South Attleborough, Massachusetts
Founded 1694, parent town Rehoboth. || This town lies at the N.W. corner of the county of Bristol; 12 miles N. from Providence, R.I., 8 N.W. from Taunton, and 28 S. from Boston. A branch of the Pawtucket rises here, and several other rivers pass through the town. It possesses a fine water power. It was first settled, 1644, and incorporated in 1694. Population, 1837, 2,396. The value of the manufactures at this place, for the year ending April 1, 1837, amounted to about $500,000. That of cotton goods alone to $229,571. The other manufactures consisted of boots, shoes, leather, metal buttons, combs, jewelry, clocks, planing machines, carpenter's tools, straw bonnets, chairs and cabinet ware. This town suffered much during the reign of the celebrated Indian King Philip. In 1675, Attleborough was a frontier settlement. — John Hayward, The New England Gazetteer, 1839.