Lakeville, Massachusetts

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Lakeville is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 9,821 at the 2000 census.

For geographic and demographic information on the village of North Lakeville, please see the article North Lakeville, Massachusetts.

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History

Lakeville was settled in 1717 as a western parish of Middleborough. It was incorporated as a separate town in 1853. The town's name comes from the system of "lakes" in the town, including Assawompset Pond, Great Quittacas Pond & Little Quittacas Pond, Pocksha Pond, and Long Pond. Long Pond is the source of the Acushnet River, and Assawompsett Pond is the source of the Nemasket River, which feeds the Taunton River.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.1 square miles (93.6 km²), of which, 29.9 square miles (77.4 km²) of it is land and 6.2 square miles (16.2 km²) of it (17.27%) is water. Lakeville is irregularly shaped, and is bound by Middleborough to the northeast and east, Rochester to the southeast, Freetown to the south and southwest, and Berkley and Taunton to the west. Its borders with Taunton, Berkley and Freetown are also a central section of the western borders of Plymouth County. Lakeville is roughly at the center of what is considered Southeastern Massachusetts, and is approximately twenty miles west of Plymouth, twenty miles north of New Bedford, thirty miles east of Providence, Rhode Island, and forty miles south of Boston.

The town's geography is dominated by its namesake "lakes," which are referred to as ponds in general usage. In addition to the main bodies of water and their feeder brooks and rivers, there are also several smaller ponds, as well as many brooks and swamps, including the Casual Swamp and the Cedar Swamp, which is protected as a part of the Assonet Cedar Swamp Wildlife Management Area, which is operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. There are also several small conservation areas, four country clubs and two parks, including the Ted Williams Camp, which was once the site of a summer baseball camp run by Ted Williams. According to "Lakeville, Massachusetts Gravestone Inscriptions 1711-2003" by Jean Douillette, there are 31 known cemeteries in Lakeville, or almost 1 per square mile.

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