Taunton is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. It
is the seat of Bristol County.
Taunton is situated on the Taunton
River which winds its way through the city on its way to Mount Hope
Bay, 10 miles (16 km) to the south. At the 2010 census, the city
had a population of 55,874. Thomas Hoye Jr. is the current mayor of
Taunton, and has held the position since 2012.
Founded in 1637 by members of the Plymouth Colony,
Taunton is one of
the oldest towns in the United States. The Native Americans called the
region Cohannet, Tetiquet and Titicut before the arrival of the
Taunton is also known as the "
Silver City", as it was a
historic center of the silver industry beginning in the 19th century
when companies such as Reed & Barton, F. B. Rogers, Poole Silver,
and others produced fine-quality silver goods in the city.
Since December 1914, the city of
Taunton has provided a large annual
light display each December on
Taunton Green, giving it the additional
nickname of "Christmas City".
The original boundaries of
Taunton included the land now occupied by
many surrounding towns, including Norton, Easton, Mansfield, Dighton,
Raynham, Berkley, and Lakeville. Possession of the latter is still
noted by the naming of
Taunton Hill in Assonet.
1.2 Industrial legacy
1.3 Recent history
4.2 Fire Department
6.1 Primary and secondary
6.2 High schools
6.3 Former schools
6.4 Higher education
7.1 Public spaces
7.4 Arts and media
8 Healthcare and utilities
11 Notable people
12 See also
13 Sister cities
16 External links
Taunton was founded by settlers from England and officially
incorporated as a town on September 3, 1639. Most of the town's
settlers were originally from
Taunton in Somerset, England, which led
early settlers to name the settlement after that town. At the time of
Taunton's incorporation, they explained their choice of name as being,
"in honour and love to our dear native country... and owning it a
great mercy of God to bring us to this place, and settling of us, on
lands of our own bought with our money in peace, in the midst of the
heathen, for a possession for ourselves and for our posterity after
us." Prior to 1640, the
Taunton area was called
Cohannet, Tetiquet or Titiquet.
The English founders of
Taunton purchased the land from the Nemasket
Indians in 1637 as part of the Tetiquet Purchase and the remaining
native families were relocated to the praying town of
current day Canton, MA. A central figure among the founders was
Elizabeth Poole who is believed to have been the first woman to found
a settlement in the Americas and, contrary to local folklore,[a] did
not take part in the town purchase but was among its greatest
beneficiaries and played a significant role in the founding of its
church. Described as "the foundress of Taunton" and its
matriarch, Poole "was accorded equality of rights, whether in the
purchase of lands, [or] in the sharing of iron works holdings,"
having been a financier of the settlement's first dam and mill built
for the manufacture of bar iron.[b]
Plymouth Colony was formally
divided into counties on June 2, 1685, with
Taunton becoming the shire
town of Bristol County. The counties of
Plymouth Colony were
transferred to the Province of
Massachusetts Bay on the arrival of its
charter and governor on May 14, 1692. The
Taunton area has been the
site of skirmishes and battles during various conflicts, including
King Philip's War
King Philip's War and the American Revolution.
re-incorporated as a city on May 11, 1864.
In 1656, the first successful iron works in
Plymouth Colony was
established on the Two Mile River, in what is now part of Raynham. The
Taunton Iron Works operated for over 200 years until 1876. It was the
first of many iron industries in Taunton.
During the 19th century,
Taunton became known as the "
Silver City", as
it was home to many silversmithing operations, including Reed &
Barton, F.B. Rogers, and Poole Silver.
In the 19th century,
Taunton was also the center of an important
iron-making industry, utilizing much bog iron from the numerous swamps
in the surrounding area. The iron industry in
Taunton produced a
variety of goods including stoves (Weir Stove Company/Glenwood), tacks
(Field Tack Company) and machinery. One of the more successful
companies during this period was the Mason Machine Works, founded by
William Mason, which produced machinery for the textile industry, as
well as steam locomotives. The
Taunton Locomotive Works (begun in
1846) also operated in the city during this time.
Taunton was also home to several textile mills (Whittenton Mills) and
other industries, such as felt (Bacon Felt) and brick making.
During the 19th century,
Taunton was a major shipping point for grain
from the inland rural farm areas of
Massachusetts to the rest of the
nation via Weir Village and the
Taunton River. With the advent of the
Taunton would also become an important transportation hub
due to its central location.
