Dighton is a town in Bristol County, United States. The population was 7,086 at the 2010 census; the town is located on the western shore of the Taunton River in the southeastern part of the state. Dighton's location has long made it a crossroads for travel The "Old Bristol Path" took early settlers from the Pilgrim settlement in Plymouth, Massachusetts to Bristol, Rhode Island, the home of Massasoit. A ferry took travelers across the Taunton River. A stage coach ran through Dighton, connecting Taunton and Bristol. Dighton was along the route between Fall River and Taunton. Dighton was part of Taunton's South Purchase and other surrounding towns, it was separated in 1672 incorporated in 1712. It was named for wife of Richard Williams, a town elder. At the time of incorporation, the town included land on both sides of the Taunton River, including the land of Assonet Neck, which includes Dighton Rock, a rock found in the shallows of the river which includes cryptic carvings whose origins are debated to this day.
However, in 1799, that land on the east bank of the river was annexed by Berkley, thus giving that town the claim of being the home of the rock. In 1765, shortly after the renewal of the Molasses Act, Dighton's wharves were the site of the "Molasses Affair," a protest of British taxes on molasses similar to the more famous Boston Tea Party. A local ship reported a cargo of 63 casks of molasses to the British custom officials, but the ship contained double that number; the customs official ordered the ship's cargo impounded while he departed for Newport for assistance. While he was gone, forty local men with blackened faces stole the cargo, ran the ship aground, drilled holes in the hull to protest British tax policies. During the time of the American Revolutionary War, Dighton gave refuge to several refugees from Newport, Rhode Island who had fled the British occupation there; these included Ezra Stiles and William Ellery. Stiles kept a diary of his time in Dighton. In January 1778 the town council voted in favor of the Articles of Confederation.
As it was located at the beginning of the tidewater of the river, Dighton was a shipbuilding community, had status as a port of call. North of Dighton the Taunton River becomes too shallow for ships to navigate, this, along with its centralized location, allowed Dighton to became a shipping hub for southeastern Massachusetts. In 1789 Dighton was made a port of entry for the surrounding towns. Ships would unload in Dighton and goods were either transferred to smaller boats or towed by oxen along a tow path on the east side of the river to Taunton. Herring were plentiful in the Taunton River, at one point Dighton's herring fishery provided more income to the town than any other industry. Fish were exported as far away as the West Indies. Shipbuilding started in Dighton as early as 1698. Thomas Coram built Dighton's first shipyard on the west side of the Taunton River. Shipbuilding grew into a significant industry after 1800, peaking around 1850. During 1840-1845 twenty-two schooners, two sloops, four brigs, three barks were built in Dighton.
There were cotton mills, paper mills and farming concerns in the town. From before the Civil War to at least 1912, the town was regionally known for its strawberry farms. With time, many of these industries left, leaving the town as a rural suburban community with some small farms. In 2012, Dighton celebrated its Tricentennial with town selectmen donning historic costumes and crossing the Taunton River to Ferry Landing. Afterwards they held a ceremony at Founders Hall. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 22.6 square miles, of which 22.0 square miles is land and 0.58 square miles, or 2.56%, is water. Dighton is bordered by Rehoboth to the west, Swansea to the southwest, Somerset to the south, the Taunton River and the town of Berkley to the east, the city of Taunton to the north. In addition to being bordered by the Taunton River, it is bordered by the Three Mile River, a tributary which empties into the Taunton along the northeast border of town; the town is crossed by the Segreganset River, another tributary of the Taunton which flows through the center of town, as well as several smaller brooks.
