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Easton MA

Ranked in the top 50 best small towns to live in America (Money Magazine 2011)
 

Incorporated in 1725, the Town of Easton is approximately 29 square-miles and has a estimated population of 23,100.  It is a suburban community located 30 minutes from Boston, 40 minutes from Providence and 45 minutes from Cape Cod. Easton is governed by an Open Town Meeting and the executive branch is made up of an elected five-member Board of Selectmen, serving three-year terms. The Board hires a full-time Town Administrator to supervise the daily operations of the government.


Easton has a long history of supporting its excellent school system. The recent renovation and expansion of the Oliver Ames High School and the Easton Middle School has provided students with modern, state-of-the-art facilities, a showcase 1200-seat auditorium and a new high school athletic stadium. The Town is also home toSoutheasternRegionalVocationalTechnicalHigh School, offering secondary students an alternative academic curriculum combined with vocational and technical studies.StonehillCollege, a private Roman Catholic College founded in 1948, is located on a beautiful wooded 375-acre campus inEaston. The College offers academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional fields. The College is an integral part of the Town, supporting the community with student teachers and with educational and athletic facilities.


Approximately 15% ofEastonis dedicated conservation land and the Town continues a long-standing commitment to preserve open space. Its citizens enjoy the Natural Resource Trust properties of Sheep Pasture & Wheaton Farm, and the extensive network of trails within the 1570 acres ofBorderlandState Park. In 2012 the Trustees of Reservation, with support from the Town, acquired the former estate of Massachusetts Governor Oliver Ames opening up 36 acres for the public to enjoy.


The Town’s history is uniquely connected with the establishment of the Ames Shovel company founded in 1803 by Oliver Ames Sr. The Company became nationally known for providing shovels used in the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad during America’s westward expansion, and for supplying shovels to the Union during the Civil War. The Ames family greatly influenced the character and growth of North Easton with its noted architecture and landscape. Easton has four National Register Historic Districts, one of which includes five buildings designed by renowned architect, Henry H. Richardson.  Frederick Law Olmstead, noted landscape architect for Central Park in New York, was commissioned to landscape three of the Richardson properties and four of the Ames Family estates. The Ames family created a remarkable legacy in Easton, not only by donating several landmark buildings to the town, but through their philanthropic commitments and attentiveness to education which was a trademark of the family. The Easton community is proud of their rich history, and continues to appreciate and preserve its heritage. 

 

 


 

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