The village of North Attleborough Center is located in the town.
North Attleborough, Massachusetts
North Attleborough Town Hall
Location in Bristol County in Massachusetts
|• Type||Representative town meeting|
| • Board of |
|Michael Lennox (Chairman)|
Keith LaPointe (Vice-Chair)
|• Total||19.1 sq mi (49.3 km2)|
|• Land||18.6 sq mi (48.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)|
|Elevation||200 ft (61 m)|
|• Density||1,456.0/sq mi (562.2/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (Eastern)|
|Area code(s)||508/774 (508 Exchanges: 643,695,699)|
|GNIS feature ID||0618284|
In pre-Colonial times, the land was the site of the Bay Path, a major Native American trail to Narragansett Bay, the Seekonk River, and Boston. English settlers arrived in the area in 1634 and established the settlement of Rehoboth—which included the modern day towns of North Attleborough, Attleboro, Massachusetts, Somerset, Seekonk, as well as parts of Rhode Island—from land sold to them by the Pokanoket Wamsutta. John Woodcock established a settlement in the territory in 1669 which subsisted on agriculture, fishing and hunting. By 1670, Woodcock had received a license to open a tavern. The settlement was attacked during King Philip's War, with two killed and one home burned, but the Garrison house which Woodcock had built survived the attack. The Woodcock-Garrison house was used as sleeping quarters for George Washington on his army's march to Boston to rid the city of General Thomas Gage's troops. The Town of Attleborough was incorporated from this territory in 1694.
In about 1780, a French settler set up a forge for working brass, beginning the industrial era. Englishmen brought with them British machinery from Birmingham in 1794 and designed American improvements in button making, which they patented. During the 18th and early 19th centuries, small grist and sawmills were built along the Ten Mile River, and subsequently-established nail factories were eventually eclipsed by cotton spinning mills. The development of cotton spinning was spurred by the embargo on imports resulting from the War of 1812. Textiles and jewelry manufacturing were the staple industries of the town by 1832, but buttons became king, spurred by the American Civil War and U.S. Army orders for badges and medals. By 1834, Attleborough produced more buttons than anywhere else in the United States; by 1855, there were 24 shops making almost $1 million in jewelry in Attleborough.
In 1887, the residents of the village of East Attleborough voted to secede, and they had higher population and votes to take with them the name of Attleborough and the town's original founding date of 1694; they incorporated as the new City of Attleborough, and the remainder of the original town adopted the name North Attleborough.
In the twentieth century, North Attleborough was home at various times to the jewelry firms Jostens, the world's largest class ring manufacturer and the Balfour Company, prominent maker of championship rings including for the National Football League's Super Bowl champions and Major League Baseball's World Series' winners. In 2006, North Attleborough was rated in the top ten for professional sports communities in the entire country and was also listed as one of the most affordable and safest places to raise a family. Today, North Attleborough is still home to many professional athletes due to its proximity to Gillette Stadium just 5 miles away.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 19.0 square miles (49 km2), of which 18.6 square miles (48 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (2.15%) is water. The town is roughly quadrilateral-shaped, and makes the northwest corner of Bristol County. It is bordered by Plainville to the north, Mansfield to the east, Attleborough to the south, and Cumberland, Rhode Island to the west. Localities include Adamsdale, Attleborough Falls and Sheldonville Farms. The town is located 16 miles north of Providence, Rhode Island, 38 miles southwest of Boston and 42 miles southeast of Worcester, Massachusetts.
The town has several rivers, streams and brooks running through it, including the Ten Mile River and the Seven Mile River. There are several ponds and lakes, including Greenwood Lake (site of a fish hatchery) and Falls Pond, among others. The town's largest park, World War I Memorial Park, is located in the northern part of town and contains the highest point in Bristol County - Sunrise Hill (Watery Hill) at 390 feet above sea level. World War I Memorial Park features a petting zoo, Petti Field for soccer and lacrosse and a ski/sledding hill with J-bar ski lift which is currently inoperable. There is also the North Attleborough Arboretum adjacent to the park.
On High Street, one block from Route 1A is an ice-skating pond called Titus Pond which is maintained by the North Attleborough Rotary Club and filled each winter by the Fire Department.
There are five cemeteries in North Attleborough: the diminutive and inactive Woodcock Cemetery across from the Woodcock-Garrison house just north of downtown; Paine Road Cemetery near the Cumberland, Rhode Island, border; Mt. Hope Cemetery & Arboretum; the old St. Mary's Cemetery and the new St. Mary's Cemetery. The latter three are located in the village of Attleborough Falls.
|Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.|
At the 2000 census, there were 27,143 people, 10,391 households and 7,232 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,456.0 per square mile (562.2/km2). There were 10,635 housing units at an average density of 570.5 per square mile (220.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.97% White, 0.92% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.71% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.32% of the population.
