Introduction to Attleboro, Massachusetts
Attleboro, Massachusetts, in Bristol county, is 6 miles NE of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center) and 30 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. It's situated in the southeastern portion of the state. In the past, it was known as "The Jewelry Capital of the World" due to its numerous jewelry manufactures. The city is still home to jewelry related businesses.
Attleboro features numerous red brick mill buildings. The Ten Mile River flows through the center of the city. Attleboro includes industry and a large number of residential areas. A vast number of residents commute to Boston and Providence.
It was incorporated as the town of Attleborough in 1694. in 1914 it was reincorporated as the city of Attleboro. The name was given in tribute to a British town. Beginning in 1913 jewelry manufacturing was thriving with L.G. Balfour Company having a major role.
- Attleboro Arts Museum
- Capron Park includes a popular zoo
- Attleboro Area Industrial Museum
- LaSalette Shrine offers a light display during the Christmas season that attracts visitors from all over the area
- L.G. Balfour Riverwalk is located near the business district
- The Women at Work Museum
- Dodgeville Mill
- L.G. Balfour jewelry plant
- Museum at the Mill
- Triboro Youth Theatre/Triboro Musical Theatre
The Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a variety of wildlife. Nearby Boston offers a wide assortment of activities, professional sports and entertainment. The Blue Hills offer picturesque views of the fall foliage. The region's Arnold Arboretum and Jamaica Plain is a large scenic acreage and includes Peters Hill. The New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is located in the county.
Attleboro Higher Education
Attleboro is home to a branch of Bristol Community College.
The MBTA offers commuter rail transportation and connects with downtown Boston.