The city formed the
Taunton Municipal Light Plant (TMLP) in 1897, when
it decided to purchase the floundering
Taunton Electric Lighting
Company, making it a publicly owned electric utility. Today, TMLP
provides electric service to 34,000 customers in Taunton, Berkley,
Raynham, and sections of Dighton, Lakeville and Bridgewater. TMLP is
governed by a three-member Board of Commissioners, which is elected by
the citizens of Taunton.
The Myles Standish Industrial Park in Taunton's north end is currently
one of the largest in New England. The National
Weather Service operates a regional weather forecast office that
serves much of Massachusetts, all of Rhode Island, and most of
Connecticut there. The
National Weather Service
National Weather Service also operates
the Northeast River Forecast Center on the site, serving New England
and most of New York state. Several major companies operate within the
industrial park and in other parts of the city.
In October 2005, the
Whittenton Pond Dam north of the downtown area
threatened to fail following a week that brought 9 inches
(230 mm) of rain to the city. Over 2,000 city residents were
evacuated,all downtown businesses were ordered closed and Mayor
Robert Nunes issued a state of emergency. It is estimated that if the
dam had failed, the Mill River would have inundated the downtown area
with up to 6 feet (1.8 m) of water. In response, Massachusetts
Mitt Romney ordered an immediate inspection of high-risk dams
throughout the Commonwealth.
In 2010, the historic
City Hall was severely damaged in an
arson fire. Since that time, city government has been operating out of
the former Lowell M. Maxham School on Oak Street.
Taunton became the target location for a Wampanoag casino
complex which was embroiled in conflict by competing regional bands of
the Wampanoag over territory claims. The proposed casino resort
complex location is adjacent to a local elementary school and the
regional technical high school, generating protests by parent and
On June 10, 2012, the
Taunton dedicated the
Taunton Global War
War Memorial on Church Green.
Municipalities (in grey) that were once part of Taunton
According to the
United States Census
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total
area of 48.4 square miles (125.4 km2), of which 46.4 square miles
(120.1 km2) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2), or
3.53%, is water. It is the third-largest city by area in
Boston and Barnstable.
Taunton has one major river, the
Taunton River, along with its
tributaries including the Mill River and the Three Mile River. The
highest point in the city is near its southwest corner, with an
elevation of 207 feet (63 m) above sea level. Prospect Hill,
Lake Sabbatia north of the downtown, has an elevation of
197 feet (60 m).
There are nine designated historic districts within the city:
National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places listings in Taunton,
Bay Road Historic District, also known as Post Road. The road runs
Taunton to Boston. (1300 acres (5.3 km2), 1 structure, 2
Bristol County Courthouse Complex (13 acres, 3 buildings)
Church Green Historic District, also known as Meetinghouse Common (160
acres, 18 buildings, 1 object)
Hopewell Mills District
Hopewell Mills District (120 acres, 13 buildings)
Old Bay Road Historic District, also known as The Post Road; The
King's Highway (150 acres, 1 structure, 3 objects)
Reed and Barton Complex
Taunton Green Historic District (50 acres, 22 buildings, 3 objects)
Taunton State Hospital Historic District, also known as the Taunton
Lunatic Asylum (1250 acres (5.1 km2), 38 buildings, 8 structures)
Due to the annexation of towns from the original town of Taunton, the
city now is irregularly shaped, with it (along with neighboring
Raynham) roughly making a triangle. The city is bordered by Norton to
the northwest, Easton to the north, Raynham to the northeast,
Lakeville to the east, Berkley and Dighton to the south, and Rehoboth
to the west.
City neighborhoods include the Bird Lanes, Clearview Estates, East
Taunton, Elliot's Corner, Herring Run Estates, Linden Estates,
Matthews Landing, North Taunton, Oakland, Pine Crest Estates, Pine
Hill Estates, Wades Corner, Weir Village, Westville, Whittenton,
Whittenton Junction, Britannia Village or Britanniaville, Willis Lake
Village and Woodward Estates.
Taunton is also home to almost the
Massasoit State Park
Massasoit State Park in East Taunton, and a large portion
Hockomock Swamp Wildlife Management Area in North Taunton.
* = population estimate.
