Foxborough History

This town was originally a part of Stoughton; it was incorporated in 1778. The Rev. Thomas Kendall, the first minister, was ordained here in 1786. The church was embodied in 1779. Mr. Kendall continued its pastor till 1800. The Rev. Daniel Loring, his successor, was settled here in 1804, and resigned in 1806. Rev. Thomas Skelton, the third minister, continued here about four years; his successor, Rev. Thomas Williams, was installed in 1816. Rev. Willard Pierce, the next minister, was ordained in 1824.

More Fun Facts / Did You Know?

  • Doolittle Universalist Home for Aged Persons, Inc.s original bylaws required the majority of its officers must be Universalists.

  • The Foxvale Post Office was established on July 20, 1886, and discontinued on July 31, 1906.
  • Did you know the Moses A. Richardson house at 26 Baker Street was built in 1851?
  • Did you know the house at 8 Baker Street was built in 1860 and owned by Dr. Lemuel Dickerman?

  • Did you know the Old Greenleaf Farm can be viewed at 317 South Street?

  • The Powder House was erected in 1804 when voters decided to stop storing the Town's gun powder in the Meeting House garret.

  • In 1915, the population of Foxborough was 3,755.

  • There is a listing for The Foxboro Jewelry Co. in Trow's New York City Directory (1859) as 169 B'way.

  • By 1853, Foxborough was known worldwide as the "Straw Hat Capital of the World".

  • Did you know the 1986 Act establishing a Reserve Police Force in Foxborough amended Section 4-25 of Article 4 of the charter of the town?

  • Chapter 147 of the Acts of 1949, approved on April 8, allowed the Towns of Foxborough & Sharon to purchase water from each other.

  • The Act validating the establishment of our Regional School District For Vocational Education was approved June 23, 1964.

  • Foxborough Water and Sewer Reorganization Act of 1986 approved the creation of Foxborough Board Of Water And Sewer Commissioners.

  • Chap. 335 of 1928 authorized the Town of Foxborough to take over the properties of the Foxborough Village Improvement Association.

  • Did you know Chapter 440 of the ACTS of 1924 was approved on May 29? This established a part of the boundary between Walpole and Foxborough.

  • The legislative session that approved Chapter 1 of the Acts of 1778 began on May 27; the legislation was passed on June 10, 1778.

  • The name of the Massachusetts Hospital For Dipsomaniacs And Inebriates was changed to Foxborough State Hospital on May 12, 1905.

  • 1920's Chap. 502 was approved on May 25. It allowed the town to incur indebtedness to build a high school and town hall.

  • Did you know The Foxboro Jewelry Company was organized in 1852 to manufacture gold jewelry?

  • Did you know Foxborough has ~3,330 acres of protected open space?

  • Nehemiah Carpenter, Jeremiah Hartshorn, & Samuel Baker donated the land for a common meeting-house lot in 1783.

  • Did you know the population in 1950 was 7,030?

  • The anticipated build-out for the Foxborough Growth District is 1.5M sf office, 150,000 sf retail.

  • The Dead Swamp was a source of peat and crude bog iron in the 17th & 18th centuries.

  • Did you know there are 10,698 registered voters in Foxborough in May 2012?

  • Did you know Rev. Thomas Kendall was ordained as the first minister in 1779 and remained in the pastorate for 21 years?

  • Foxborough Branch Railroad Corporation changed its name in 1867 to Mansfield And Framingham Railroad Company.

  • Crackrock Pond was formed in 1734 by impounding the Neponset River.

  • Did you know The Foxborough Water Supply District was established on April 4, 1879?

  • Did you know the Old Greenleaf Farm can be viewed at 317 South Street?

  • The Lewis School opened in 1960 and was named for William R. Lewis.

  • Did you know the Robinson Hill School was built in 1955?

  • Oake Knoll Farm (a.k.a. Lawton's Farm) was founded by Jedediah Morse in 1734 and is a "Massachusetts Century Farm".