The highest point in the town is in its northwest corner, where the elevation rises above 236 feet above sea level. Dighton is the site of the Berkley–Dighton Bridge a one-lane bridge built in the 1890s as a link between Center Street in Dighton and Elm Street in Berkley, it is the only span crossing the Taunton River between the Brightman Street Bridge between Somerset and Fall River, the Plain Street Bridge in Taunton, a drive of 12 1⁄2 miles. In 2010, the old bridge was demolished and a temporary bridge handled traffic as a new bridge was built. In August 2015 a new two-lane bridge opened to traffic. Dighton's localities are Chestnut Tree Corner, Dighton Rock State Park, North Dighton, South Dighton and Wheeler's Corner; as of the census of 2000, there were 6,175 people, 2,201 households, 1,718 families residing in the town. The population density was 275.9 people per square mile. There were 2,280 housing units at an average density of 101.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 97.80% White, 0.53% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, 0.70% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.07% of the population. There were 2,201 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.5% were married couples livin
Freetown is a town in Bristol County, United States. The population was 8,870 at the 2010 census. Freetown is one of the oldest communities in the United States, having been settled by the Pilgrims and their descendants in the latter half of the 17th century; the town once included the city of Fall River, a portion of Acushnet. The town celebrated its tercentenary in 1983. Freetown is divided into two villages, which developed entirely independent from one another: Assonet and East Freetown. Freetown lies along old Indian trails from Freetown to Boston. Freetown is home to the Freetown-Fall River State Forest, Profile Rock and is located 50 miles from Boston. Freetown was first settled by the English on April 2, 1659 on the banks of the Assonet River, when the areas of Assonet and Fall River were purchased for 20 coats, two rugs, two iron pots, two kettles, one little kettle, eight pairs of shoes, six pairs of stockings, one dozen hoes, one dozen hatchets, two yards of broadcloth from the Wampanoag Indians in an exchange known as Ye Freemen's Purchase.
Its population grew, it existed as a Proprietary settlement until it was incorporated in July 1683. It remained a part of Plymouth Colony until that colony merged with the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1692; the town was the fifth municipal corporation established in Bristol County. Throughout the 18th century, the town continued to prosper. In 1747, through the Pocasset Purchase, the village of East Freetown was acquired from Tiverton, Rhode Island; the townspeople were some of America's earliest patriots, fighting in King Philip's War and other local skirmishes. On May 28, 1775, during the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Freetown was fought in a part of the town, now part of the city of Fall River. In 1803, Fall River separated from the town, incorporated as Troy. In 1815, a portion of the town was annexed by Fairhaven, which at the time controlled Acushnet, Massachusetts; that part of East Freetown remains part of Acushnet to this day. Throughout the 18th, 19th, early 20th centuries, Freetown served as a industrious area.
Blast furnaces, fishing and manufacturing all came to and left Freetown allowing the area to regain its former rural charm. One of the more well-known industries was N. R. Davis & Sons, a gun manufactory that provided many weapons for the Civil War. One Massachusetts governor, Marcus Morton, has hailed from Freetown; the town has boasted a number of representatives to the General Court, the state's legislature. Freetown celebrated its tricentennial in 1983; the Town is home to two Historic Districts of the National Register of Historic Places: the Assonet Village Historic District, the East Freetown Historic District. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.3 square miles, of which land is 36.6 square miles, 1.7 square miles is water. The town is irregularly shaped, is bordered by Berkley to the northwest, Lakeville to the northeast, Rochester to the east, New Bedford and Dartmouth to the southeast, Fall River to the southwest, the Taunton River and Somerset to the west.
Within Freetown are various lakes and rivers. The more prominent are Fall Brook, the Assonet River and Long Pond which the Indians called Lake Apponequet. Within Freetown are Breakneck Hill and Joshua's Mountain, site of Profile Rock. A vast area of land shared by Freetown and Fall River makes up the Freetown-Fall River State Forest. Freetown is serviced by three exits on Route 24 in Assonet and one exit on Route 140 in East Freetown. Assonet is situated on Route 79, East Freetown is situated on Route 18; the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority provides commuter rail service to neighboring Lakeville via the Middleborough-Lakeville line, whose terminus is on the border of the two towns. Plans exist to extend service to Fall River via Assonet in the future, most along the same path CSX operates. Air transportation is provided locally by smaller aircraft in East Taunton and the regional airport in New Bedford. T. F. Green Airport in Rhode Island is the closest national-service airport, being 35 miles from Assonet.
Logan International Airport is fifty miles from the town. Freetown is governed in the traditional New England style with a Board of Selectmen overseeing day-to-day operations of the town and at least one town meeting per year to handle all major decisions including, but not limited to, budgets, by-laws, zoning. In 2004, provisions for a Town Administrator were put in place, in 2007, E. Winn Davis of Falmouth, Massachusetts was hired as the town's first administrator. Mr. Davis announced his retirement in February 2009, former Middleborough Town Manager John Healey was hired as the interim town administrator in March 2009, he was replaced by former East Providence manager Richard Brown in January 2012, who left on June 30, 2014, with Mr. Healey returning on July 8; the executive branch of town government is the Board of Selectmen, a popularly elected board made up of three members who are elected for terms of three years. One selectman is up for re-election every year; the current board is Lisa A. Pacheco, George L. Grunwald and Charles B.
