ATHOL, a township of Worcester county, northern Massachusetts, U.S.A., having an area of 35 sq.
The village of Athol is on Miller's river, and is served by the Boston & Albany and the Boston & Maine railways.
Athol was first settled in 1735, and was incorporated as a township in 1762.
Caswell, Athol, Mass., Past and Present (Athol, 1899).
The excessive size of the properties may to some extent be accounted for by the fact that most of the surface is so mountainous and unproductive as to be unsuitable for division into smaller estates, but two other causes have also co-operated, namely, first, the wide territorial authority of such Lowland families as the Scotts and Douglases, and such Highland clans as the Campbells of Argyll and Breadalbane, and the Murrays of Athol and the duke of Sutherland; and secondly, the stricter law of entail introduced in 1685.