Templeton Developmental Center

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Templeton Developmental Center
Opened 1899
Current Status Active
Building Style Single Building
Location Templeton, MA
Alternate Names
  • Templeton Farm Colony
  • Templeton Colony of the Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded


The Templeton Developmental Center is a state-run facility for the mentally handicapped located in Templeton, Massachusetts. Founded as the Templeton Farm Colony in 1899 through the efforts of Walter E. Fernald, superintendent of what is now called the Fernald School in Waltham, Massachusetts, the 1600-acre facility has been targeted for closure by recent state administrations.