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Franklin, Massachusetts, USA

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In 1778, Franklin, MA was the first town in the U.S. to be named after Benjamin Franklin. Many more would follow.

Franklin includes: Unionville, Wadsworth, and Alpine Place.



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  • 1660 - Franklin is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1737 - On December 23rd, Governor Jonathan Belcher signed papers giving legal existence to the West Precinct of Wrentham, later to become Franklin.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1778 - (Franklin) On Mar 2nd, the West Precinct of Wrentham officially became an independent town.
    The name for the new town would be Exeter. The treaty of France, a project Ben Franklin had been working on for 3 years, had just been signed....Read MORE...


  • 1786 - A donation of books from Ben Franklin to act as the start of a Franklin town library arrived in Franklin.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1795 - In January a committee in Franklin was chosen to locate new schoolhouses and six districts were laid out,

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/

  • 1845. FRANKLIN. [Pop. 1,717. Inc. 1778.]
    Before its incorporation, Franklin was a part of Wrentham.

    It was named after Dr. Franklin, who acknowledged the honor by a present of...Read MORE...


  • 1848 - Franklin
    FRANKLIN was set off from Wrentham, in 1737. as a distinct parish, and incorporated as a town by the name of Franklin* in 1778. A church was...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Franklin
    Franklin, a post-township of Norfolk co., Mass., on the Norfolk CO., railroad 27 miles S. W. from Boston. Pop. 1818.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.

  • 1859
    FRANKLIN, a township of Norfolk co., in the state of Massachusetts, 31 m. SSW of Boston, watered by Charles river and its branches. Pop. 1,717.
    A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859

  • News 1880 - Beet Sugar Company
    A beet sugar company has been formed at Franklin, Mass., and the machinery is already ordered. The works will be nearly as extensive as those of the...Read MORE...


  • Franklin Massachusetts, 1890
    Franklin is a progressive and pleasant town lying in the southwest part of Norfolk County, 27 miles southwest of Boston by the New York and New...Read MORE...


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  • 1895 - Franklin
    Franklin, a post-village in Franklin township, Norfolk to., Mass., on the New York & New England Railroad, 27 miles S.W. of Boston, and about 20...Read MORE...


  • News 1900 - CHURCH BURNED.
    Franklin, Mass., June 27 - St. Mary's Catholic Church, one of the largest structures in town, was totally burned early last evening the vestments and ...Read MORE...


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    Universalist Church, School St., Franklin, Mass.
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    Crescent House, Franklin, Mass.
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    Corner Central and Emmons Street
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    Congregational Church
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    Dean Academy
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    New Block Main Street
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    Thayer School and Baptist Church, Franklin, Mass.
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    Old Brick School House
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    Residence of H. T. Hayward
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    High School
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    Library
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    Y.M.C.A.
  • Franklin, Massachusetts, USA
    The Common, 1911
  • 1916
    Franklin, a banking post-village in Franklin township (town), Norfolk co., Mass., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 27 miles SW. of Boston. ...Read MORE...


  • News 1954 - FIVE TRAPPED CHILDREN DIE DURING FIRE. PERISH IN FARM HOUSE BEDROOM; FATHER SAVES MOTHER AND YOUNGEST INFANT.
    Franklin, Mass., (AP) - Five helpless children, trapped in their bedroom by flames, died a few minutes before midnight in a roaring farmhouse...Read MORE...




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Thayer School and Baptist Church, Franklin, Mass.

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  • 1660 - Franklin is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1737 - On December 23rd, Governor Jonathan Belcher signed papers giving legal existence to the West Precinct of Wrentham, later to become Franklin.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1778 - (Franklin) On Mar 2nd, the West Precinct of Wrentham officially became an independent town.
    The name for the new town would be Exeter. The treaty of France, a project Ben Franklin had been working on for 3 years, had just been signed.... Read MORE...

  • 1786 - A donation of books from Ben Franklin to act as the start of a Franklin town library arrived in Franklin.

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1795 - In January a committee in Franklin was chosen to locate new schoolhouses and six districts were laid out,

    http://www.virtualnorfolk.org/
  • 1845. FRANKLIN. [Pop. 1,717. Inc. 1778.]
    Before its incorporation, Franklin was a part of Wrentham.

    It was named after Dr. Franklin, who acknowledged the honor by a present of... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Franklin
    FRANKLIN was set off from Wrentham, in 1737. as a distinct parish, and incorporated as a town by the name of Franklin* in 1778. A church was... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Franklin
    Franklin, a post-township of Norfolk co., Mass., on the Norfolk CO., railroad 27 miles S. W. from Boston. Pop. 1818.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • 1859
    FRANKLIN, a township of Norfolk co., in the state of Massachusetts, 31 m. SSW of Boston, watered by Charles river and its branches. Pop. 1,717.
    A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
  • News  1880 - Beet Sugar Company
    A beet sugar company has been formed at Franklin, Mass., and the machinery is already ordered. The works will be nearly as extensive as those of the... Read MORE...

  • Franklin Massachusetts, 1890
    Franklin is a progressive and pleasant town lying in the southwest part of Norfolk County, 27 miles southwest of Boston by the New York and New... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Franklin
    Franklin, a post-village in Franklin township, Norfolk to., Mass., on the New York & New England Railroad, 27 miles S.W. of Boston, and about 20... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - CHURCH BURNED.
    Franklin, Mass., June 27 - St. Mary's Catholic Church, one of the largest structures in town, was totally burned early last evening the vestments and ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Franklin, a banking post-village in Franklin township (town), Norfolk co., Mass., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 27 miles SW. of Boston. ... Read MORE...

  • News  1954 - FIVE TRAPPED CHILDREN DIE DURING FIRE. PERISH IN FARM HOUSE BEDROOM; FATHER SAVES MOTHER AND YOUNGEST INFANT.
    Franklin, Mass., (AP) - Five helpless children, trapped in their bedroom by flames, died a few minutes before midnight in a roaring farmhouse... Read MORE...

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