  • Did you know the Industrial Instrument Company changed it's name to "Foxboro Company" on January 1, 1914?

  • Foxborough was legally incorporated on June 10, 1778.

  • Do you know why kids and parents in Foxborough listened for 2-2-2?

  • Did you know the population in Foxborough in 1850 was 1,880?

  • Did you know there are more than ten cemeteries in Foxborough?

  • Did you know there are seventeen places (~one agent per thousand residents) to play the lottery in #Foxborough?

  • Schaefer Stadium was built in 1971.

  • The population of Foxborough in 1790 was 654.

  • The Massachusetts Hospital For Dipsomaniacs And Inebriates was the first hospital in America for alcoholics.

  • Did you know in 2009 most crashes occured in January and December?

  • Did you know a 2009 traffic count for Route 1 at the Walpole Town Line was 25100?

  • Did you know the train arrived in North Foxborough (a.k.a. Morseville) in 1886?

  • Foxbororough's "Growth District" was designated by the EOHED on November 20, 2008.

  • Paul Bowser & E.M. Loew opened Bay State Raceway on Route 1 in Foxborough in 1947.

  • Do you know when the Wood-Sumner House was built? If your answer is "around 1760" you are right!

  • Foxborough has given the state >$499,261.00 in CPA Funds since 2000, but received no money in return.

  • Do you know when the Downtown Revitalization Committee was formed?

  • The first recorded public celebration of St. Patrick's Day in Foxborough occured in 1861.

  • Chap. 335 of 1928 authorized the Town of Foxborough to take over the properties of the Foxborough Village Improvement Association.

  • The Foxborough Water and Sewer Reorganization Act of 1986 approved the creation of Foxborough Board Of Water And Sewer Commissioners.

  • The Act validating the establishment of our Regional School District For Vocational Education was approved June 23, 1964.

  • Chapter 147 of the Acts of 1949, approved on April 8, allowed the Towns of Foxborough & Sharon to purchase water from each other.

  • The 1986 Act establishing a Reserve Police Force in Foxborough amended Section 4-25 of Article 4 of the charter of the town.

  • By 1853, Foxborough was known worldwide as the "Straw Hat Capital of the World".

  • There is a listing for The Foxboro Jewelry Co. in Trow's New York City Directory (1859) as ?169 B'way?.

  • In 1915, the population of Foxborough was 3,755.

  • The Powder House was erected in 1804 when voters decided to stop storing the Town's gun powder in the Meeting House garret.

  • In 1902, East Foxborough residents petitioned the state legislature to allow secession & creation of a separate town named Sumner.

  • Chapter 154 of the ACTS of 1862 was approved on April 26. This authorized incorporation of the Foxborough Branch Railroad Corporation.

  • 1965's Chap. 831, approved on Jan. 3, 1966, authorized Foxborough to grant an all alcoholic beverage license to Post 2626 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Inc.

  • Chap, 54 of the Acts of 1988 designated part of Rte 495 in town as The Korean War Veterans Highway & was approved on May 31, 1988.

  • Chapter 200 of the Acts of 2012 allowed conveyance ~16.02 acres at Route 140 & Walnut Street intersection to Foxborough Housing Authority.

  • Chapter 311 of 1925 authorized the Foxborough Water Supply District to annex the East Foxborough Water Supply District.

  • Samaritan Hall building was enlarged around 1876-77 and is located on the western side of the common. It's currently home to a barbershop and other businesses.

  • Members of the Carpenter family built the Great Bonnet Shoppe at 16-18 Wall Street in 1843.

  • Otis Cary was the first president of the Foxborough Savings Bank.

  • Hervey Pettee, Deacon (1782-1843) built a thread mill at Lakeview in 1813.

  • Norbert Carl Annon was a member of Board Of Selectmen & Foxborough Housing Authority for many years.

  • Chapter 644 of 1955 authorized MassDMH to sell land to Lawrence W. Foster Post No. 93, Inc.

  • 32,698 attended NERevolution game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on November 29, 2014.

