Mansfield, Massachusetts

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Mansfield is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the town population is 22,191. Mansfield is in the south-southwest suburbs of Boston and is also close to Providence, Rhode Island.

The village of Mansfield Center is located in the town.

The town is twinned with Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, England.

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History

Mansfield was first settled in 1658 and was officially incorporated in 1775. It was named for William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, a pro-colonial member of the House of Lords. Mansfield is largely known for being the home of the Comcast Center (formerly Great Woods, Tweeter Center) concert venue, one of the most popular in Massachusetts.

Benjamin E. Bates, an industrialist and philanthropist, who was the founder of Bates College was born in Mansfield in 1808. Stove and furnace manufacturer and innovator Gordon Chilson (1804–1877) worked here.[1]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.7 square miles (54 km2), of which, 20.5 square miles (53 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (1.25%) is water. There are five conservation areas in the town. They are, from largest to smallest: the Great Woods Conservation Area, Maple Park Conservation Area, York Conservation Area, Marie Strese Conservation Area, and Sweet Pond Conservation Area. The town is bisected by the Canoe, Rumford and Wading Rivers, as well as many small brooks which are all part of the Taunton River Watershed.

Mansfield's location is 28 miles south of Boston, 14 miles west of Brockton, and 19 miles north of Providence, Rhode Island. It is bordered by Foxborough and Sharon to the north, Easton to the east, Norton to the south, and Attleboro and North Attleborough to the west. The town's northern border is also a portion of the northern border of Bristol County. Its localities include East Mansfield, Ginty Corner, Mansfield Center, Purdy Corner and West Mansfield.

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