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Franklin, Massachusetts
Location in Norfolk County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°05′00″N 71°23′50″W / 42.083333, -71.39722
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Settled 1660
Incorporated 1778
Government
 - Type Mayor-council city
 - Town
   Administrator
Jeff Nutting
Area
 - Total 27.0 sq mi (70.0 km²)
 - Land 26.7 sq mi (69.3 km²)
 - Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km²)
Elevation 300 ft (91 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 29,560
 - Density 1,105.4/sq mi (426.8/km²)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 02038
Area code(s) 508 / 774
FIPS code 25-25100
GNIS feature ID 0611686
Website: www.franklin.ma.us

The Town of Franklin is a city[1] in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 29,560 at the 2000 census. In 2007, "Family Circle" Magazine named Franklin one of the top ten towns in the country in which to raise a family. Image File history File links Franklin_ma_highlight. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Massachusetts counties This is a list of Massachusetts counties, consisting of the 14 Massachusetts counties currently in existence. ... Norfolk County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... Mayor-Council government is one of two variations of government most commonly used in modern representative municipal governments in the United States. ... A city manager is an official appointed as the administrative manager of a city, in a council-manager form of city government. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... A telephone numbering plan is a plan for allocating telephone number ranges to countries, regions, areas and exchanges and to non-fixed telephone networks such as mobile phone networks. ... Area code 508 was split from area code 617 on July 16, 1988. ... Area code 774 is an overlay of parts of area code 508. ... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... Norfolk County is a county located in the state of Massachusetts. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...

Contents

History

Franklin was first settled by Europeans in 1660 and was officially incorporated in 1778. // Events January 1 - Colonel George Monck with his regiment crosses from Scotland to England at the village of Coldstream and begins advance towards London in support of English Restoration. ... Year 1778 (MDCCLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ...


The Franklin Public Library is the nation's first free public lending library. In 1778, when the town was incorporated, the designated name Exeter was changed to Franklin in honor of Dr. Benjamin Franklin. When asked to donate a bell, Franklin responded with an offer of books for the town's residents, acknowledging that 'sense' was preferable to 'sound.' The original Franklin collection is still housed in a bookcase in the library. The Town is also home to the birth place of America's father of public education, Horace Mann. Franklin is also home to what may be the nation's oldest continuously operational one-room school house (Croydon, NH's school dates to 1780, but there is debate as to whether it is truly "one room"). The Red Brick School was built in 1792 and is operational to this day. St. Mary's Catholic church, located in central Franklin, is the largest Catholic parish in the Boston Archdiocese with some 15,000 members. Julio Pérez Ferrero Library - Cúcuta, Colombia A modern-style library in Chambéry A library is a collection of information, sources, resources, and services: it is organized for use and maintained by a public body, an institution, or a private individual. ... Year 1778 (MDCCLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... This article is about the American political figure. ... Horace Mann (May 4, 1796 – August 2, 1859) was an American education reformer and abolitionist. ...


Geography

Franklin is located at 42°5′21″N, 71°24′25″W (42.089104, -71.406909).[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau the town has a total area of 27.0 square miles (70.0 km²), of which 26.7 square miles (69.3 km²) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²) (1.00%) is water. A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ...


Most of Franklin lies within the Charles River watershed. Principal streams include Mine Brook, Shepard's Brook, Miller Brook, Uncas Brook, Dix Brook and Miscoe Brook. Much of the marshland along Mine Brook has been permanently protected by the Natural Valley Storage Project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The extreme southwest corner of Franklin is part of the Blackstone River watershed. The town also has it's own reservoir, the Franklin Reservoir. Beaver Pond also is in the town and is located near the end of town.an astro-turf playing and recreation field, and playground. In the summer, it is a popular spot for swimming and fishing. The beach is also used for volleyball games. The Charles River from the Boston side, facing Cambridge and the main campus of Harvard University. ... The Blackstone River begins in central Massachusetts and travels through Rhode Island until emptying into Narragansett Bay which connects to the Atlantic Ocean. ...


Significant public forests and parks include the Franklin State Forest, off Grove Street, the Franklin Town Forest, off Summer Street and the Open Space Area donated by Ernest DelCarte off of Pleasant Street.


Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 29,560 people, 10,152 households, and 7,877 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,105.4 people per square mile (426.8/km²). There were 10,327 housing units at an average density of 386.2/sq mi (149.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.95% White, 1.08% African American, 0.15% Native American, 1.66% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.08% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 10,152 households out of which 44.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.4% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.4% were non-families. 18.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.29. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 35.1% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $81,174, and the median income for a family was $81,826. Males had a median income of $58,888 versus $36,557 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,849. About 2.2% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over. Per capita income means how much each individual receives, in monetary terms, of the yearly income generated in their country. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Dean College of Franklin, Massachusetts is also located in the town. The town is represented in the Massachusetts General Court by Representative Jim Vallee and Senators Scott Brown and Karen Spilka. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Massachusetts General Court is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ...


There are 6 elementary schools, 1 charter school, 3 middle schools, and 2 public high schools in Franklin: Franklin High School and Tri-County Regional Vocational-Technical High School.


Theme Song

The Town of Franklin has its very own theme song composed by town resident and music teacher James H. Barrett [1][2] [3]. Entitled "The City Known as the Town of Franklin", the song reflects the many unique characteristics of Franklin. The lyrics discuss the nation's first lending library, the oldest running one-room schoolhouse, and the birthplace of the "Father of Public Education", Horace Mann. The song's lyrics and an audio clip can be found [4]here. Horace Mann (May 4, 1796 – August 2, 1859) was an American education reformer and abolitionist. ...


Education

Franklin consists of six public elementary schools, three public middle schools, including three schools for kindergarten through eighth grade students (elementary and middle schools), one public high school, and one regional high school not affiliated with Franklin Public Schools or the Town of Franklin.


The elementary schools are John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, Oak Street Elementary School, Gerald M. Parmenter Elementary School,Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School (B.F.C.C.P.S.), Helen Keller Elementary School, and Davis Thayer Elementary School.


The middle schools are Annie Sullivan Middle School, Remington Middle School, and Horace Mann Middle School. All of the Franklin middle schools share a building with at least one other school. Annie Sullivan shares with Helen Keller Elementary, Remington with Jefferson Elementary, and Horace Mann shares with Oak Street Elementary school and the Early Development Child Center (ECDC).


Franklin High School is home of the Panthers, Franklin's mascot. Franklin is also home to the Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School. The quality of Franklin Public Schools is part of the reason that "Family Circle Magazine" named Franklin as one of the top ten towns in the United States to raise a family. The Franklin High School is expected to be remodeled because of outdated technology and overcrowding. Franklin High School is a public high school located in Franklin, Massachusetts. ... Tri-County is a technical high school located in Franklin, MA. // As a regional high school, Tri-County accepts students from a number of towns. ...


Franklin is also home to Dean College. Dean, founded in 1865, is a private residential college with about 1,100 students. The college grants associate degrees in a number of subjects (98% of the students are accepted for transfer to four year schools); but also offers two bachelor's programs in Dance and Arts and Entertainment Management; as well as bachelor's degrees in conjunction with Boston-based Suffolk University. Dean also offers an extensive continuing education program.


Franklin also features the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School (B.F.C.C.P.S) which is not controlled by Franklin Public Schools or the Town of Franklin. It houses kindergarten-8th grade.


Sports

Franklin boasts many sports teams. For public recreation, Franklin offers baseball, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, ice hockey, track and field, football, flag football, basketball, metro basketball, Babe Ruth baseball, and wrestling. There are many trails for recreational hiking and some trails in the Franklin State Forest are approved for non-motorized mountain biking.


Points of interest

The Franklin Public Library is an excellent place to begin exploring Franklin. It may be the first public library in America. It is a lovely 1904 building with granite and marble staircases, frescoed walls in the reading room and houses the original books donated by Benjamin Franklin. Across the street from the library is Dean College, with Gothic architecture and a historic old gymnasium.


According to a survey of the center of Franklin done for the Historical Commission of the town, the Franklin Town Common Historic District includes 74 historical contributing buildings. The oldest house dates to 1780 and was moved to Union Street in 1840. The next oldest house was built in 1830. There are 32 buildings that were built before 1900. The former Town Hall on West Central Street was built in 1842.


The Franklin Town Common features a gazebo, and several dedications located around the common.The brick bandstand on the Town Common was dedicated in 1917 and contributed by the Hayward family. Concerts and a Fourth of July celebration are held on the Common each summer.


Downtown there are a series of restaurants and bars. The street lines on Union Street used to be painted red, white, and green to reflect the extensive Italian heritage in the town. The Zeotrope was an old fashioned movie theater that was a trademark of Franklin lore until it was torn down.