  • Chapter 599 of the Acts of 1982 authorizes the Town Of Foxborough to recall elected officials.

  • Henry Bradford Nason was born in Foxborough on June 22, 1831.

  • 20,184 people attended the @NERevolution game at @GilletteStadium on November 9, 2014.

  • Foxborough's public library opened in what is now known as Memorial Hall on January 31, 1871.

  • Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer received its charter and officially became a congregation on Nov. 1, 1964.

  • The Lewis Pond house at 21 Baker Street was built in 1854.

  • Industrial Instrument Company came to Foxborough in 1908?

  • The Orpheum Theatre was built in 1926 as a silent movie house.

  • the Quaker Hill School motto was "Dare to do Right".

  • The word "Cocasset" is thought to have come from Algonquin for "at the small kettle".

  • Foxborough Universalist Church was incorporated on October 16, 1896.

  • There are more than ten cemeteries in Foxborough.

  • On Sept. 29, 1946, the Off-Center Cross was used for the first time in any public worship service @ Foxborough Universalist Church

  • The tower and bell crashed through the roof of @UUFoxborough on Sept. 21, 1938.

  • The Doolittle Universalist Home For Aged Persons, Inc., was organized on July 19, 1915.

  • The name of the Massachusetts Hospital For Dipsomaniacs And Inebriates was changed to Foxborough State Hospital on May 12, 1905.

  • The train arrived in North Foxborough (a.k.a. Morseville) in 1886.

  • The Foxboro Reporter began on Saturday, September 13, 1884.

  • The Town last adopted a Master Plan in 1971.

  • The town was once home to the largest straw hat manufacturers of the time.
  • The Hamlet House (12-16 Wall Street) was built in 1845 by the Carpenter family.
  • The first concert held at Gillette Stadium was The Rolling Stones' Licks Tour on September 5, 2002.
  • 339 people were taken into police custody during CountryFest 2009.
  • During CountryFest 2010, 365 people wre taken into police custody.
  • The Police played at Sullivan Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on 8/10/83 on the 1983-1984 Synchronicity tour.
  • The Rolling Stones played at Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough during "Bridges To Babylon" Tour on 10/20/1997.
  • 16,102 attended NERevolution game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on March 12, 2016.

  • Union Straw Works on Wall Street was destroyed by fire on May 28, 1900.
  • Elijah Bird (1753-1821) is buried in Hodges-Pratt Burial Ground in Foxborough.
  • 23,472 attended the #NERevolution match at #GilletteStadium in Foxborough on May 21, 2016.
  • There was a "Fancy Hat Room" in the Union Straw Works.
  • Residents Erastus P. Carpenter, D. Hersey, And Robert W. Kerr were members of the American Art-Union in 1847.

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    • 1845s Chap. 48 authorized the incorporation of Neponset Reservoir Company to construct and maintain a reservoir in Foxborough.

    • Mass. DCR's portion of F. Gilbert Hills State Forest encompases 594.23 acres in Foxborough.

    • Chap. 831 of 1966 authorized the granting of an alcoholic beverages license to Post 2626 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Inc.

    • The Dexter Treatment Center Building at the former Foxborough State Hospital was named for Dr. Roderick B. Dexter in 1958.

    • Bruce Fairchild Barton (August 5, 1886 - July 5, 1967) - a former US Rep. from NY - is buried in Rock Hill Cemetery.

    • The first service in the Episcopal Church (the stone building at the corner of Market and South Streets) occurred on May 31, 1894.

    • 1949s Chap 16 authorized Foxborough to borrow money to purchase land and construct thereon an addition to the high school building.

    • Except for the election of officers, a quorum of any town meeting consists of 100 registered voters Art. 1 Sect. 3 Foxborough Gen. By-Laws.

    • Otis Cary was the first president of the Foxborough Savings Bank.

    • The New England Patriots played their first game at Schaefer Stadium on August 15, 1971.