Sullivan. Selectmen serve terms of three years each, those terms are staggered to ensure that only one member is up for re-election in any given year. Through the 17th, 18th, 1
Norton is a town in Bristol County, United States, contains the village of Norton Center. The population was 19,031 at the 2010 census. Home of Wheaton College, Norton hosts the Dell Technologies Championship, a tournament of the PGA Tour held annually on the Labor Day holiday weekend at the TPC Boston golf club. Norton was first settled in 1669 and was called North Taunton for its location on the northern border of Taunton, Massachusetts; the town was renamed "Norton"—after Norton, England, where many early settlers had originated—when the town was established on March 17, 1710. Parts of Norton were established as Easton on December 21, 1725, as Mansfield on April 26, 1770. Metacomet, the Wampanoag Indian sachem known as "King Phillip", is said to have hidden in a cave here near the end of King Philip's War before meeting his death in Hockomock Swamp. According to one source, "Every Norton school child has been entertained with the legend of King Phillip's Cave."The bandstand within the town center was erected using donated funds during the first Gulf War, in honor of the veterans who served from Norton.
Norton is a small but growing town. In elementary school, students were told the story of the "Devil's Foot Print", where James Wetherall sold his soul to the devil; the devil's foot print can be seen at Norton's Joseph C. Solmonese Elementary School; every 26 years, the school unburies a time capsule, the last of, buried in 1999. The time capsule will be opened next in 2026; the Sun Chronicle describes: So it was in December 1997, when a traffic light was installed at the intersection of routes 123 and 140 in Norton. It was the town's first full traffic light and, in a manner of speaking, it declared "Norton isn't Mayberry anymore." Norton is a location in the claimed paranormal Bridgewater Triangle. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.8 square miles, of which 28.7 square miles is land and 1.1 square miles, or 3.72%, is water. Norton is low and swampy; the waters of the area are fed by the Wading River and the Canoe River, both of which feed into the Taunton River downstream.
The two largest bodies of water in town are the Norton Reservoir, north of the center of town, Winnecunnet Pond on the east, fed by the Canoe River and feeds into the Mill River. The town, an irregular polygon oriented from northeast to southwest, is bordered by Easton to the northeast, Taunton to the southeast, Rehoboth to the south, Attleboro to the southwest, Mansfield to the northwest. Norton is 27 miles south-southwest of Boston, 15 miles northeast of Providence, Rhode Island. Norton is served by Interstate 495 and Massachusetts Routes 123 and 140, which meet at the center of town. There is an exit off of I-495 for Route 123 in the eastern part of town, 140's exit to the interstate lies just north of the Mansfield town line. One route of the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority runs through town, linking the two cities on either side; the Middleboro Subdivision passes through the town, with 4.5 miles of railroad track crossing the southern quarter of town, linking lines in Attleboro and Taunton.
The Providence/Stoughton_Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail system has stops in both Attleboro and Mansfield nearby, providing rail access to Providence and Boston. The nearest municipal airport is in neighboring Mansfield, with the nearest national and international flights being either from Boston's Logan International Airport or T. F. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island; the town is bisected southeast to northwest by Interstate 495, as well as Massachusetts Route 140 from north to south and Massachusetts Route 123 from southwest to northeast. Exit 10 off of I-495 links the highway with Route 123. Exit 9 and Exit 11 are just over the town lines. Route 140 and Route 123 intersect by the town green. Although it is not signed as such, many fans attending concerts and events at the Xfinity Center reach the venue by driving along Route 123 to Route 140; the town is a part of the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority bus line. The nearest MBTA station is in Mansfield; as of the census of 2000, there were 18,036 people, 5,872 households, 4,474 families residing in the town.
These residents are referred to as either "Nortonites" or "Nortonians", though the term "Norts" is used in colloquial context. The population density was 628.3 people per square mile. There were 5,961 housing units at an average density of 207.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 92.15% White, 1.16% African American, 0.13% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 4.47% from other races, 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population. There were 5,872 households out of which 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 23.8% were non-families. 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.22. In the town, the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 12.6% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 mal
Easton is a town in Bristol County, United States. The population was 23,112 at the 2010 census, it is part of the Greater Boston area, but is part of the 6-county definition of the Providence MSA. Easton is governed by an elected Board of Selectmen. Open Town Meeting acts as the legislative branch of the town; the Selectman choose a Town Administrator to run the day-to-day operations of the town. Easton was first settled in 1694 and was incorporated in 1725. In 1694, the first settler, Clement Briggs, established his home near the Easton Green. In 1711, the Taunton North Purchase area became Norton, in 1713, the sixty-nine families settled in Easton and hired Elder William Pratt as their first minister. Prior to the settlers' establishment, the area was occupied by Native Americans as a hunting area and a burial ground. During King Philip's War, Metacom known as King Philip, used part of Easton as a headquarters for his troops. There was no legal parish in Easton until 1722. In 1725, the area was incorporated as the Town of Easton.
