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Easton is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts. Easton was first settled in 1694 and was officially incorporated in 1725.
In 1694, the first settler, Clement Briggs established his home near the Easton Green. In 1711, the Taunton North Purchase area became Norton, and in 1713, the sixty-nine families settled in Easton and hired Elder William Pratt as their first minister. Prior to the settlers' establishment, the area was occupied by Native Americans as a hunting area and a burial ground. During King Philip's War, Metacom, also known as King Philip, used part of Easton as a headquarters for his troops. There was no legal parish in Easton until 1722, when the East Precinct of Norton was recognized. In 1725, the area was incorporated as the Town of Easton; it was so named because it was formerly called the "East End" of the Taunton North Purchase and was shortened by pronunciation to Easton. During the Revolutionary War, General George Washington stayed at the Benjamin Williams Tavern on Bay Road, which is now the second oldest existing house in Easton, while on his way to negotiate for cannonballs at the old Perry Foundry in Taunton. In 1803, the Ames Shovel Company was established and became nationally known as having provided the shovels which laid the Union Pacific Railroad and opened the west. In 1875, the shovel production of the Ames plant was worth 1.5 million. The most notable of the Ames family were Oakes Ames, a key figure in the Crédit Mobilier of America scandal, and Oliver Ames(R), governor of Massachusetts from 1887–1890. The Ames family shaped the town's economy, and was responsible for the presence of a number of landmark buildings in the town designed by H. H. Richardson, originator of the Richardsonian Romanesque style and designer of Trinity Church in Boston.

Stoneforge Grill

Just seconds away on the Brockton/Easton line. The Stoneforge Grill in Easton, Massachusetts opened in February of 2006 and brings a new experience to the south of Boston dining scene, combining excellent cuisine with a vibrant atmosphere.

The Grill offers tantalizing classic New England dishes prepared with a sophisticated global influence. Your meal can be paired with a choice of one of the finest and largest selections of wine, beer (42 draft beers with some of limited quantities from breweries across the United States), and cocktails south of Boston. The Grill exudes old world rustic elegance, welcoming our guests to a memorable dining experience. The dining room boasts large inviting booths perfect for executive luncheons or dinner meetings as well as family and friends get-togethers. Our private “Stonehill” room accommodates up to thirty guests and is perfect for corporate events, family parties, bridal or baby showers, or wedding rehearsal dinners. 

The Grill also features a six seat chef’s table that overlooks the open cook line that makes you feel as if you are part of the culinary action! For a breath of fresh air, guests can elect to dine “al fresco” (seasonal and weather permitting) in our outside patio featuring an over-sized fireplace.

So whether you are looking to relax with cocktails or enjoy the exquisite dining, the Stoneforge Grill  in Easton Massachusetts is the place for you.

Children's Museum In Easton

The Children's Museum in Easton is a children's museum in Easton, Massachusetts dedicated to educational, cultural, and social learning for children and families with a primary focus on children ages 1-8. It is located at 9 Sullivan Avenue in North Easton inside of a historic firehouse. The museum is three floors of different activities designed for interactive learning. It is also located close to Stonehill College. The Children's Museum was started in 1986 by four Easton women, all mothers of young children in search of hands-on educational experiences for their children. The location at that time was a historic firehouse built in 1904. By 1986, it had not been a functioning fire station in decades, and the town of Easton had decided to sell it. The mothers proposed the museum to the town, and the vote went to selectmen. The vote passed, with the museum promising to donate $100,000 of its admission profits back to the town. The mothers had no corporate sponsors, so it took five years of fundraising activities through the community until the museum received enough support to open in 1991. PBS Kids: The museum has collaborated with WGBH Boston first having a ZOOM show tie-in and later using FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman. These collaborations are usually interactive science labs for children where they perform an experiment and learn the science behind it.

Fresh Catch Restaurant and Sushi Bar

This seafood restaurant eatery offers a wide array of tasty products. There's the oven-ready seafood items like stuffed lobster, flounder and clams, along with fresh steamers, mussels, oysters, swordfish and little-necks. But there's more than just seafood. Customers can grab a couple sirloins or ribeye steaks to go along with ready-made corn bread or pecan pie. Fresh Catch also has local produce such as zucchini and squash.