    • The DCPO authorized the sale of approximately twenty acres on Walnut Street to the Foxborough Housing Authority for $1.00 in 1987.

    • Hervey Pettee (1782-1843) built a thread mill at Lakeview in 1813.

    • 1845s Chap. 48 authorized the incorporation of Neponset Reservoir Company to construct and maintain a reservoir in Foxborough.

    • The Quaker Hill School, at the corner of West Street and South Street, consisted of six grades in one room with one teacher.

    • 1974s Chapter 366 validated all acts & proceedings of the Town of Foxborough at its annual town meetings, and at adjourned sessions thereof.

    • The MassDCR's portion of F. Gilbert Hills State Forest encompases 594.23 acres in Foxborough.

    • Chap. 831 of 1966 authorized the granting of an alcoholic beverages license to Post 2626 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Inc.

    • The Dexter Treatment Center Building at the former Foxborough State Hospital was named for Dr. Roderick B. Dexter in 1958.

    • Chapter 275 of the Acts of 1974 created three year terms for new Foxborough Planning Board members.

    • The Orpheum Theatre was built in 1926 as a silent movie house.

    • Captain Josiah Pratt (B. 2-14-1719 D. 2-7-1800)

    • Chap. 16 of the Acts of 1999 provided for a parking and traffic management zone w/in a 3 mile radius of the center of the stadium.

    • Bruce Fairchild Barton (August 5, 1886 - July 5, 1967) - a former US Rep. from NY - is buried in Rock Hill Cemetery.

    • The monument for Mr. Zadock Howe (1742-1819) is located at The Centre Burying Ground.

    • Except for the election of officers, a quorum of any town meeting consists of 100 registered voters Art. 1 Sect. 3 Foxborough Gen. By-Laws.

    • The first service in the Episcopal Church (the stone building at the corner of Market and South Streets) occurred on May 31, 1894.


    • 1949s Chap 16 authorized Foxborough to borrow money to purchase land and construct thereon an addition to the high school building

    • 1949s Chap. 16 authorized Foxborough to borrow money to purchase land and construct and furnish an addition to the high school building.

    • Except for the election of officers, a quorum of any town meeting consists of 100 registered voters Art. 1 Sect. 3 Foxborough Gen. By-Laws

    • Did you know Otis Cary was the first president of the Foxborough Savings Bank?

    • Did you know The New England Patriots played their first game at Schaefer Stadium on August 15, 1971?

    • The DCPO authorized the sale of approximately twenty acres on Walnut Street to the Foxborough Housing Authority for $1.00 in 1987.

    • Did you know Hervey Pettee (1782-1843) built a thread mill at Lakeview in 1813?

    • 1845s Chap. 48 authorized the incorporation of Neponset Reservoir Company to construct and maintain a reservoir in Foxborough.

    • Did you know the Quaker Hill School, at the corner of West Street and South Street, consisted of six grades in one room with one teacher?

    • 1974s Chapter 366 validated all acts & proceedings of the Town of Foxborough at its annual town meetings, and at adjourned sessions thereof

    • The @MassDCR's portion of F. Gilbert Hills State Forest encompases 594.23 acres in Foxborough.

    • Chap. 831 of 1966 authorized the granting of an alcoholic beverages license to Post 2626 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Inc.

    • Did you know The Dexter Treatment Center Building at the former Foxborough State Hospital was named for Dr. Roderick B. Dexter in 1958?

    • Chapter 275 of the Acts of 1974 created three year terms for new Foxborough Planning Board members.

    • know the Orpheum Theatre was built in 1926 as a silent movie house?

    • Captain Josiah Pratt (B. 2-14-1719 D. 2-7-1800)

    • Chap. 16 of the Acts of 1999 provided for a parking and traffic management zone w/in a 3 mile radius of the center of the stadium.

    • Did you know Bruce Fairchild Barton (August 5, 1886 - July 5, 1967) - a former US Rep. from NY - is buried in Rock Hill Cemetery?