During the Revolutionary War, General George Washington stayed at the Benjamin Williams Tavern on Bay Road, now the second oldest existing house in Easton, while on his way to negotiate for cannonballs at the old Perry Foundry in Taunton. In 1803, the Ames Shovel Works was established and became nationally known as having provided the shovels which laid the Union Pacific Railroad and opened the west. In 1875, the shovel production of the Ames plant was worth $1.5 million. The most notable of the Ames family were Oakes Ames, a key figure in the Crédit Mobilier of America scandal, Oliver Ames, governor of Massachusetts from 1887–1890; the Ames family shaped the town's economy, was responsible for the presence of a number of landmark buildings in the town designed by H. H. Richardson, originator of the Richardsonian Romanesque style and designer of Trinity Church in Boston. Richardson buildings in Easton include: The Ames Free Library Oakes Ames Memorial Hall The Old Colony Railroad Station The Ames Gate Lodge The F. L. Ames Gardener's Cottage Though this school complex was not made by Richardson himself, it was dedicated to him and made in his style: H.
H. Richardson/F. L. Olmsted Intermediate SchoolAlthough intended to be the town hall, the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall was never accepted by the town and never used for that purpose. In addition, there is a commercial building at 69 Main Street which designed and build in the nineteenth century by Richardson's office in a Richardsonian style; the Richardson buildings are all located within a compact area designated as the H. H. Richardson Historic District; the area includes The Rockery, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who landscaped grounds of Oakes Ames Memorial Hall and the Ames Free Library. Within a few blocks of the H. H. Richardson Historic District is Unity Church, built by the Ames family in 1875, designed in the Gothic Revival Style by architect and publisher John Ames Mitchell, it includes an ornate oak frieze including sculptures of twenty-two angels playing music, carved by Johannes Kirchmayer, two notable stained-glass windows, "Angel of Help," and "Figure of Wisdom," both by John LaFarge.
"Figure of Wisdom," completed in 1901, is the largest stained-glass work created by LaFarge. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.2 square miles, of which 28.4 square miles is land and 0.7 square miles is water. The town, in addition to its own smaller state forest, includes part of Borderland State Park at the northwest corner of town, Hockomock Swamp Wildlife Management Area at the southeast corner of town, all of Wheaton Farm Conservation Area in the southwest. All of the town's waterways are considered part of the Taunton River Watershed area, which in turn is the eastern section of the Narragansett Bay Watershed area. Easton forms the northeastern corner of Bristol County, where the county intersects with Plymouth County to the east and Norfolk County to the north; the localities of Easton include Alger's Corner, Daley Corner, Easton Center, Easton Green, Five Corners, Furnace Village, Goward's Corner, Morris Corner, Morse Corner, North Easton, Pratt's Corner, South Easton.
Easton is located in eastern Massachusetts. The trapezoidal-shaped town is bordered by Brockton and West Bridgewater to the east and Raynham to the south, Norton to either side of its southwest corner, Mansfield to the west, Sharon and Stoughton to the north; as of the census of 2000, there were 22,299 people, 7,489 households, 5,571 families residing in the town. The population density was 784.1 people per square mile. There were 7,631 housing units at an average density of 268.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 91.94% White, 1.59% African American, 0.04% Native American, 1.39% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 4.13% from other races, 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.58% of the population. There were 7,489 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 25.6% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.21. In the town, the population was s
North Westport, Massachusetts
North Westport is a census-designated place in the town of Westport in Bristol County, United States. The population was 4,571 at the 2010 census. North Westport is located at 41°39′38″N 71°5′18″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 15.9 km². 13.4 km² of it is land and 2.5 km² of it is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 4,533 people, 1,742 households, 1,299 families residing in the CDP; the population density was 337.2/km². There were 1,806 housing units at an average density of 134.4/km². The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.66% White, 0.24% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population. There were 1,742 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 25.4% were non-families.
21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.01. In the CDP, the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 27.9% from 45 to 64, 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.9 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $45,433, the median income for a family was $55,881. Males had a median income of $40,532 versus $30,125 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $20,790. About 3.4% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.5% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over. The village of North Westport, is the oldest village out of seven villages located in the town of Westport, Massachusetts; the village of North Westport and Westport Factory were the headquarters of the Westport Manufacturing Company, established in 1854 on the banks of the east branch of the Westport River.