Ames Free Library

The Ames Free Library is a public library designed by noted American architect H. H. Richardson. It is located at 53 Main Street, Easton, Massachusetts, next to another Oakes Ames Memorial Hall. The library was built from 1877 to 1879, although it did not open until March 10, 1883. It is generally rectangular, with broad gable projecting from its north end and a rectangular tower rising where the gable meets the main mass. The gable's front facade contains a heavily arched entry on the first floor and a row of five arched windows separated by pairs of short columns above. The facade is light-brown Milford granite laid in random ashlar with reddish-brown Longmeadow brownstone trim. Its roof is red-orange tile. A children's wing was added in 1931, eliminating the original lavatory and document room. The reading room's fireplace is primarily by Stanford White, and the stone and bronze medallions of Oliver Ames were designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
Queset Garden is a beautiful Italianate style garden and a newly restored historic location that links the Ames Free Library to Queset House.
Queset House or The Learning Commons, as the expansion is called, is housed in a 19th century mansion adjacent to the library. The romantic history of Queset House centers around the years Winthrop Ames, a notable Broadway producer, who lived there in the 1930's and hosted his New York theater friends. Visitors included such luminaries as Katherine Cornell, George Arliss, and Leslie Howard.

Borderland State Park

Borderland is one of the most historically significant tracts of publicly owned land in the Commonwealth. Created in the early 1900s by artist and suffragist Blanche Ames and her botanist husband Oakes, Borderland offers many of the same pleasures that the Ames family enjoyed: walking and horseback riding on woodland trails, fishing and canoeing in the ponds, or, in winter, ice-skating and sledding. In 1906, Oakes Ames and his wife Blanche purchased land on the border of Sharon and Easton. The country estate they named “Borderland” remained in the family for 65 years. In 1971, two years after the death of Blanche Ames, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts acquired the estate and opened it as a state park. The family’s home, a three-storey stone mansion built in 1910, still stands. Its twenty rooms are furnished much as they were when the Ameses lived here; many of Blanche Ames’ paintings grace the walls. Their illustrious histories remain in the house which is open for scheduled tours.
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Easton Country Club

A semi-private golf and country club located in the south eastern region of Massachusetts, Easton Country Club offers golf memberships, green fees, golf outings, and golf instruction in a relaxing and friendly setting. Founded in 1961, family owned and operated, Easton Country Club boasts a well manicured golf course consisting of multiple sets of tees for all golfing abilities, a pleasant mixture of open or treed fairways, and large and true rolling greens. Of course, your experience will not be complete without enjoying the 19th hole in our comfortable clubhouse with a delicious pub-style menu.

The Terrace Room, over-looking the club’s beautiful landscape and ponds, offers a perfect venue for wedding receptions, special events, fundraisers, and any other special celebrations. Elegant in style, the Terrace Room opens to an expansive garden patio, which provides an exceptional setting for on-site ceremonies, cocktail receptions, and romantic sunset photography.

Cambridge Farms

Cambridge Farms is located at 24 Norfolk Avenue in South Easton and has been in the business of Fresh Fruits And Vegetables since 2010. The marketplace provides fresh Radishes, Arugula, Fresh & Dried Herbs, Corn, Breads & Bakery, Maple, Eggs, Honey, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Edam, Kale.
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The Marketplace at Simpson Spring

The Marketplace at Simpson Spring is a modern local marketplace that provides the larger community access to local entrepreneurs, farmers, food producers and artisans. The Marketplace was founded on the belief that locally owned business builds strong communities. The Marketplace at Simpson Spring is open 6 days a week and features a wide variety of local products, including locally sourced meats, cheeses, pastas, butters, coffee, and other groceries, as well as health, beauty and household products.

Oliver Ames High School

Oliver Ames High School is a public high school in Easton, Massachusetts. The school currently enrolls approximately 1200 students in grades 9 through 12 and is named after the late Oliver Ames. Oliver Ames offers Advanced Placement, Honors, college preparatory, business, and standard programs, as well as electives in the visual and performing arts, business and industrial arts, and home economics.

In sports, Oliver Ames' teams have many achievements, including winning the Hockomock Championships. The Oliver Ames baseball team captured the 2003 MIAA Division 2 State Championship, This was the schools first ever baseball state championship. The girls basketball program has won 3 MIAA division 2 state championships (2006, 2010).

The Oliver Ames Tiger Marching Band represented the state of Massachusetts in the 2012 Memorial Day parade in Washington D.C.

Stonehill College

Stonehill College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Roman Catholic, liberal arts college located in Easton, Massachusetts, United States, founded in 1948. Situated in Easton, Massachusetts, a suburban community of 25,710 people, Stonehill is located 22 miles (35 km) south of Boston on a 375-acre (1.52 km2) campus, the original estate of Frederick Lothrop Ames. The campus map highlights 29 buildings that complement the original Georgian-style Ames mansion.

Stonehill College was founded in 1948 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, whose members established the University of Notre Dame (1842).

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Top 10 Neighborhood Amenities in Easton MA