Introduction to Franklin, Massachusetts
Franklin, Massachusetts, in Norfolk county, is 12 miles S of Framingham, Massachusetts and 25 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is conveniently located inside the Boston metropolitan area. There are an estimated 29,560 people in Franklin.
In 1660, Franklin was first settled by Europeans. The Franklin Public Library was the first free public library in America. Earlier, the city was known as Exeter. However, during its incorporation in 1778, the city was renamed to Franklin, after Revolutionary hero Benjamin Franklin. The city is the hometown of Horace Mann, America's father of public education. St. Mary's Catholic Church, which is the largest Catholic parish in the Boston Archdiocese, also lies in Franklin.
Franklin and nearby Attractions
- Franklin Public Library
- Chilson Park
- Museum of Fine Arts-Boston
- Blackstone River Gallery
- Noon Hill
Things To Do In Franklin
The Franklin Public Library is the ideal place to begin exploring the city. Moreover, there are 74 historical buildings in the city. In Franklin, you can find a series of restaurants and bars, an old fashioned movie theater, an astro-turf playing and recreation field, spots for swimming and fishing, and a number of playgrounds. You can also relax and play volleyball at the beach.
Boston Logan International is the closest major airport.
Franklin Higher Education
The local college of the city is Dean College.