The Town of Dudley was incorporated in 1732. We are governed by the Dudley Town Bylaws with a five member Board of Selectmen and a Town Administrator. Our Annual Town Meeting is held on the last Monday in May and the second session for the consideration of financial articles and other business shall be held in the fall, with the Board of Selectmen voting on the date in June.
In Fiscal Year 2021 Dudley’s population is 11,155 and we have 7943 registered voters. Out of the registered voters, 1464 are registered as Democrats, 1152 as Republican, 48 as United Independent Party, 49 as Libertarian and 5189 as Unenrolled, and 41 as All Others.
Dudley consists of 22 square miles with 90.2 miles of roads. There are three scenic roads, Baker Pond Road, Hayden Pond Road, and Marsh Road.
There were 1,645 dog tags issued, 34 Marriages recorded, 93 Births recorded, and 92 deaths.
The Dudley Municipal Complex located at 71 West Main Street houses the majority of the town departments and the Police Department. The Fire Department is located at 128 West Main Street and the Highway Department and Recycling Center are located on Indian Road.
Dudley is part of the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District. We have Mason Road School located at 20 Mason Road that serves Kindergarten – grade 1; Dudley Elementary School at 16 School Street serves grades 2-4; Dudley Middle School located at 70 Dudley-Oxford Road serves grades 5-8 and Shepherd Hill Regional High School that serves Grades 9-12. Dudley is also home to the Southern Worcester County Education Collaborative located at 185 Southbridge Rd. as well as being part of the Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational School District with Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in Charlton being our vocational school for students grades 9-12.
Dudley has a wonderful library, Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library located at 40 Schofield Ave. The library provides its residents with adult and children programs, literacy programs, public access to computers, downloadable e-books and audiobooks, and a friendly, helpful staff.
Dudley has many Churches –to name a few… St. Andrew Bobola Roman Catholic Church at 54 West Main Street, St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church at 24 Dudley Hill Road, Dudley Congregational Church at 124 Center Road, Calvary Assembly of God at 105 Southbridge Road (Route 131) and New Hope Church at 3 Saenger Street.
We have several recreation areas – Merino Pond Town Beach located behind Mason Rd. Elementary School, Crawford Memorial Field (Little League) on School Street, Pine Street Park, and Carmignani Memorial (Fun Zone) Playground located on the grounds of the Dudley Municipal Complex.
Dudley has five town-owned cemeteries – Village Cemetery on Dudley-Oxford Road, Corbin Cemetery on Corbin Road, Waldron Cemetery on Ramshorn Road, Marsh Cemetery on Henry Marsh Road, and Curtis Cemetery a/k/a Albee/Durfee Cemetery on Albee Road and historic Sayles Cemetery located on Intervale Rd.