Foxboro in Norfolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
First Settler / Roads and Boundaries
The first dwelling in what would become Foxborough was erected in 1669. It was located west of nearby Wading River on a farm laid out for Captain William Hudson who was a Boston tavern keeper. Hudson never lived here, but leased the property, first to Richard George and then to John Daniell. Hudson sold his farm in 1676 to Thomas Platt who in turn leased it to Thomas Brintnall of Chelsea. In 1689, a grandson of Thomas, Samuel Brintnall Jr., became the first white child born in the future Foxborough. The old Hudson Farm was leased to Jacob Shepard of Mystic (Medford) who bought the tract outright in 1704. Former tenant Thomas Brintnall purchased land nearby in 1691 to erect a home in what he believed to be the Taunton North Purchase (a portion of which is now Mansfield). A later survey revealed he was still on this side of the line, the first settler to actually build and occupy his own home in what would become Foxborough. Following his death, his son moved the home across the line where Thomas, our unintentional first settler, thought the had built in the first place. This settlement was in the area that was set off to Wrentham in 1753 and became part of the new town of Foxborough when it was incorporated in 1778.
The road to Bristol closely
Erected 2006 by Foxborough Historical Commission.
Location. 42° 1.469′ N, 71° 16.407′ W. Marker is in Foxboro, Massachusetts, in Norfolk County. Marker is at the intersection of South St. and Cedar St., in the median Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Foxboro MA 02035, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wading River Farm (here, next to this marker); The Dorchester School Farm (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Lodge at Foxborough (approx. 2.4 miles away); Paineburgh-Foxvale (approx. 2½ miles away); The Town Lot (approx. 2.7 miles away); Mansfield Orthodox Congregational Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Reservoir on Powder House Hill / The Town House (approx. 2.9 miles away); Memorial Hall (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Foxboro.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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