There were 10,391 households of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% 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 3.15.
Age distribution was 26.9% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 34.4% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.
The median household income was $59,371, and the median family income was $69,461. Males had a median income of $47,645 versus $31,522 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,974. About 2.7% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.
North Attleborough is represented in the Massachusetts House of Representatives by Elizabeth "Betty" Poirier (R-North Attleborough), since 1999, as part of the Fourteenth Bristol district, which also includes sections of Attleborough and Mansfield. In the State Senate, it is represented by Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) as part of the Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex district, which includes the towns of Wayland, Sherborn, Millis, Norfolk, Wrentham and Plainville as well as sections of Natick, Wellesley, Needham, Franklin and Attleborough. Ross won the seat in a special election in May 2010.
On the national level, North Attleborough is a part of Massachusetts's 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives represented by Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Brookline). In the United States Senate it is represented by Elizabeth Warren (D-Cambridge) and Ed Markey (D-Malden).
Until 2019, North Attleborough has had a representative town meeting form of government, with an elected board of selectmen and a town administrator appointed by the selectmen. On April 2, 2019, North Attleboro voters approved a new structure for town government, a town charter creating a "strong" town manager that will replace the Board of Selectmen and a nine-member town council replacing the 135-seat Representative Town Meeting. The new charter will go into effect following an election for town council on June 18, 2019.
The North Attleborough Police Department is located downtown in the old H.F. Barrows Manufacturing Company Building at 102 South Washington St. There are three fire stations, located downtown on Elm Street just off Route 1, Allen Ave behind Emerald Square Mall and on Route 152 in the eastern portion of town. There are also two post offices, downtown (using the 02760 ZIP code) and in Attleboro Falls (02763). North Attleboro also uses 02761 for post office boxes located downtown.
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The town has its own school department, led by Superintendent of Schools, Scott Holcomb, since February 2017. Holcomb was previously Assistant Superintendent to Suzan Cullen, Superintendent from May 2011 to January 2017. The Superintendent is appointed by an elected School Committee of 7 serving staggered three year terms. Current members as of the April 2018 Town Election are James D. McKenna, Chairman; Kevin O’Donnell Secretary; Carol Wagner; Ethan Hamilton; Gary Lake; Adam Scanlon; Kathryn Hobbs. https://www.naschools.net/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=384&dataid=19553&FileName=Term%20ends%20list%202018-2019.pdf. Upon resignation of Gary Lake in August 2018, Talia Yourell was selected to serve the balance of the term until the April 2019 election.
Schools are funded by local RTM appropriation of available funds raised from local taxes and State aid. Between 2002 through 2012 State aid has been reduced by over $1,000,000.00 annually. Between 2012 and 2014, the School Committee has closed and elementary school (Allen Avenue), imposed fees for student parking, student activities, busing, and full day kindergarten to address the lack of operating revenue.
In April 2018, citizens voted and approved a $6.5M increased tax levy, in part (approximately 40%) to increase funding for the public schools. Even with the fiscal conservative history of the town, the override passed with 57% of voters approving the measure. The town made immediate investments to advance school infrastructure projects and staffing, public safety and community services.
The school system consists of:
North Attleborough High School's sports teams are the Red Rocketeers. The name comes from North Attleborough's unique red rocks, found only in northern Bristol County and Cumberland, RI. The school’s colors are red and white. The town's sports teams are often nicknamed "The Rockets" or "Big Red" and North Attleborough is sometimes referred to as "Big Red Country". This is because of its proud history of a strong athletic department backed by widespread local and loyal school spirit.
North Attleborough High School sports teams compete in the Kelley-Rex (or large school) division of the Hockomock League, consisting of area high schools including rivals Attleboro and Mansfield High Schools. NAHS's chief rival is Attleboro High School. The football teams play each other twice a year, once during the regular season and once on Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving location alternates each year and the regular season game is held at the opposite site. Almost all other sports play each team in the Kelley-Rex division twice per season and each team in the Davenport (or small school) division once in the regular season. NAHS boasts a tradition of winning sports teams and regularly competes in state playoffs.
High school students may also choose to attend Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, located in Franklin and including communities in Bristol, Norfolk and Middlesex Counties. Students are also able to attend Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton free of charge.
The town is home to one Catholic K-8 school, Saint Mary-Sacred Heart School. The nearest private high school is Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, a Catholic high school.