United States Census
United States Census records and Population Estimates Program
U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 55,874 people, 22,045
households, and 14,473 families residing in the city. The population
density was 1,200.1 people per square mile (463.7/km2). There were
22,908 housing units at an average density of 491.5 per square mile
(189.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city is 83.67% (79.7%
Non-Hispanic) White, 4.84% African American, 0.26% Native American,
1.0% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 5.59% from other races, and 2.21%
from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.73% of
The city of
Taunton is very multi-cultural with peoples of different
origins living within the city. 34% of the city is Luso-American. The
biggest ethnic backgrounds people claim are 23% Portuguese,17% Irish,
9% English, 9% French, 8% Cape Verdean and 4% Puerto Rican. Most of
Taunton's immigration occurred near the turn of the 1900s when
immigrants would work in the city's mills.
There are 22,045 households out of which 32.3% have children under the
age of 18 living with them, 45.0% were married couples living
together, 15.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and
35.3% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of
individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age
or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family
size was 3.09.
In the city, the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of
18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and
12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years.
For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age
18 and over, there were 89.2 males.
Males had a median income of $36,895 versus $27,686 for females. The
per capita income for the city was $19,899. About 10.0% of families
and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including
13.9% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.
Bristol County Superior Courthouse
The city has a Mayor-Council form of government.
Taunton also has a
School Committee and many boards and commissions. As the seat of
Taunton is home to the county's few administrative
offices and several of its courthouses, which includes one that is
currently under construction, including the Bristol County Superior
Massachusetts State Police's Troop D (Southeast
District), 4th Barracks, patrols
Taunton and is located in
Taunton is a part of three separate state representative districts:
Third Bristol (entirely located in Taunton), Fifth Bristol (which
Somerset and part of Swansea), and 12th Bristol
(including all or parts of Freetown, Lakeville, Middleborough and New
Bedford). It is a part of the First Plymouth and Bristol state senate
district, which also includes the towns of Berkley, Bridgewater,
Carver, Dighton, Marion, Middleborough, Raynham and Wareham. On the
national level, the town is part of
District 4, which is represented by Joseph P. Kennedy III. The state's
senior (Class II) Senator is Elizabeth Warren. The state's junior
(Class I) Senator is Edward Markey.
Many famous political or politically controversial events occurred in
Taunton's long history. Robert Treat Paine, a long-time Taunton
resident, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the
first Attorney-General of Massachusetts. Part of
King Philip's War
King Philip's War was
fought within Taunton's limits.
Former U.S. presidents, such as James K. Polk, William H. Taft,
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt Harry S. Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, gave
campaign speeches in Taunton. Former president
Bill Clinton rallied at
Taunton High School. The city's former
Camp Myles Standish was a
prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, a welcoming area for about a
million U.S. and Allied soldiers, and a candidate site for the U.N.
headquarters, soon after the military camp closed. Although the city
hasn't been as much of a hotbed of politics as it once was, it still
continues to be a politically active region of Massachusetts.
See also list of mayors of Taunton.
Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 15, 2008
Number of Voters
The city of
Taunton has 133 professional firefighters on the Taunton
Fire Department (TFD). The TFD currently operates out of five fire
stations, located throughout the city, and operates a fire apparatus
fleet of six engines, three ladders, one rescue unit, two brush units,
one dive rescue unit, two fireboats, and several other special,
support, and reserve units. The current Chief of Department is Timothy
Below is a complete listing of all fire station locations and
apparatus in the city of Taunton. Fire Headquarters, Fire Station #3,
and Fire Station #9 are all listed on the National Register of
Fire Headquarters—Fire Station # 1
Rescue 1, Forestry 2, Fireboat 2
Car 1 (Chief of Department), Car 2 (Deputy Chief)
50 School St.
Fire Station # 3
1st St. & Weir St.
Fire Station # 4
Bay St. & E. Britannia St.
Fire Station # 5
Dive Rescue Unit
49 N. Walker St.
Fire Station # 9
Middleborough Ave. & Cullen St.
Taunton's economy has historically been based on silversmithing and
shipbuilding. Reed & Barton produced the 1996 Summer Olympics
medals and silverware used exclusively for the White House. Also, the
city produced the anchor for the USS Constitution. The nearby town of
Raynham produced the anchor for the Civil War-era ironclad USS
Today, the city's economy has many emphases on semiconductor, silicon,
and electronics manufacturing. It is home to the corporate
headquarters of many leading corporations in various industries.
Currently, the city is trying to attract biotechnology research
companies to its industrial parks.
City Galleria is a large shopping mall in
Taunton catering to
the local city and to the neighboring towns and cities of Raynham,
Berkley, Rehoboth, Dighton, New Bedford and Norton.