    • Do you know where the monument for Mr. Zadock Howe (1742-1819) is located?

    • Except for the election of officers, a quorum of any town meeting consists of 100 registered voters Art. 1 Sect. 3 Foxborough Gen. By-Laws

    • The first service in the Episcopal Church (the stone building at the corner of Market and South Streets) occurred on May 31, 1894.

    • Foxborough had 11,403 registered voters in November 2012.

    • Did you know the Quaker Hill School, at the corner of West Street and South Street, consisted of six grades in one room with one teacher?

    • Di you know Hervey Pettee (1782-1843) built a thread mill at Lakeview in 1813?

    • The DCPO authorized the sale of approximately twenty acres on Walnut Street to the Foxborough Housing Authority for $1.00 in 1987.

    • Did you know The New England Patriots played their first game at Schaefer Stadium on August 15, 1971?

    • Did you know Otis Cary was the first president of the Foxborough Savings Bank?

    • Did you know Foxborough has 11,403 registered voters?

    • In 1902, East Foxborough residents petitioned the state legislature to allow secession & creation of a separate town named Sumner.

    • Members of the Carpenter family built the Great Bonnet Shoppe at 16-18 Wall Street in 1843.

    • The Samaritan Hall building was built in 1847 by the Fifth School District. Do you know where it is located?

    • Chap. 529 of 1914 extended the limits of the Foxborough Village Improvement Association district to include most town inhabitants.

    • Chapter 311 of 1925 authorized the Foxborough Water Supply District to annex the East Foxborough Water Supply District.

    • 1965's Chap. 831, approved on Jan. 3, 1966, authorized Foxborough to grant an all alcoholic beverage license to Post 2626 VFW USA.

    • Timilty received more votes than Jubinville in our 9/12 Dem. primary, but Jubinville won district-wide.

    • 2012s Chapter 200 allows conveyance of ~16.02 acres at the Route 140 & Walnut St. intersection to Foxborough Housing Authority

    • 1862's Chapter 154 was approved on April 26. This authorized incorporation of the Foxborough Branch Railroad Corporation.

    • In 1910, the population of Foxborough was 3,863.

    • In 1855, Ora Hodges Doolittle built a home and barn on a corner lot of Bird and Baker Streets.

    • Did you know Foxborough Pumping Station at 25 Pumping Station Road is on the National Register Of Historic Places?

    • Memorial Hall was built in 1868, is included on the National Register of Historic Places, and overlooks the Centre Burial Ground.

    • Foxborough Centre, Foxvale, Foxborough Furnace, Donkeyville, and East, North, West, & South Foxborough are villages of our borough

    • Chapter 599 of the Acts of 1982 authorizes the Town Of Foxborough to recall elected officials.

