of 2000, there were 986 people, 378 households, and 224 families residing in the town. The population density was 30.8 people per square mile (11.9/km2). There were 439 housing units at an average density of 13.7 per square mile (5.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 92.49% White, 3.45% African American, 0.41% Asian, 1.32% from other races, and 2.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.42% of the population.

There were 378 households, out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.5% were non-families. Of all households 28.6% were made up of individuals, and 3.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 25.7% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 31.8% from 45 to 64, and 4.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $43,846, and the median income for a family was $60,147. Males had a median income of $32,639 versus $27,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,701. About 5.8% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 17.6% of those age 65 or over.


Wendall students attend elementary school at Swift River Elementary School in New Salem for K–6. High school students attend Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School in Orange for 7–12.

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