The village had many schools, churches and stores, which provided many jobs for residents in the area at that time. The electric trolley services, built in 1894, connected the cities of Fall River and New Bedford as well as making stops at the factory and nearby Lincoln Park, an amusement park that provided entertainment for people in the summer months; the village went downhill in the mid to late 20th century as the Westport Manufacturing Company went bankrupt and the closing of Lincoln Park in 1987. Today, the village has become a quiet neighborhood and is still home to many small businesses and stores along U. S. Route 6
Fairhaven is a town in Bristol County, United States. It is located on the South Coast of Massachusetts where the Acushnet River flows into Buzzards Bay, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean; the town shares a harbor with the city of New Bedford, a place well known for its whaling and fishing heritage. The population of Fairhaven was 15,873 at the time of the 2010 census and estimated at 16,078 in mid-2016. Fairhaven was first settled in 1659 as "Cushnea", the easternmost part of the town of Dartmouth, it was founded on land purchased by English settlers at the Plymouth Colony from the Wampanoag sachem Massasoit, his son, Wamsutta. In 1787, the eastern portion of Dartmouth formed a new settlement called New Bedford; this new town included areas that are the present-day towns of Fairhaven and New Bedford itself. Fairhaven separated from New Bedford, it was incorporated in 1812. At that time, Fairhaven included all of the land on the east bank of the Acushnet River; the northern portion of Fairhaven, upriver from Buzzards Bay, formed another independent town, called Acushnet, in 1860.
Thus, what had once been a single town, with a substantial land area, became, in less than 75 years, four separate municipalities. Fort Phoenix is located in Fairhaven at the mouth of the Acushnet River, it served, during colonial and revolutionary times, as the primary defense against seaborne attacks on New Bedford harbor. Within sight of the fort, the first naval battle of the American Revolution took place on 14 May 1775. Under the command of Nathaniel Pope and Daniel Egery, a group of 25 Fairhaven minutemen aboard the sloop Success retrieved two vessels captured by a British warship in Buzzards Bay. On 5 and 6 September 1778, the British landed four thousand soldiers on the west side of the Acushnet River, they burned ships and warehouses in New Bedford, skirmished at the Head-of-the-River bridge, marched through Fairhaven to Sconticut Neck, burning homes along the way. In deference to the overwhelming force approaching from the landward side, the fort was abandoned, it was destroyed by the enemy.
An attack on Fairhaven village itself was repelled by militia under the command of Major Israel Fearing, who had marched from Wareham, some 15 miles away, with additional militiamen. Fearing's heroic action saved Fairhaven from further molestation; the fort was enlarged before the War of 1812, it helped repel an attack on the harbor by British forces. In the early morning hours of 13 June 1814, landing boats were launched from the British raider, HMS Nimrod. Alerted by the firing of the guns at Fort Phoenix, the militia gathered, the British did not come ashore; the fort was decommissioned in 1876, in 1926 the site was donated to the town by Cara Rogers Broughton. Today, the area surrounding the fort includes a bathing beach; the fort lies just to the seaward side of the harbor's hurricane barrier. Prior to the second half of the nineteenth century, whale oil was the primary source of fuel for lighting in the United States; the whaling industry was an economic mainstay for many New England coastal communities for over two hundred years.
The famous whaling port of New Bedford is located across the Acushnet River from Fairhaven. Fairhaven was a whaling port; the author of Moby-Dick, Herman Melville, departed from the port of Fairhaven aboard the whaleship Acushnet in 1841. However, once New Bedford's predominance in the whaling industry became apparent, Fairhaven's economy evolved into one that supplemented the New Bedford economy rather than competing directly with it. Fairhaven became a town of shipwrights, ship chandlers, ropemakers and sailmakers, it became a popular location for ship-owners and ship-captains to build their homes and raise their children. Among Fairhaven's natives was Henry Huttleston Rogers, a businessman and philanthropist. Rogers was one of the key men in John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil trust, he developed the Virginian Railway. Rogers and his wife, Abbie Gifford Rogers, another Fairhaven native, donated many community improvements in the late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century, including a grammar school, an extraordinarily luxurious high school, the Town Hall, the George H. Taber Masonic Building, the Unitarian Memorial Church, the Tabitha Inn, the Millicent Library, a modern water-and-sewer system.