Taunton ranges from preschool through post-secondary
Primary and secondary
Taunton has nine public elementary schools and three public middle
Edmund Hatch Bennett Elementary School
Taunton Elementary School
Harold H. Galligan Elementary School
Hopewell Elementary School
Edward F. Leddy Elementary School
Joseph C. Chamberlain Elementary School
Elizabeth Pole Elementary School
Summer Street Elementary School
Mulcahey Elementary School (formerly Mulcahey Middle School)
Benjamin A. Friedman Middle School
Joseph H. Martin Middle School
John F. Parker Middle School
The city also has two Catholic elementary schools and one Catholic
Our Lady of Lourdes School
St. Mary's Primary School
Coyle and Cassidy Middle School
Taunton has three public high schools:
Taunton High School, Taunton
Alternative High School, and Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical
Taunton also has one Catholic high school, Coyle and Cassidy
Recently closed former schools in
Lowell M. Maxham Elementary School (closed in June 2010)
Walker Elementary School (closed in June 2010)
Pole Elementary School (closed 2007)
Leonard Elementary School (closed 2009)
Barnum School (closed 2013)
Cohannet Middle School (closed in June 2000)
Taunton is home to a satellite campus of
Bay State College
Bay State College at 101
Industrial Park Road serving Associate and bachelor's degrees to
working professionals and career changers in the fields of business
and management, criminal justice and medical assisting. It is also
home to a satellite campus of Bristol Community College, which meets
at the Silvercity Galleria and (formerly)
Taunton Catholic Middle
School. In addition, the city houses career schools such as the RobRoy
Academy beauty school.
Daffodils and flowering trees brighten
Taunton Green (Massachusetts)
on a spring day
Taunton Green is the city's central square. Early in its history,
"The Green" was used as a training ground for militias in the American
Revolution. Some say it was also the site of the historic "Liberty
& Union"/"Taunton" flag raising in 1774 by the Sons of Liberty,
prior to the American Revolution. Since the early 20th century,
Taunton Green has temporarily been transformed during the winter
holiday season into a grand display of holiday lights, scenes, and
extravagant events. This is where and how the city earned its
unofficial nickname in the surrounding areas as the "Christmas City."
St. Mary's Church
Taunton Public Library
Bristol County Superior Courthouse, Taunton
Pilgrim Congregational Church
"The Green" continues to provide a centralized location for citywide
Christmas activities, other holidays, events, and parades for the
citizens of Taunton. A fountain is located at the center of the
Taunton Green. Always to be seen flapping together in emblematic
unison, the "Liberty & Union" flag and the U.S. flag fly
side-by-side on the flagpole at the city's center.
The city is served by a central public library, the
Library, which opened in 1903 and has undergone several expansions and
renovations since that time. Also of note is the Old Colony Historical
Society, which archives the city and region's past.
The city is home to two state parks operated by the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts / Department of Conservation and Recreation, Massasoit
State Park in East
Watson Pond State Park
Watson Pond State Park in the north
part of the city.
Numerous religious groups exist within the city, including Jewish,
Roman Catholic, and Protestant congregations. The First Parish Church,
Unitarian Universalist church, located at Church Green at the
east end of downtown, was founded in 1637, before the Town of Taunton
was even established. The current church dates from 1830. The Pilgrim
Congregational Church on Broadway was formed in 1821, its current
church built in 1851. The city's oldest
Roman Catholic parish, St.
Mary's Church, is located further north at the intersection of
Broadway and Washington Street, known as Saint Mary's Square.
The city of
Taunton has a wide array of architecture ranging from the
colonial period to modern times. There are numerous pre-Revolutionary
War private homes within the city, the oldest of which is the Joseph
Willis House on Worcester Street, dating to about 1688. The city has
over one hundred buildings listed on the National Register of Historic
Perhaps the most impressive structure in the city is the towering
Bristol County Superior Courthouse, built in 1894 and designed by
Frank Irving Cooper. With its tall copper dome, the Superior
Courthouse is visible from many surrounding areas. It was added to the
National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Currently, the
Courthouse Complex is undergoing a major expansion and renovation
Other significant buildings in the city include some fine stone
churches, including the First Parish Church (1830), the Pilgrim
Congregational Church (1851) and St. Mary's Church (1868) on Broadway.
Taunton has a number of historic commercial blocks along Main
Taunton Green and Broadway, built during the period from about
1840 to 1920.
