http://www.KensingtonRealEstateBrokerage.com - North Attleboro, Massachusetts is an industrial town in Bristol county on the Rhode Island border. In pre-colonial times, it was the site of the Bay Path, a major Indian trail to Narragansett Bay, the Seekonk River and Boston. John Woocock and family established a small settlement in North Attleboro in 1669, which subsisted on agriculture, fishing and hunting, but also clearly liked a little conviviality because by 1670, Woocock had received a license to open an ordinary, or tavern.
The settlement was attacked during King Philip's War, with two killed and one home burned, but the garrison house which Woocock had built survived the attack. Recovery was swift after the war and the community grew very quickly. In about 1780, a French settler set up a forge for working brass and the industrial era arrived in North Attleboro. 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 were king.
By 1834, it was said that North Attleboro produced more buttons than anywhere else in the United States. Through the 19th century, there was tremendous growth and innovation in the jewelry industry and the number of firms in the town increased sharply. The Civil War spurred their growth with profitable U. S. Army orders for badges and medals. North Attleboro also retains an outstanding collection of mid to late 19th century houses including several Italianate villas.
Located just 32 miles southwest of Boston and 12 miles north of Providence RI. Located at the crossroads of Route 95, 295, and 495 and is easily accessed by Amtrack and MBTA Commuter Rail lines making North Attleboro easy for commuters. In addition, it is located near airports in Boston, Providence and Worcester as well as the busy seaports of Boston Harbor and Narragansett Bay.
North Attleboro has preserved many historic homes that date back to the early 1900s. Numerous shopping options are available, particularly along Route 1 and the 3 story Emerald Square Mall. Nearby is the Wrentham Village Outlet Mall, and Providence Place in Providence, RI, providing shoppers with a variety of retail choices. Noted for its fine public schools, North Attleboro offers a wide array of youth programs with a concentration on sports.
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