Foxborough is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States, about 22 miles (35 km) southwest of Boston and 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Providence, Rhode Island. Foxborough is part of the Greater Boston area. The population was 16,865 at the 2010 census.
|Nickname(s): The Gem of Norfolk County|
Location in Norfolk County in Massachusetts
|Incorporated||June 10, 1778|
|• Type||Open town meeting|
|• Total||20.9 sq mi (54.1 km2)|
|• Land||20.1 sq mi (52.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)|
|Elevation||289 ft (88 m)|
|• Density||800/sq mi (310/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||508 / 774|
|GNIS feature ID||0618320|
"Foxborough" is the official spelling of the town name, although the alternative spelling "Foxboro" is also frequently used. This alternative spelling is used by the United States Postal Service as the correct form by which to address mail to recipients in the town although both can be processed by their system. The sign on the post office reads "Foxboro."
Settled in 1704 and incorporated in 1778, the town of Foxborough was named for Charles James Fox, a Whig member of Parliament and a staunch supporter of the Colonies in the years leading up to the American Revolution.
The town was once home to the world's largest straw hat factory. Founded by local businessman E.P. Carpenter, the Union Straw Works burned to the ground in the early 20th century. The town post office now stands on the site.
Foxborough was composed of small neighborhood communities until the early 1900s. These included Foxvale/Paineburgh, which remained semi-independent until the early twentieth century; Quaker Hill in South Foxborough; and Lakeview/Donkeyville in West Foxborough.
Schaefer Stadium (later known as Sullivan Stadium, then Foxboro Stadium) opened in 1971 as the home of the New England Patriots, after the football team spent its first eleven seasons playing at various stadiums in Boston. The family of Billy Sullivan owned both the Patriots and the stadium until they sold the team in 1988. The stadium, however, lapsed into bankruptcy and was then bought by paper magnate Robert Kraft. With Kraft in control of Foxboro Stadium, he prevented the Patriots from relocating to St. Louis in 1994 by refusing to let the team break their lease, then bought the Patriots outright. Kraft then founded the New England Revolution, one of the charter clubs of Major League Soccer, in 1996.
Gillette Stadium opened in 2002 as a replacement for Foxboro Stadium. The Patriot Place shopping plaza, built on land surrounding the stadium bought by Kraft, completed construction in 2009. The plaza includes a variety of restaurants, clothing stores, and other retailers.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.9 sq mi (54.1 km2), of which 20.1 sq mi (52.0 km2) is land and 0.81 sq mi (2.1 km2) (3.88%) is water.
Foxborough is located at (42.065248, -71.247856).
For the purposes of the United States Census Bureau, the built-up central area of Foxborough known as the Foxborough Census Designated Place (CDP) has a total area of 7.6 km² (3.0 mi²). 7.5 km² (2.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (1.69%) is water.
Foxborough's climate is humid continental (Köppen: Dfa) with four distinct seasons, which is the predominant climate for Massachusetts and New England. Summers are typically warm to hot, rainy, and humid, while winters are cold, windy, and snowy. Spring and fall are usually mild, but conditions are widely varied, depending on wind direction and jet stream positioning. The warmest month is July, with an average high temperature of 83 °F and an average low temperature of 62 °F. The coldest month is January, with an average high temperature of 36 °F and an average low temperature of 18 °F. Periods exceeding 90 °F in summer and below 10 °F in winter are not uncommon but rarely extended, with about 14 days per year seeing the former extreme. Because of the town's relatively short distance from the Atlantic Ocean, temperatures tend to remain warmer than locations further inland. Like the rest of the northeastern seaboard, precipitation is distributed fairly evenly throughout the entire year, with the winter months receiving slightly more precipitation than the summer months. Powerful storm systems known as Nor'easters can produce heavy amounts of rain and snow at any time of the year, but these storms most often strike during the winter months, causing significant snowfall amounts and blizzard conditions. Thunderstorms occur somewhat frequently in the summer, occasionally bringing heavy downpours, damaging winds, and hail. Tornado activity is relatively low in the area, although there have been a fair share of tornado warnings issued over the years. Due to its location along the United States eastern seaboard, Foxborough is somewhat vulnerable to Atlantic hurricanes and tropical storms that threaten the region from late summer into early autumn.
|Climate data for Foxboro, Massachusetts|
|Record high °F (°C)||68
|Average high °F (°C)||36
|Average low °F (°C)||18
|Record low °F (°C)||−19
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||3.78
|Average snowfall inches (cm)||15.0
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in)||11.0||9.5||11.6||11.8||12.3||11.3||10.2||9.4||8.9||10.1||11.3||11.1||128.5|
|Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in)||7.3||5.9||4.8||1.1||0||0||0||0||0||0.2||1.2||5.2||25.7|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||164.3||169.5||213.9||228.0||266.6||288.0||300.7||275.9||237.0||207.7||144.0||142.6||2,638.2|
|Source #1: Weather Channel|
|Source #2: NOAA (extremes 1904–present),|
|* = population estimate.
Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.
As of the census of 2000, there were 16,246 people, 6,141 households, and 4,396 families residing in the town. The population density was 809.1 people per square mile (312.4/km2). There were 6,299 housing units at an average density of 313.7 per square mile (121.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.09% White, 0.82% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 1.22% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.
There were 6,141 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the town, the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $64,323, and the median income for a family was $78,811. Based on data from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, these figures have risen to $92,370 as the median income for a household in the town and $108,209 as the median income for a family. Males had a median income of $51,901 versus $35,748 for females. The per capita income for the town was $32,294, but this figure has risen to $42,236. About 2.3% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.
