Place:Attleboro, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States

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NameAttleboro
Alt namesAttleboroughsource: Family History Library Catalog
East Attleboroughsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25004900
TypeCity
Coordinates41.928°N 71.314°W
Located inBristol, Massachusetts, United States
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Attleboro is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. It was once known as "The Jewelry Capital of the World" for its many jewelry manufacturers. According to the 2010 census, Attleboro had a population of 43,593 in 2010.

Attleboro is located about west of Taunton, the same distance to Providence, northwest of Fall River, and south of Boston.

History

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In 1634, English settlers first arrived in the territory that is now Attleboro. The settlers were soon confounded by the poor soil, lack of water-born transportation and all around poor living conditions. They declared the conditions unfit for human existence and resolved to never return. It was later incorporated from Rehoboth in 1694 as the town of Attleborough. It included the towns of Cumberland, Rhode Island, until 1747 and North Attleborough, Massachusetts, until 1887. The town was reincorporated in 1914 as the City of Attleboro, with the "-ugh" removed from the name, although North Attleborough kept it. Like many towns in Massachusetts, it was named for a British town.

During the Native American insurgency in the colonial era, Nathaniel Woodcock, the son of an Attleborough resident, was murdered, and his head was placed on a pole in his father's front yard. His father's house is now a historical site. It is rumored that George Washington once passed through Attleborough and stayed near the Woodcock Garrison House at the Hatch Tavern, where he exchanged a shoe buckle with Israel Hatch, a revolutionary soldier and the new owner of the Garrison House.

The city became known for jewelry manufacturing in 1913, particularly because of the L.G. Balfour Company. That company has since moved out of the city, and the site of the former plant has been converted into a riverfront park. Attleboro was once known as "The Jewelry Capital of the World", and jewelry manufacturing firms continue to operate there. One such is the Guyot Brothers Company, which was started in 1904. General Findings, M.S. Company, James A. Murphy Co., Garlan Chain, Leach & Garner, and Masters of Design are jewelry manufacturing companies still in operation.

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