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Get To Know The Town Of NortonThe area known today as the Town of Norton in Bristol County was originally part of the Taunton North Purchase. As more families settled in this area, the people wanted to either form their own town or a separate precinct. The main reasons for this were the distances they had to travel and the poor roads that made it most inconvenient to attend church services in Taunton. The settlers petitioned for a minister, a church, and the right to become a precinct. Thus in 1709, this area became known as the North Precinct of Taunton.
Norton's composition is unique, as it was developed as villages. The villages originally were Chartley, Norton Center, Barrowsville, Norton Furnace, Crane's, E. Norton and Winnecunnet. Each village formed with its own characteristics and heritage. Some villages had their own post offices, railroad stations, fire stations and schools. Some of the villages were composed of immigrant groups depending on the industries that evolved in the area.
The town is bisected southeast to northwest by Interstate 495 as well as MA Route 140 from north to south and MA Route 123 from southwest to northeast. Interstate 495's Exit 10 links the highway with Route 123. Exit 9 and Exit 11 are just over the town lines. Route 140 and Route 123 intersect at the center of town, by the town green. Although it is not officially signed as such, many fans attending concerts and events at the Comcast Center, formerly the Tweeter Center, and originally The Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts, just over the line in Mansfield along Route 140, reach the venue by driving along Route 123 to Route 140. The town is also a part of the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (or GATRA) bus line. The nearest MBTA station is located in Mansfield.