The Franklin School for the Performing Arts is an anchor in downtown, catering to over 1,000 students in dance, music and theater. Their Electric Youth troupe tours Europe every other year and Ayla Brown, of American Idol fame, was briefly a student. At Beaver Pond, there is an astro-turf playing and recreation field, and playground. In the summer, it is a popular spot for swimming and fishing. The beach is also used for volleyball games. Ayla Marie Brown (born July 28, 1988) is an American NCAA basketball player and recording artist from Wrentham, Massachusetts. ...


The town also contains remnants of its Industrial Revolution background. Until recently, abandoned mills existed along the railroad tracks. One old mill building was turned into residential condos and a nearby building consists of a variety of multiple-use commercial businesses, including the Franklin Mill Store.


Transportation

Commuter rail service from Boston's South Station is provided by the MBTA with the Forge Park/495 and Franklin stops on its Franklin Line. A Connex commuter train stands by the platform in Melbourne, Australia Regional rail systems, or commuter rail systems, usually provide a rail service through a central business district area into suburbs or other locations that draw large numbers of people on a daily basis. ... Category: ... South Station front entrance. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a quasi-governmental organization formed in 1964 that controls the subway, bus, commuter rail, and ferry systems in the Boston, Massachusetts area. ... The MBTA Commuter Rail or purple line as it is also know as, has many snaking tendrils. ...


Notable residents

  • Peter Laviolette, 20th and 21st century American hockey player and coach, grew up in Franklin
  • Horace Mann, 18th and 19th century American educator, was born in Franklin
  • Josh Miller, 20th and 21st century American football player, resides in Franklin
  • Ellis Hobbs, 20th and 21st century American football player, resides in Franklin
  • Vince Wilfork, 20th and 21st century American football player, resides in Franklin
  • Ed Ronan, 20th century American hockey player, resides in Franklin
  • Ilario Zannino, 20th century American mobster, resided in Franklin
  • Kevin Lemanowicz, Fox 25 Meteorologist currently resides in Franklin
  • Bob Ward, Fox 25 Personality/ Newsanchor resides in Franklin
  • Bobby Santos III, 20th and 21st century American racecar driver, was born in Franklin
  • Andrea Ross, 21st century American actress/singer, resides in Franklin
  • Tom Brady, the quarterback for the New England Patriots resided in Franklin

Peter Laviolette Jr. ... Horace Mann (May 4, 1796 – August 2, 1859) was an American education reformer and abolitionist. ... Josh Miller (born July 14, 1970 in Queens, New York) is an American football punter for the Tennessee Titans. ... Ellis Hobbs III (born May 16, 1983 in Niagara Falls, New York) is an American football cornerback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Vincent Lamar Wilfork (born November 4, 1981 in Boynton Beach, Florida) is an American football defensive tackle who currently plays for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Ed Ronan was a professional hockey player in the 1996-97 season for the Buffalo Sabres. ... Ilaro Larry Biona Zannino (June 15, 1920-February 27, 1996) was the muscle and head gambling honcho for Raymond J. Patriarca. ... Bobby Santos, III. (born October 3, 1985) is an American racecar driver from Franklin, Massachusetts. ... Andrea Christine Ross (born April 8, 1991) is an American singer and actress. ... Thomas Edward Brady, Jr. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present...

References

  1. ^ Although it is called the "Town of Franklin," it is a statutory city of Massachusetts. See Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
  2. ^ US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990. United States Census Bureau (2005-05-03). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.

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External links

  • Franklin, Massachusetts is at coordinates 42°05′21″N 71°24′25″W / 42.089104, -71.406909 (Franklin, Massachusetts)Coordinates: 42°05′21″N 71°24′25″W / 42.089104, -71.406909 (Franklin, Massachusetts)

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Franklin Massachusetts, 1890 (760 words)
Franklin is a progressive and pleasant town lying in the southwest part of Norfolk County, 27 miles southwest of Boston by the New York and New England Railroad, whose main line passes through the midst of the town, while its Woonsocket Division has a station at the northwest corner.
The villages are Franklin, South Franklin and Unionville, which are the post-offices; another is North Franklin, closely joined to Medway Village; while Wadsworth's is the railway station near South Franklin, and City Mills the station on the town's eastern line.
Franklin has a memorial of King Philip's War, of which the tradition says that, in 1676, a party of about 42 Indians were surprised by Captain Ware and a company of 13 men from Wrentham.
Benjamin Franklin (697 words)
Franklin's business ventures included the purchase of the Pennsylvania Gazette, which, after his improvement, was considered one of the best colonial newspapers.
During the next several years, Franklin was instrumental in establishing the first fire department, a police force, and the Academy of Philadelphia, which became the University of Pennsylvania.
Franklin became a hero to the French, and his company was sought by diplomats and nobility.
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