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Freetown & Lakeville, MA

At 38 square miles, Freetown is currently divided into two villages, Assonet and East Freetown, which historically developed almost entirely independent from one another. Freetown lies on an old 18th century road that is along old Indian trails that stretch from Freetown to Boston. Freetown, first settled by the English in the spring of 1659 on the banks of the Assonet River, has an interesting history. She was purchased for twenty 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 Freeman's Purchase. The population of Freetown grew and was officially incorporated in 1683. Throughout the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries, Freetown served as a very industrious area. Blast furnaces, fishing, textiles, and manufacturing all came to and left Freetown, eventually 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.

Many of Freetown's sites of interest are derived from her strong history. The Freetown Historical Society Museum in Assonet has a collection of valuable items and artifacts that have been discovered over the years as well as information relating to the history of the town. It also houses an extensive genealogical library. Several buildings on the property show visitors how life in Freetown once was, even a mere sixty years ago with a one-room school house, small chapel and blacksmith shop.

Freetown boasts great outdoor recreation and is home to the Freetown-Fall River State Forest and Profile Rock. The State Forest is over 8.5 square miles or over 5440 acres. It is owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation with headquarters in Assonet. The forest lies in the center of the town of Freetown dividing Assonet, East Freetown and their neighbor to the north, Fall River. There are wide trails for hiking or mountain bike riding. Rattlesnake Brook meanders through much of the property and is filled with urban legends. Profile Rock is in the State Forest. It is a granite outcropping from Joshua's Mountain featuring the profile image of what local Wampanoag Indians have held to be the face of Massasoit. Hathaway Park in Assonet is a public park with a boat ramp on the Assonet River. It is the site of the town's annual faire, the viewing area for her Fourth of July fireworks and one of two sites for the annual Strawberry Festival.

The other site for that event is the historic bandstand at the Assonet Four Corners, built in the 1930s on the site of the former Green Dragon Tavern. There are two public beaches in Freetown, one in Assonet and one in Eat Freetown. Porter Pastures in Assonet is along the Assonet Bay and Town Beach in East Freetown is on Long Pond.

Lakeville is Freetown's neighbor to the north and was incorporated in 1853. The town's name comes from the system of lakes in town, including the Assawompset Pond, Great Quittacas Pond, Little Quittacas Pond, Pocksha Pond and Long Pond. Despite so many ponds in town, water makes up only 6 square miles of the Lakeville's 36 square mile space. Lakeville is a sleepy town with a population of just over 10,000 people. She is most notably known for her enthusiasm surrounding Halloween. Folklore stories and weird paranormal happenings are the main talking topics in town the entire month of October. The Lakeville Haunted House is a must go-to destination for the fall. They boast themselves as the '#1 hunted attraction on the Southcoast providing 22 years of blood and tears to all visitors.' Proceeds go to local non-profits and scholarships.

Freetown and Lakeville are old fashioned communities that provide residents and visitors with a great nature retreats. Enjoy time at the State Forest, hiking or biking or at one of the many ponds, swimming, fishing or boating.

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Freetown-Fall River State Forest

The forest is comprised of 5440+ acres of outdoor recreation operated by the Dept. of Conservation & Recreation. Go
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Somethin's Brewin' Book Cafe

An eclectic coffee shop with an espresso bar, Somethin's Brewin is located in the historic Town Library which was built in 1914. Serving breakfast and lunch. Go

SouthCoast Freetown & Lakeville, MA Listings

Advance Air & Heat177 Bullock RoadE. Freetown, MA508.763.3738
Amaral's Automotive Center24 County RdE. Freetown, MA774.849.4860
Apollo Pools & Spas8 Harding StLakeville, MA508.923.7381
Assonet Inn16 Water StAssonet, MA508.644.2777
AZ Trucking Co.191 Chace RoadE. Freetown, MA508.763.3217
Back Nine Club17 Heritage Hill DriveLakeville, MA508.947.9993
Beaupre Electric, Inc.P.O. Box 668Assonet, MA508.644.2950
Cabral Massage22 Parker StreetE. Freetown, MA508.415.3122
Candy Jar & Gift Shoppe1 Chace Rd (Crossroad Common)East Freetown, MA508.763.3003
Clothes Line1 Chace Rd (Crossroad Common)East Freetown, MA508.763.1933
Fall Brook Shop176 County RdEast Freetown, MA508.763.9530
Flagship Roofing & Sheet Metal159 County RdE. Freetown, MA508.763.8883
Freetown - Fall River State ForestSlab Ridge RoadAssonet, MA508.644.5522
Freetown Historical Society1 Slab Bridge RdAssonet, MA508.644.5310
Gil-Den, Inc.82R Middleboro RdE. Freetown, MA508.763.9600
Green Acres Landscape & Construction21 Malbone StreetLakeville, MA508.823.6699
Heritage Hill Country Club17 Heritage Hill Dr Lakeville, MA508.947.7743
HTP, Inc.120 Braley RoadE. Freetown, MA774.271.3165
INO Electrical Service39 Water StAssonet, MA508.472.5474
Institute for Develop. Disab., Inc38 Narrows Road POBOX 372Assonet, MA508.644.3101
K.R. Rezendes, Inc. General Contractors3 Sammy's LaneAssonet, MA508.644.5795
Lakeville Country Club44 Clear Pond Rd Lakeville, MA508.947.6630
LeBaron Hills Country Club183 Rhode Island RdLakeville, MA508.923.5700
Marc's Sheet MetalPO Box 153Assonet, MA508.675.3180
Nephew's Restaurant 2 Crossroad DrEast Freetown, MA508.763.4405
New England Surfaces229 South Main StAssonet, MA508.863.7263
Pillarella School of Electrical Code & Theory30 Mill Street Bldg.11, 2nd FlAssonet, MA508.644.2000
Piping Systems, IncPO Box 409- 32 Mill StreetAssonet, MA508.644.2221
Piping Systems, Inc.PO Box 409Assonet, MA508.644.2221
Poquoy Brook Golf Club20 Leonard StLakeville, MA508.947.5261
Preferred Concrete Corp.PO Box 539Freetown, MA508.763.5500
Prime Engineering, Inc.P. O. Box 1088Lakeville, MA508.947.0050
Professional Fire & Security93 South Main StAssonet, MA508.644.3110
RGS Energy19 Pilgrim RdLakeville, MA508.441.0921
Sav-On Oil CoP.O. Box 297Assonet, MA508.763.8348
Sharing a Blessing, IncPO Box 406Assonet, MA774.264.8301
Somethin's Brewin241 Main StLakeville, MA508.946.5055
Speedy Rooter288 Bullock RdE. Freetown, MA508.994.8667
SteCom Associates LLCP.O. Box 56Assonet, MA509.989.3872
Steppin' Up Dog Training186 County RdE. Freetown, MA508.763.4843
Stop & Shop Freetown Transportation & Distribution Ctr136 South Main StreetAssonet, MA508.977.5006
Stop & Shop Warehouse136 South Main StreetAssonet, MA508.977.5006
Team & Corporate Sales, LLC3 Lemore AvenueLakeville, MA508.208.0566
TNT Cleaning ServicesPO Box 62Assonet, MA508.644.5010
Trahan's Trees & Shrubs1 Pine CircleFreetown, MA508.763.1902
Varacity Payment Solutions5 Quaker Brook DriveAssonet, MA508.717.7061
Veracity Payment Systems5 Quakerbrook DriveAssonet, MA508.717.7061
Viridian Energy9 Alexandra DriveAssonet, MA508.837.4420

Freetown & Lakeville, MA