Many large homes built by the wealthy industrialists and merchants of
the late 19th and early 20th century line Route 44 both east (Dean
Street) and west (Winthrop Street) of the city center, while a
majority of the city is occupied by more modest wood-framed single and
multi-family homes, many over 100 years old. Modern single-family
subdivisions, mostly built since the 1950s, exist in the outskirts of
the sprawling city.
The Central Fire Station at 50 School Street is recognized as the
oldest functioning station house in the United States. The historic
City Hall is located adjacent to Church Green.
Arts and media
One of New England’s oldest historical societies, the Old Colony
Historical Society is located on picturesque Church Green. Founded in
1853, the Society maintains a museum of regional objects, houses a
research library specializing in local history and genealogy, and
hosts arts and cultural events throughout the year.
In March 2008, Hollywood director
Martin Scorsese filmed a portion of
the film Shutter Island starring
Leonardo DiCaprio in
location at the Whittenton Mills Complex. Surrogates, starring
Bruce Willis, was partly filmed in the city, at the old Paul Dever
Television and radio
Taunton has local
Public, educational, and government access (PEG)
cable TV channels which include the
Public-access television Taunton
Community Access and Media, Inc. (
Comcast Channel 15;
Taunton Educational Network (
Comcast Channel 9;
Verizon 23) which is run by the
Taunton High School TV Studio and
Taunton Municipal Network (Comcast
Verizon 24). Comcast's
Taunton system carries all
Boston stations as well and both markets are available
over-the-air. The two radio stations based in
WVBF 1530 AM
(licensed to nearby Middleborough Center), which features local
programming until noon followed by syndicated feed from the Reading
for the Blind Network, and WSNE-FM 93.3, which primarily serves the
Providence radio market and has its studios in the city of Providence.
From 1949 until 2007,
Taunton was also served by local radio station
WPEP-AM 1570. However the station was silenced with the upgrade of
Keating Wilcox's station also on 1570, in Beverly, Massachusetts. The
city is now served by
WVBF 1530AM Middleboro/
Taunton owned by
Steven J. Callahan and managed by former
WPEP host, Anthony Lopes.
Taunton has four art galleries:
Taunton Art Association (John Baradas
Gallery), Hughes/Donahue Gallery, Art Euphoric, and the Trescott
Street Gallery. The
Taunton Art Association founded in 1973, but had
it roots at the Girl's Club in the early 1960s. Hughes/Donahue Gallery
founded in 2007, a local community gallery serving local Taunton
artists, surrounding areas of Southeastern
Massachusetts and including
the cities of Providence, and Washington DC. Art Euphoric founded in
2008 has both visual and craft exhibits and sales. The Trescott Street
Gallery founded in 2012, primarily a visual arts gallery, but also
Taunton is served by several publications including the
Bulletin, Brockton Enterprise, and the
Taunton Daily Gazette. Regional
papers of importance such as the
Boston Herald, and
Providence Journal, are also widely available.
Some of the major Internet providers in
Taunton are Comcast,
EarthLink, SBC Yahoo! Dial, and Verizon. The
Lighting Plant (TMLP), Taunton's electric company, is also an Internet
service provider for the city and its surrounding towns.
Healthcare and utilities
Taunton is home to the Morton Hospital and Medical Center, located on
Washington Street, just north of the city center.
Taunton State Hospital is a psychiatric hospital located on Hodges
Avenue. One of its historic old buildings had to be brought down after
it was severely damaged by fire in 2006. This hospital is now one of
the very few mental health hospitals in
Massachusetts for longer term
in-patient care of psychiatric patients.
Electricity is provided to residents by the
Taunton Municipal Lighting
Plant (TMLP), located in the south end. The city has a municipal water
system, with a treatment plant and water supply in nearby Lakeville,
as well as a public sewer system with a treatment plant on West Water
Street in the south end of the city, discharging into the Taunton
See also: Old Colony Railroad
Taunton Railway began in 1838 as the main rail transportation
system, both industrial and passenger, connecting
Taunton with points
south, east, north, and west, including New Bedford and Cape Cod, Fall
River and Newport,
Somerset and Providence, Attleboro and Providence,
Mansfield and Boston, Stoughton and Boston, Raynham Middleborough and
Wareham as time went on.