    • The NORPAC Task Force serves 15 cities and towns & was formed in 1987 under a grant by the US Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).
    • The Rev. Holmes Slade served as Minister of Foxborough Universalist Church from 1848 to 1853.
    • The cornerstone of the new Meeting-house was laid on May 15, 1822.
    • Ten people were enumerated in Deacon Ebenezer Forrist's house in 1820.
    • The Deacon Ebenezer Forrist house on Granite Street was built ~1793.
    • The Police played to a crowd of 61,000 at Sullivan Stadium in Foxborough on August 10, 1983.
    • The Mansfield and Framingham Railroad was incorporated in 1862 as the Foxborough Branch Railroad.
    • Four people enumerated in Samuel Baker household in 1790.
    • Nehemiah Carpenter, Jeremiah Hartshorn, & Samuel Baker donated land for a common meeting-house lot in 1783.
    • Crackrock Pond was formed in 1734 by impounding the Neponset River.
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    • Virgil Pond operated a box factory on Market Street.
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    • There are more than ten cemeteries in Foxborough - including one for pets.
    • The Hamlet House (12-16 Wall Street) was built in 1845 by the Carpenter family.
    • First concert held at @GilletteStadium was The Rolling Stones' Licks Tour on 9/5/2002.
    • Often referred to as "The Gem Of Norfolk County", Foxborough is located midway between Boston, MA, & Providence, RI.
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    • On July 18, 2015, NERevolution defeated NYC FC 1-0 at #GilletteStadium "in front of largest home crowd of 2015" Attendance: 28,811
    • Samaritan Hall was built in 1847 for use as a school-house.
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    • FXP LLC was registered in Massachusetts on August 1, 2003.
    • Foxborough's Reserve Police Force was authorized by Chapter 85 of the Acts of 1986.
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    • Chapter 366 of 1974 validated the action of Foxborough's Annual Town Meeting held in the year 1974.
    • The Octagon House, located at 22 Market Street, was built in 1855 for Miss Abbie Dean.
    • John S. Dill had a livery stable at corner of Church and Central Streets.
    • Harold B. Clark Town Forest encompasses 275 wooded acres and two ponds in Foxborough.
    • Chap. 424 of 1891 authorized Foxborough Water Supply District to issue certain securities by majority vote.
    • First lacrosse game held at @GilletteStadium was between Harvard and Cornell on April 5, 2008.
    • In 1669, the first known dwelling in what became Foxborough was erected near Wading River.
    • The anticipated build-out for Foxborough Growth District is 1.5M sf office, 150,000 sf retail.
    • Paul Bowser & E.M. Loew opened Bay State Raceway on Route 1 in Foxborough in 1947.
    • Foxborough Pumping Station at 25 Pumping Station Road was built in 1891.
    • Foxborough Savings Bank was organized on April 18, 1855.
    • Chapter 46 establishing Foxborough Board Of Water And Sewer Commissioners was approved 5/14/1986.
    • Chap. 307, which established part of boundary line between Walpole and Foxborough, was approved 5/12/1931.
    • Norfolk & Bristol Electric Railroad's spur line to Lake View ballroom was discontinued in 1919.
    • @ACDC first played @GilletteStadium in Foxborough on July 28, 2009, during their "Black Ice" tour.*
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    • The first concert held at GilletteStadium was The Rolling Stones' Licks World Tour on 9/5/2002.
    • The cornerstone of the new Meeting-house was laid on May 15, 1822.
    • The Deacon Ebenezer Forrist Home on Granite Street was built ~1793.
    • Lizzie A. Nickerson was the teacher at Quaker Hill School in 1887.
    • The elevation of High Rock in F. Gilbert Hills State Forest is 413 feet.?
    • The elevation of High Rock summit (420338N / 0711713W) in F. Gilbert Hills State Forest in Foxborough is 413 feet.
    • 17,128 from @SouthStationBOS and 6,015 from @TFGreenAirport took @MBTA train to Foxborough during the @Patriots 2014-2015 Season.
    • Mary (Rhodes) Clapp (d. 10/17/1827) was buried in Clapp Burial Ground on Beach Street.
    • There are more than five hotels and motels in Foxborough.
    • Captain Josiah Pratt (2/14/1719-2/7/1800) is buried in East Street Cemetery in Foxborough.