"The North Attleborough Public Library was established in 1889, by the North Attleborough Union Improvement District, which turned its library over to the town." Today the Richards Memorial Library is located downtown, and is a member of SAILS Library Network, a network of libraries in Southeastern Massachusetts. In fiscal year 2008, the town spent 0.77% ($572,874) of its budget on its public library—some $20 per person.
Interstates 95 and 295 meet just over the Attleborough line, and both run through the town. Each interstate has one exit within town. The town is also bisected by U.S. Route 1, which runs through the retail and downtown districts. Massachusetts state routes 120 and 152 also run through town, as does the "middle" portion of Route 1A, which begins in the town.
The town is set equidistantantly between the three nearest Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority stops, in Mansfield, Attleborough Center and South Attleborough. The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority provides bus services between the local towns and cities. The nearest national-level airport is T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island, approximately 23 miles away, and the nearest international airport is Logan International Airport in Boston, approximately 42 miles away.
Cub Scouts: Grades 1-5
Boy Scouts: Grades 5-12
Anthony Michael Sherman (born December 11, 1988) is an American football fullback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Connecticut.Attleborough Falls Historic District
The Attleborough Falls Historic District is a predominantly residential historic district on Mt. Hope and Towne Streets in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. Located just south of the Ten Mile River, it encompasses a stylish mid-to-late 19th century residential area that developed in a previously rural area due to industrial development across the river. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.Bungay River
The Bungay River is a short river in southeastern Massachusetts that is a tributary of the Ten Mile River.
The Bungay River begins in Witch Pond in Foxborough, Massachusetts at an altitude of about 157 feet (48 m) above sea level. It flows south through Greenwood Lake and through North Attleboro and Attleboro. It enters the Ten Mile River in Attleboro and ultimately empties into Narragansett Bay. It is 7.2 miles (11.6 km) long.According to published judgments by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, the river flows through the best red maple swamp in Massachusetts and provides some of the best canoeing across the state. It and surrounding wetlands are under study as wildlife preservation areas.Chris Sullivan (American football)
Christopher Patrick Sullivan (born March 14, 1973) is a former professional American football defensive lineman for the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. After retiring following the 2001 season, Sullivan was arrested in 2005 in Attleboro, Massachusetts and charged with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, illegal possession of a prescription drug, disorderly conduct, and driving to endanger.In 2008, two weeks after becoming sober, Sullivan attended a parents' night at a local school. The topic of the night was drugs, as Kathi Meyer had spoken to the school earlier that day. Her daughter, Taylor, had died due to underage drinking after partying with friends, after which Kathi became an advocate for ending teen addiction.
The two fell in love after this night and married in 2011. They now travel to schools across the East Coast speaking about alcoholism and addiction.Colin Grafton
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Colin Grafton (born September 19, 1991 in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American ice skater, model and public figure. With former partner Kylie Duarte, he is the 2012 U.S. junior bronze medalist. The pair announced the end of their partnership in October 2012.Commonwealth Avenue Historic District (North Attleborough, Massachusetts)
The Commonwealth Avenue Historic District is a historic district on Commonwealth Avenue on the north side from Stanley Street to beyond Robinson Street in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. The area encompasses a variety of stylish 19th-century houses, as well as two 19th-century industrial buildings, depicting the proximity of wealthy industrial owners and managers to their factories. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.Elizabeth Poirier
Elizabeth Poirier (born October 27, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American politician who represents the 14th Bristol district in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and is the current Third Assistant House Minority Leader. She succeeded her husband Kevin Poirier, who resigned to become director of development at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.Jay Livingstone
Jay Livingstone is an American politician who has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since July 2013. He is a resident of Back Bay, Boston, a member of the Democratic Party. He won a special election to succeed Martha M. Walz, unopposed in the June 25 general election after winning the May 28 primary. He was sworn in July 17, 2013. He has since won re-election in 2014, 2016, and 2018.Jay was educated in North Attleboro’s public schools and worked as a cashier at the town pharmacy while in high school. He was a union factory worker while attending UConn, where he majored in political science and history and graduated with honors. He attended George Washington School of Law and graduated with high honors.Livingstone was raised in North Attleboro, MA. He has practiced law since 1998, working in public and private practice. He currently serves as of counsel at the law firm of The Employee Rights Group, LLP. Jay Livingstone served as an adjunct professor at Northeastern Law School from August 2009 through June 2013.Jay Livingstone maintains separate websites for updates regarding his legislative activities and his campaign activities. He also sends a regular email newsletter.Joseph W. Martin Jr.
