Freetown, Massachusetts

Freetown
Freetown is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States.wikipedia
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Assonet, Massachusetts

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Freetown is currently divided into two villages, which historically developed almost entirely independent from one another: Assonet and East Freetown. 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, and two yards of broadcloth from the Wampanoag Indians in an exchange known as Ye Freemen's Purchase.
Assonet is one of two villages in the town of Freetown, Massachusetts in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States.

East Freetown, Massachusetts

East Freetown
Freetown is currently divided into two villages, which historically developed almost entirely independent from one another: Assonet and East Freetown. In 1747, through the Pocasset Purchase, the village of East Freetown (at the time called "New Freetown") was acquired from Tiverton, Rhode Island (which was being transferred from Massachusetts to Rhode Island).
East Freetown is one of two villages in the town of Freetown, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States.

Freetown-Fall River State Forest

Freetown is home to the Freetown-Fall River State Forest, and Profile Rock and is located approximately 50 mi from Boston.
The Freetown-Fall River State Forest (commonly shortened to Freetown State Forest) is a publicly owned forest covering more than 5000 acre in the city of Fall River and the towns of Freetown and Lakeville in the state of Massachusetts.

Fall River, Massachusetts

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The town once included the city of Fall River (1659–1803), and a portion of Acushnet (1659–1815). 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, and two yards of broadcloth from the Wampanoag Indians in an exchange known as Ye Freemen's Purchase. On May 28, 1775, during the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Freetown was fought in a part of the town that is now part of the city of Fall River.
In 1653, Freetown was settled at Assonet Bay by members of the Plymouth Colony, as part of Freeman's Purchase, which included the northern part of what is now Fall River.

Assonet River

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, and two yards of broadcloth from the Wampanoag Indians in an exchange known as Ye Freemen's Purchase. The more prominent are Fall Brook, the Assonet River and Long Pond which the Indians called Lake Apponequet.
It flows 7.4 mi in a westerly direction through Freetown and joins the Taunton River near Assonet Neck in Berkley, Massachusetts.

Bristol County, Massachusetts

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Freetown is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States.
East Freetown was officially purchased by Freetown, Massachusetts, from Tiverton in 1747, and so remained on the Massachusetts side.

Profile Rock

Freetown is home to the Freetown-Fall River State Forest, and Profile Rock and is located approximately 50 mi from Boston.
Profile Rock (also known as the Old Man of Joshua's Mountain) is a 50-foot high granite rock formation located in Freetown, Massachusetts just outside Assonet village and near the Freetown State Forest.

Wampanoag

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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, and two yards of broadcloth from the Wampanoag Indians in an exchange known as Ye Freemen's Purchase.
It is one of the Pokanoket royal family clans of the Wattupa Reservation State Park in Freetown and Fall River, Massachusetts.

Mount Hope Bay raids

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On May 28, 1775, during the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Freetown was fought in a part of the town that is now part of the city of Fall River.
The towns of Bristol and Warren, Rhode Island were significantly damaged, and Freetown, Massachusetts (present-day Fall River) was also attacked, although its militia resisted British attacks more successfully.

Acushnet, Massachusetts

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The town once included the city of Fall River (1659–1803), and a portion of Acushnet (1659–1815).
Acushnet is bordered to the east and northeast by Rochester, to the southeast by Mattapoisett, to the south by Fairhaven, to the west by New Bedford, and to the northwest by Freetown.

Long Pond (Lakeville, Massachusetts)

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The more prominent are Fall Brook, the Assonet River and Long Pond which the Indians called Lake Apponequet.
Long Pond is a lake within the towns of Lakeville and Freetown, in southeastern Massachusetts.

New Bedford, Massachusetts

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Air transportation is provided locally by smaller aircraft in East Taunton, Berkley, and the regional airport in New Bedford.
New Bedford is a coastal city, a seaport, bordered on the west by Dartmouth, on the north by Freetown, on the east by Acushnet and Fairhaven, and on the south by Buzzards Bay.