    • Foxborough's quota for the Civil War was 263 soldiers.
    • 10,997 attended the 9/16/15 Revolution match at #GilletteStadium.
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    • Rachel Andress Boyden (d. 2/29/1876) is buried in Morse Cemetery.
    • John Brayton, William Richmond, William Wood, Hezekiah Anthony and others formed The Foxborough Cotton Manufacturing Company.
    • The Act incorporating The Foxborough Cotton Manufacturing Company was approved on 2/7/1815.
    • Eli Phelps was a 19th century apothecary? He also served as Foxborough's Post Master.
    • Rev. William S. Anderson served Foxborough Universalist Church 1847-1848.
    • Elijah Bird (1753-1821) is buried in Hodges-Pratt Burial Ground (a.k.a. East Street Cemetery) in Foxborough.
    • Sidney Lawton Smith (s/o Lawton & Lucy Thompson Smith) was born on 6/15/1845 in Foxborough.
    • 16,935 attended the 4/9/2016 #NERevolution vs. TorontoFC game at #GilletteStadium in Foxborough.
    • 51,038 attended Guns N' Roses "Use You Illusion" 9/11/1992 concert at Foxboro Stadium.
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    • Ten people were enumerated in Ebenezer Forrest's residence in 1790 Foxborough.
    • The Powder House in downtown Foxborough was erected in 1804.
    • The population of Town Of Foxborough in 1790 was 654.
    • Foxborough Investment Company was organized on July 12, 1999.
    • Sarah Billings Doolittle was born in Foxborough to Allen Chilson & Orra Hodges Doolittle.
    • 16,102 attended #NERevolution game at #GilletteStadium in Foxborough on March 12, 2016.
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    • John Brayton, William Richmond, William Wood, Hezekiah Anthony and others formed The Foxborough... http://tmblr.co/ZlDr-r230RCxH
    • There are >2,100 interments at St. Mary's Cemetery in Foxborough.
    • Stillman F. Morse of Foxborough served in the 7th Regiment, Company H in the Civil War.
    • Foxborough has given the state >$499,261.00 in CPA Funds but has received no money in return
    • The first recorded public celebration of St. Patrick's Day in Foxborough occured in 1861.
    • Eli Phelps' Apothecary was located at 12 Central Street in Foxborough in 1878.
    • Eli Phelps was a 19th century Apothecary. He also served as Foxborough's Post Master.
    • Foxborough Country Club, Inc. was organized in Mass. on May 17, 1957.
    • 51,038 attended Guns N' Roses "Use You Illusion" 9/11/1992 concert at Foxboro Stadium.
    • Chap. 162 of Acts of 1890 allowed Foxborough Water Supply District to increase amount of bonds.
    • 11,849 attended the #NERevolution match at #GilletteStadium in Foxborough on April 1, 2016.
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    • Sidney Lawton Smith (s/o Lawton & Lucy Thompson Smith) was born on 6/15/1845 in Foxborough.
    • The First Baptist Church was incorporated in 1889.
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    • 10,144 attended the #NERevolution match versus Timbers at #GilletteStadium in Foxborough.
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    • The Lewis School opened in 1960 and was named for William R. Lewis.
    • Foxborough Savings Bank was incorporated on April 18, 1855.
    • Swif Payson Esq. had Pew 24 in the "Y Old Foxborough Meeting House".
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    • Paul Bowser & E.M. Loew opened Bay State Raceway on Route 1 in Foxborough in 1947.
    • The Industrial Instrument Company came to Foxborough in 1908.
    • By 1853, The Union Straw Works was operating the world's largest straw hat factory in Foxborough.
    • 48,304 attended Beyonc's The Formation World Tour concert at #GilletteStadium in Foxborough on 6/3/2016.
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    • 19,392 attended the #CHIvBOL match at #GilletteStadium in Foxborough on June 10, 2016.
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    • 13,074 attended #UMASSFootball game at #GilletteStadium on 9/24/2016.
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    • In July 1670, Squamaug and Metacom met at home owned by William Hudson.
    • Foxborough Universalist Church building was dedicated on October 4, 1843.
    • Rev. Daniel Loring served Foxborough's Congregational Church from 1804 until he resigned in 1806.
    • On December 4, 2016, at #GilletteStadium in Foxborough, #Patriots QB Brady became the quarterback with the most wins (201) in NFL history!
