Middlesex county. First settled, 1710. Incorporated, 1724. Population in 1837, 1,775. It lies 24 miles S.W. by W. from Boston and 21 S. from Concord. There is a woolen mill in the town, and some manufactures of boots, shoes, leather, chairs and cabinet ware, combs, ploughs, straw bonnets, books, clothing, wagons and harnesses: total value in one year $335,948. The value of boots and shoes amounted to $241,626, employing 461 hands. Holliston is watered by a small branch of Charles river.