Taunton is the central highway hub of southeastern Massachusetts. Much
of the eastern parts of the state's major highways intersect and/or
run through the city, especially at its center. US 44, MA 138, and MA
140 intersect at
Taunton Green, the square at Taunton's center. MA 140
is also accessible from the eastern neighborhood of the city,
popularly referred to as "East Taunton." Additionally, MA 24 and MA
140 intersect near East Taunton, and it is at that junction that Route
140 ceases to be a 2-lane divided freeway from the south and becomes a
smaller state highway to the north. Interstate 495 runs through the
northern portion of Taunton, unofficially referred to as "North
Taunton", and parallel to Myles Standish Industrial Park, Taunton's
main industrial park.
Various smaller routes run through other parts of the city. These
include a small portion of MA 104, close to the Taunton-Raynham city
limits, and MA 79, close to the Taunton-Berkley-Lakeville (Plymouth
County) city-town-county limits.
Taunton is the western terminus of MA
104. It merges into US 44 after entering the city.
CSX freight rails pass through the city on their way towards
Fall River, New Bedford and a link-up with the line in Middleborough.
There are plans being worked on to link parts of this rail with the
Stoughton line of the MBTA commuter rail system to Boston. The Greater
Taunton Regional Transit Authority, or GATRA, provides bus
Taunton has its own municipal airport, serving mostly smaller craft
and occasional commuter jets. The nearest airport with national
airline service is
T.F. Green Airport
T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island, and the nearest
international service is at
Logan International Airport
Logan International Airport in Boston.
The Boys & Girls Club of
Taunton is home to one of the most
successful inner city floor hockey programs in the country, founded by
long-time principal Dick Faulkner.
Main article: List of people from Taunton, Massachusetts
List of mill towns in Massachusetts
Taunton shares a sister city status with:
Taunton, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores, Portugal
Lagoa (Azores), Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal
^ "The monument to Elizabeth Poole, now standing in Mt. Pleasant
Cemetery, erected by the ladies of
Taunton in 1836, describes her in
glowing eulogy as the "Foundress of the Town of Taunton;" but her name
nowhere appears as one of the original purchasers, although that of
another lady, 'Widdo Randall,' does; and so far as we can ascertain,
the popular tradition of her purchase of the place with a jack-knife
and a peck of beans [sic] must be ranked with the legend of Romulus
and Remus as the founders of Rome, with that of William Tell as the
deliverer of Switzerland, or that of Pocahontas as the savior of
Captain Smith. But notwithstanding the doubt that Miss Poole can
justly be deemed the 'foundress of the town, we do know...[she] became
the owner of much land in this vicinity, and an active promoter of its
^ "Several of the leading citizens of the place, including George
Hall, Richard Williams, Walter Deane, James Walker, Oliver Purchis,
Elizabeth Poole and others formed a joint stock company with a capital
of £600, and built a dam accorss the Two Mile river, on the main road
leading to Raynham, and made all the preparations for the manufacture
of bar iron from bog ore."
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^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001):
Taunton city, Massachusetts". U.S.
Census Bureau, American Factfinder.
Retrieved February 5, 2013.
^ The Composition of Indian Geographic Names, by J. Hammond Trumbull,
Case Lockwood & Brainard Press, 1870.
^ An Historical Memoir of the Colony of New Plymouth, by Francis
Baylies, Wiggins & Lunt Press, 1866.
^ Indian history, biography & genealogy, by Ebineezer Weaver
Pierce, published by Zerviah Gould Mitchell, 1878.
^ a b c d Quarter Millennial Celebration of the
City of Taunton,
Massachusetts. Taunton, MA: Press of Charles H. Buffington, City
Government [of Taunton]. 1889. pp. 33–34, 42.
^ "Elizabeth Poole, the Puritan Who Founded a Town". New England
Historical Society. Archived from the original on 6 February 2017.
Retrieved 6 February 2017. She would become the first woman to found a
town in the Americas.
^ Hutt, Frank Wolcott, ed. (1924). "Chapter III. The First Comers to
Taunton". A History of Bristol County, Massachusetts. I. New York and
Chicago: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc. p. 74. Though
Elizabeth Poole did not buy 'Taunton,' as the popular account
sometimes has it, but only a small portion of the eastern borders of
the then unoccupied territory, it is the brief narrative of her coming
here that shall always remain like a star in the crown of the
beginnings of the city. We have been told of her arrival from England
to Tetiquet by way of Dorchester, and how she actively interested
herself in every fundamental project of the busy settlement...She was
interested in establishng a church here, according to her teaching and
light, and with William Hooke and Nicholas Street, Oxford University
graduates, she did begin that church. It is plain, too, that here she
was accorded equality of rights, whether in the purchase of lands, in
the sharing of iron works holdings, or in the establishment of
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