Joseph William Martin Jr. (November 3, 1884 – March 6, 1968) was an American politician who served as the 44th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1947 to 1949 and 1953 to 1955; he represented the district covering North Attleborough, Massachusetts. He was the only Republican to serve as Speaker in a sixty-four year period from 1931 to 1995. He was a "compassionate conservative" who opposed the New Deal and supported the conservative coalition of Republicans and southern Democrats, especially on opposing labor unions.Early in his career, Martin worked as a newspaper editor and served in both houses of the Massachusetts General Court. He won election to the United States House of Representatives in 1924. He was elected House Minority Leader after the 1938 elections and continued to hold the lead House Republican position (either Speaker or House Minority Leader) until 1959. He also served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1940 to 1942 at the behest of Wendell Willkie, the 1940 Republican presidential nominee. Martin presided over five Republican National Conventions and frequently became involved in presidential politics. He urged General Douglas MacArthur to seek the 1952 Republican presidential nomination, and supporters of Robert A. Taft accused Martin of favoring Dwight D. Eisenhower in Martin's role as chairman of the contentious 1952 Republican National Convention. After Eisenhower won the 1952 election, Martin supported Eisenhower's internationalist foreign policy outlook.
Martin lost his position as Republican leader after the party lost seats in the 1958 elections. He was succeeded by his more conservative deputy, Charles A. Halleck. Martin continued to serve in Congress until his defeat in the 1966 Republican primary by Margaret Heckler. Martin died in Hollywood, Florida in 1968.Kevin Poirier
Kevin Poirier (born July 7, 1940, in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American politician who was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1977 to 1999. From 1987 to 1990 he was the Assistant Minority Leader. Poirier resigned his seat in 1999 to become director of development at Sturdy Memorial Hospital. He was succeeded by his wife Elizabeth Poirier.Massachusetts Route 120
Route 120 is a state highway in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The highway runs 2.320 miles (3.734 km) from the Rhode Island state line east to U.S. Route 1 (US 1) within North Attleborough in western Bristol County. Route 120 connects North Attleborough with Cumberland, Rhode Island.North Attleborough Center, Massachusetts
North Attleborough Center is the central developed area in the town of North Attleborough in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. It was a census-designated place at the 2000 census, at which time its population was 16,796. It was not delineated as a census-designated place in 2010.North Attleborough High School
North Attleborough High School is a public high school in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, educating grades 9 through 12 with over one thousand students enrolled.Old Town Historic District (North Attleborough, Massachusetts)
The Old Town Historic District is a historic district in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, which encompasses the historic early town center of Attleboro, which it was originally a part of. It was here that Attleboro's first church was built, and its militia training ground was laid out. The district retains 18th-century vestiges of this early history, and was largely bypassed by 19th-century industrialization. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.Ryan and Kyle Pepi
Ryan and Kyle Pepi (born August 2, 1993, in North Attleboro, Massachusetts) are twin child actors. In 1995, they had a recurring role on the soap opera Another World, playing "Kirkland Harrison". In 1999, they played the character "Jackie Dunphy" in the movie Outside Providence. The twins also shared credits for guest roles on episodes of the television series MADtv in 1999, The X-Files in 2000, ER in 2001, and Robbery Homicide Division in 2002. Ryan and Kyle also worked on commercials for products such as Ford Windstar, Papa Gino's, Playskool, Milton Bradley, Kids Town, Family Fun Magazine, and Parents Magazine.In 2011, Kyle Christopher Pepi and Ryan David Pepi graduated from Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Massachusetts.Sandy Rosenthal
Sandy Rosenthal is an American civic activist and founder of Levees.Org, an organization created in October 2005 to educate the American public about the cause of the levee failures and catastrophic flooding in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.South Washington Street Historic District (North Attleborough, Massachusetts)
The South Washington Street Historic District is a historic district encompassing 200 years of residential architecture in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. It extends along South Washington Street in the central portion of the town, between Elm Street in the north, and Sutherland Street in the south and includes two properties on Hunking Street. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.Ten Mile River (Seekonk River tributary)
The Ten Mile River is a river within the U.S. states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It flows approximately 22 miles (35 km) and drains a watershed of 54 square miles (140 km2).The North Attleborough National Fish Hatchery is located in its upper reaches, and the river offers stocked trout fishing in the spring.
The Ten Mile River was badly polluted in the mid 1900s but has subsequently been remediated. Although there are still issues with metals and sediments in the water, the river and nearly all its tributaries are now designated as Class B waters (fishable, swimmable).Towne Street Historic District
The Towne Street Historic District is a historic district on Towne Street, east of Jackson Street in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. Included in the district are numbers 224, 240, 251, and 260 Towne Street. It encompasses a collection of widely spaced rural-suburban houses built in the middle decades of the 19th century. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.
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