    • On December 10, 1978, with a last minute field goal to defeat the Bills (26-24), #Patriots clinched their first AFC East title.
    • The Grange Hall at 11-15 Bird Street in Foxborough was built in 1897.
    • Rev. Thomas Williams was installed at the congregational church in Foxborough on November 6, 1816.
    • The first Quaker Hill School in Foxborough was built in 1851 and replaced after a fire in 1925.
    • 66,829 attended the #Patriots vs. Ravens game at #GilletteStadium in Foxborough on 12/12/16.
    • An act authorizing three additional alcohol licenses for #downtown_Foxborough area was signed on 11/3/16.
    • 25,280 attended the #NERevolution match at #GilletteStadium on 10/1/16.
    • 24,546 attended the August 1, 2016, in-stadium #Patriots practice at #GilletteStadium.
    • 18,187 attended the #NERevolution match at #GilletteStadium in Foxborough on July 6, 2016.
    • 46,973 attended U2's "PopMart" concert at Foxboro Stadium on July 2, 1997.
    • Wading River, which runs through Foxborough, was stocked with Brown Trout on April 7, 2016.
    • 18,997 attended the #NERevolution match at #GilletteStadium in Foxborough on 5/14/16.
    • 55,378 attended U2's September 22, 1987, concert at Sullivan Stadium in Foxborough.
    • 2,160 of the 11,261 registered voters in Foxborough voted at the polls on May 2, 2016.
    • In 2016, 10,144 attended the #NERevolution match versus Timbers at #GilletteStadium in Foxborough.
    • John Brayton, William Richmond, William Wood, Hezekiah Anthony and others formed The Foxborough Cotton Manufacturing Company.
    • MA Bill H.3938 is a petition to convey 16.02 acres of state-owned land to Foxborough Housing Authority.
    • Foxborough Police Department handled 22,697 calls for service during 2014.
    • The Bowditch Bandstand on Foxborough Common was built in 1972.
    • Building at 115 Mechanic Street was built in 1950.
    • The Mabelle M. Burrell Elementary School building is on a 22.5 acre parcel.
    • In 2014, of 1,644 EMS calls Foxborough Fire Department responded to, 1,349 patients were transported to area hospitals.
    • Sarah Hawkings (d. 1739) was buried in Brown Cemetery / Wading River Burial Ground in South Foxborough.
    • David Bowie headlined in Foxborough three times.
    • The Neponset Reservoir Dam was built in 1845.
    • First Outdoor Women's Classic hockey game was held at #GilletteStadium in Foxborough on December 31, 2015.
    • The old Foxborough Town Hall (destroyed by fire on 6/4/1900) had Fire Box #32.
    • Chap. 15 of Acts of 1833 establishing the dividing lines between Sharon and Foxborough was approved on 1/30/1833.
    • Lake View Park was opened by the Ross family on July 4, 1906.
    • 23,472 attended the #NERevolution match at #GilletteStadium in Foxborough on May 21, 2016.
    • Elijah Bird (1753-1821) is buried in Hodges-Pratt Burial Ground in Foxborough.
    • Carpenter Memorial Chapel was erected in 1894.
    • Hockomock Young Men's Christian Association was originally incorporated in Mass. on August 11, 1961.
    • Taylor School opened in 1966.
    • Seven people were enumerated in Asa Shaw's house in 1800 in Foxborough.
    • Rev. Thomas Williams was installed at the congregational church in Foxborough on November 6, 1816.
    • Rev. Horace Hall Buck was Rector of St. Mark's from September 3, 1893, to September 5, 1900.
    • A petition was made by Norfolk Southern Street Railway Company on February 28, 1899, to grade the crossing of NY, NH, & Hartford Railroad on North Street.
    • A petition by Norfolk Southern Street Railway Company to grade the crossing of NY, NH, & Hartford Railroad on North Street was denied on March 21, 1899.
    • The body of an unidentified man was found near the East Foxborough train station on May 16, 1899.


    Place Names

    From: Commonwealth of Massachusetts & Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Unofficial name
    Donkeyville
    Foxvale
    Lakeview
    Paineburg
    Quaker Hill
    a locality in, or part of a Town(s) or CITY (in caps)
    Foxborough
    Foxborough
    Foxborough
    Foxborough
    Foxborough
    County

    Norfolk
    Norfolk
    Norfolk
    Norfolk
    Norfolk
    Also known as, or other notation
    now Lakeview
    a.k.a. Paineburg
    formerly Donkeyville
    a.k.a. Foxvale





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