Tiverton, Rhode Island

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In 1747, through the Pocasset Purchase, the village of East Freetown (at the time called "New Freetown") was acquired from Tiverton, Rhode Island (which was being transferred from Massachusetts to Rhode Island).
The boundary settlement of 1746 had put East Freetown in Massachusetts, and in 1747 it was purchased by Freetown.

Berkley, Massachusetts

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Air transportation is provided locally by smaller aircraft in East Taunton, Berkley, and the regional airport in New Bedford. In 1955, Freetown, Berkley, Carver, Lakeville, and Rochester formed a planning committee for a regional high school.
The town is bordered by the Taunton River and Dighton to the west, Taunton to the north and northeast, Lakeville to the east, and the Assonet Bay and Freetown to the south.

Massachusetts Route 18

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Assonet is also situated on Route 79, and East Freetown is situated on Route 18.
The highway goes through the East Freetown section of Freetown, Lakeville (with a three-mile (5 km) concurrency with Route 105 along Assawompset Pond), Middleborough, where the highway meets U.S. Route 44 and Route 28 at the Middleboro rotary just north of Interstate 495, beginning a six-mile (10 km) concurrency with Route 28 until the center of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Whitman, Abington, and Weymouth, ending at Route 53.

Massachusetts Route 79

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Assonet is also situated on Route 79, and East Freetown is situated on Route 18.
The route continues concurrently along Route 24 into the Assonet section of the town of Freetown, where it leaves its concurrency at Exit 9, turning on to South Main Street.

Plymouth Colony

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It remained a part of Plymouth Colony until that colony merged with the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1692.
Freetown, incorporated 1683, originally known as "Freemen's Land" by its first settlers.

Apponequet Regional High School

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On April 8, 1957, voters in Freetown and Lakeville approved construction of Apponequet Regional High School.
Apponequet Regional High School opened September 21, 1959, and serves secondary academic education students from the towns of Freetown, Assonet, and Lakeville, Massachusetts.

Freetown Elementary School

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As part of its Post-War improvements, the town constructed an eight-room schoolhouse known as Freetown Elementary School on a tract of land roughly in the geographic center of the town, with the cornerstone laid in 1949 and the school opening in September 1950.
Freetown Elementary School opened in 1950 and serves grammar school students from the town of Freetown, Massachusetts.

Town meeting

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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, and zoning.
In 2003, the Massachusetts communities of Freetown and Lakeville held their annual town meetings and voted on the budget for the Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District as part of those meetings.

Lakeville, Massachusetts

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Freetown's fire department provides 24-hour ambulance service to the town, and coverage to surrounding communities such as Lakeville. In 1955, Freetown, Berkley, Carver, Lakeville, and Rochester formed a planning committee for a regional high school.
Lakeville is irregularly shaped, bordered by Middleborough to the northeast and east, Rochester to the southeast, Freetown to the south and southwest, and Berkley and Taunton to the west.

Rochester, Massachusetts

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In 1955, Freetown, Berkley, Carver, Lakeville, and Rochester formed a planning committee for a regional high school.
Rochester is located along the western border of Plymouth County, and is bordered by Lakeville and Middleborough to the north, Wareham and Marion to the east, Mattapoisett to the south, and Acushnet and Freetown to the west.

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School

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Students wishing a vocational education can apply to Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School for grades 9-12.
Note that Lakeville is a member town while, Freetown is not and its students served are limited to around 90. Old Colony is affectionately known as OC, Old Colony Regional, Old Colony RVTHS, OCRVTH, & OCRVTHS.

The Herald News

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Fall River Herald News has covered the town regularly for the last several years, after reducing its coverage in the late 1990s.
Its coverage area includes Fall River and the nearby towns of Dighton, Freetown, Somerset, Swansea and Westport, Massachusetts; and Little Compton and Tiverton, Rhode Island.

The Standard-Times (New Bedford)

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News coverage of Freetown has consistently been handled by The New Bedford Standard-Times.
The Standard-Times coverage area includes Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, Freetown, Lakeville, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Rochester, Wareham, and Westport, Massachusetts.