These structures were erected to top-quality construction standards, a trademark philosophy of Henry H. Rogers, his grandson was The 1st Baron Fairhaven. Fairhaven's great benefactor, Henry H. Rogers, befriended a number of the mighty. Among his friends were Booker T. Washington, Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller, Mark Twain, all of whom came to visit Rogers in Fairhaven, sometimes for protracted periods. Late in Twain's life, he had, through imprudent investments and more than a little bad luck, managed to impoverish himself. Rogers lent him a helping hand, Twain did whatever he could to return the favors. On 22 February 1894, the third o
Somerset is a town in Bristol County, United States. The population was 18,165 at the 2010 census, it is the birthplace and hometown of Clifford Milburn Holland, the chief engineer and namesake of the Holland Tunnel in New York City. Somerset was first settled in 1677 on the Shawomet lands, was incorporated in 1790, it was named for Somerset Square in Boston, which was, in turn, named for the county of Somerset in England. It was once a vital shipping point, after the War of 1812 it was one of America's chief distribution points. In 1872, it became the site of a major coal port, in the early 20th century a large cannery existed in the town. However, as neighboring Fall River's industry grew, it absorbed much of Somerset's, the town took on more of a suburban character. In fact, the town's population grew during the Great Depression, as many people from Fall River and other localities moved to the suburb. Today, the town's major industry is power generation, with the Montaup Electric Company plant upriver and the Brayton Point Power Station at the town's southern tip.
Brayton Point has been the target of much criticism for its pollution problems from burning coal. It closed May 31, 2017; the town has had a connective relationship with Fall River. Slade's Ferry ran across the Taunton River to connect the two towns since the late 18th century. In the late 19th century, the Slade's Ferry Bridge connected the two towns, from the current southern terminus of Brayton Avenue in Somerset to Brownell Street in Fall River, was double-decked, with a railroad section on the top level; the bridge was dismantled after closing in 1970 due to its low height. The Brightman Street Bridge just to the north was opened in 1908. A new bridge, named the Veterans Memorial Bridge, was completed prior to a dedication ceremony held on September 11, 2011. At first, only the westbound side of the bridge was open to traffic. Since both lanes of the bridge have been opened for traffic. Somerset is located at 41°44′54″N 71°9′11″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 12.0 square miles, of which 8.1 square miles is land and 3.9 square miles, or 32.30%, is water.
It borders on Mount Hope Bay and Narragansett Bay, its east border is formed by the Taunton River, an arm of that bay. Somerset is bordered by Swansea on the west, Dighton on the north, Fall River on the east, Bristol, Rhode Island, to the south; the border with Bristol is located in the middle of the bay. Cities close to Somerset include Fall River, New Bedford, Providence, the town is one hour's drive south of Boston; the town is accessed via Interstate 195, which enters the town via the Braga Bridge from Fall River and has an exit at Route 103. It is connected via the Veterans Memorial Bridge, the fourth bridge to cross the Taunton River between the town and city; the Veterans Memorial Bridge carries U. S. Route Route 138 across the river. Route 6 heads east-west towards Swansea, with several shopping plazas along the route. Route 138 travels north from the bridge along County Street, the town's main north-south thoroughfare, towards Dighton. Route 103's eastern terminus lies at the former intersection of Routes 6 and 138 just south of the new bridge.
It heads south-southeast for three-quarters of a mile before turning west-northwest towards Swansea, crossing into that town at a bridge over Lee's River. Due to the controversy in Fall River over the proposed building of an LNG terminal, town officials have consider keeping the old Brightman Street Bridge open, as the tankers would not fit through it, the terminal's proposed site is upriver of the bridges. However, as of the opening of the new bridge, the bridge is closed, as the old roads leading to it on the Fall River side have been removed to make way for the new bridge's ramp system. Somerset has bus service along Route 6 provided by the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority; the nearest regional bus service is in Fall River, the nearest rail service is in Providence. There are plans in the works to bring commuter rail service to Fall River, which would give the town rail access to Boston; the town's nearest regional airport is in New Bedford, 18 miles away. Until the late 1990s, the nearest airport was in Fall River.
The nearest national airport is T. F. Green Airport in Rhode Island, 27 miles away; the nearest international airport is Logan International Airport, 55 miles away in Boston. As of the census of 2000, there were 18,234 people, 6,987 households, 5,261 families residing in the town; the population density was 2,248.6 people per square mile. There were 7,143 housing units at an average density of 880.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 98.22% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population. There were 6,987 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.4% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.7% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.98. In the town, the population was spread out