Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Holliston, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Holliston.
Holliston Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Holliston was ranked 254th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 222nd in 2012. However, it was 216th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” declining from 228th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Holliston
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Holliston area for decades. We know the landscape and we have good relationships with local police and fire officials. Our team of employees (200 strong and growing) live in the communities we serve, this means our customers are our neighbors.
Origin of Holliston
Holliston, then part of Sherborn, was first settled in 1659 by the Massachusetts Bay Puritans. By 1724, thirty-four families called the town home. However, they thought it was too far to attend meetings and take care of business in Sherborn. They petitioned Sherborn officials to allow them to break off as a separate town, which they voted to do. They were incorporated as a town by the Massachusetts the same year. The town was named for Thomas Hollis, of London, a benefactor of Harvard College.
What Holliston is Known for
The Mudville neighborhood of Holliston claims to be the location of the 1888 Ernest Lawrence Thayer poem, “Casey at the Bat,” and maintains an ongoing rivalry with Stockton, California, which makes the same claim.
The town was once the largest producer of shoes in the United States. Many of the shoe factories, however, have been lost – some to fires. The largest of the companies the Goodwill Shoe Company, still has remaining empty factories on Water Street, many of which now house artists’ studios
Listing of Holliston Favorites
Holliston Superette, 777 Washington St., Holliston, MA 01746
Anthony’s on the Green, 212 Prentice St., Holliston, MA 01746
Bazels Sub & Pizza Shop, 1568 Washington St., Holliston, MA 01746
Casey’s Crossing, 81 Railroad St., Holliston, MA 01746
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
Holliston Balancing Rock: On the north side of Route 16 heading into Milford sits a large rock some 20 feet long, 10 feet long, and six feet thick. The rock, which appears to be balanced precariously on an outcrop of granite ledge. As legend has it: on November 6, 1789, General George Washington and his men traveled from Boston to New York via this route. When the men came across this “Balancing Rock,” they decided to have some fun and tried to tip the rock over – Washington, too. However, their efforts as well as the efforts of many other people over the years failed to topple the rock.
The Asa Whiting House: Colonel Asa Whiting, a member of the Massachusetts Militia, built this Georgian Federal home on Washington Street around about 1812 close to the road. The house was moved back away from the road to its present location in the early 1930s. It was set on a new foundation, and porches were added on each end of the house. Asa Whiting, who was born in Holliston in 1782, lived in the house until he died in 1858. The Holliston Historical Society, which bought the property in 1967, rents it out for weddings and other private events.
The Bullard Memorial Farm: Benjamin Bullard first settled there around 1652. The land was purchased from local Native Americans, Originally the farm was called the Bullard Colonial Farm, but not it’s known as The Bullard Memorial Farm. The earliest Bullards were direct descendants of John and Robert Bullard who came to America from England in 1635. The land was cleared and farmed through the first decade of the 21st century. There are nine buildings on site. The property and land, as well as a historic cow tunnel, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Famous People from (or Who Lived in) Holliston
Jo Dee Messina was born – and raised – in Holliston on August 25, 1970. Messina is a country music singer/songwriter. Messina has had six number one singles on the Billboard country music charts. She has been honored by the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. Messina
Albert Perry Rockwood was born in Holliston on June 5, 1805. Rockwood was an early leader of the Latter-Day Saints and member of the First Seven Presidents of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rockwood was part of the first group of Mormon pioneers, which also included Brigham Young, to arrive in the Salt Lake Valley in July 1847. He died in Sugar House, Utah Territory on November 15, 1879.
Kevin Systrom was born in Holliston on December 30, 1983. An American entrepreneur and software engineer, Systrom is the co‑founder of Instagram and advocate of OxNotes Education. He spent two years at Google where he worked on Gmail, Google Reader, and other products. Systrom lives in San Francisco.