The built-up central business district is designated by the United States Census Bureau as the Foxborough Census Designated Place for record keeping purposes (this is common among many larger population New England towns.)
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,509 people, 2,486 households, and 1,372 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 730.9/km² (1,895.7/mi²). There were 2,576 housing units at an average density of 341.8/km² (886.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.57% White, 1.42% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 1.07% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population.
There were 2,486 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.8% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 35.0% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $50,431, and the median income for a family was $58,924. Males had a median income of $42,030 versus $35,370 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $31,245. About 4.1% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.
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Foxborough is run by a five-member board of selectmen and elected town officials like the town moderator and town clerk. Day-to-day operations involving items under the Board of Selectmen's purview is handled by an appointed Town Manager.
Board of Selectmen (Term Ends)
- David Feldman, Chairman (2017)
- Chris Mitchell, Vice-Chairman (2018)
- Mark Elfman, Clerk (2019)
- Virginia Coppola (2018)
- James DeVellis (2019)
Other town officials
- William G. Keegan Jr. (Town Manager)
- Mary Beth Bernard (Assistant Town Manager)
- Robert E. Cutler Jr. (Town Clerk)
- Peter Solbo (Highway Supervisor)
- Roger Hill (Department of Public Works)
- Paige Duncan (Town Planner)
- William Casbarra (Building Commissioner)
- Pauline Clifford (Health Agent)
- Jane Sears Pierce (Conservation Manager)
- Bob Boette (Conservation Commission Chairman)
- Robert B. Worthley (Water and Sewer Superintendent)
- Randy Scollins (Finance Director)
- Roger P. Hatfield (Fire Chief)
- William D. Baker (Police Chief)
- Michael Johns (Veteran's Agent)
- Jennifer A. Savickis (Historical Commission Chairman)
- Deborah Giardino (Recreation Director)
- Hannelore Simonds (Chief Assessor)
- Debra Spinelli (Superintendent of Schools)
The Town Hall is located at 40 South Street, Foxborough, MA 02035.
Foxborough has a public school system. The Foxborough Public Schools (FPS) district currently has an enrollment of over 3,000 children in grades from pre-school to grade 12.
Foxborough public schools:
- Charles G. Taylor Elementary School (K – 4)
- Vincent M. Igo Elementary School (Pre-K – 4)
- Mabelle M. Burrell Elementary School (K – 4)
- John J. Ahern Middle School (5–8)
- Foxborough High School (9–12)
Foxborough High School offers a wide variety of sports including: golf, track and field, football, soccer, cross country, volleyball, swim, basketball, wrestling, hockey, indoor track, cheerleading, lacrosse, baseball, tennis, and softball.
The mascot of the high school is the Warriors, whose colors are blue and gold.
The football team has won the Hockomock League title and also won the Division 2 Super Bowl various times, most recently in 2007 with a 21–10 victory over Burlington. Coincidentally, the Super Bowl win also gave coach Jack Martinelli his 200th win. During the 1987 and 1988 seasons, the Warriors won back to back Division 3 Super Bowls and went undefeated in 1988. This team featured 5 players that went on to play Division 1 college football (Chris Cady, Eric Matckie, Tom Nalen, Dan Sullivan, Rob Turenne). The cheerleading team has also earned recognition, making it to nationals for the first time in 2004 and then again in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
The golf team has produced many all-scholastic players and even state champions, as has the wrestling team. The boys' indoor track team were the Hockomock Champions in the 2006/2007 season. The field hockey team have been the Hockomock Champions several times in recent years.
Foxborough High School is also known for its music program, which includes a string orchestra, symphony orchestra, chorus, marching band, concert band, symphonic winds, winds ensemble and jazz band/choir. Many of these groups regularly place in competitions, but the Jazz Ensemble has been recognized in several Essentially Ellington competitions. The top 15 Jazz bands in the country send in recordings of themselves and judges judge the bands. Foxborough is known for being in the top 15 for several years.
Points of interestEdit
- Foxboro Grange Hall, a National Historic Register place, added in 1983
- Gillette Stadium – Home of the New England Patriots and the New England Revolution.
- Patriot Place – An outdoor shopping and entertainment complex next to Gillette Stadium.
- Orpheum Theater – A local non-profit theater which serves as the home to Bay Colony Productions, a local community theater company, as well as the venue for other live performances and movies, including the annual Three Stooges film festival.
- F. Gilbert Hills State Forest – Encompassing 1,027 acres (4.16 km2) in Foxborough and Wrentham, the state forest is used for hiking, biking, cross country skiing, horseback riding, and observing nature. Contained on state forest land are some unique stone structures that some believe were made and used by the native Algonquin tribes prior to the town's founding.
- Memorial Hall – a stone building and monument in the center of town, formerly housing the library, now dedicated to those who served in the armed forces, containing a permanent collection of historical artifacts relating to town history.
- Sam Berns, an inspiring teenager who was born with progeria.
- Seth Boyden, born in Foxborough, later became one of Newark, New Jersey's foremost citizen-inventors, responsible for inventing patent leather, malleable iron and other processes as well as one of the first to develop daguerreotype.
- Frank Boyden, headmaster of Deerfield Academy
- Jeremy Collins, winner of Survivor: Cambodia
- Calvin R. Johnson, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
- Tim Lefebvre, bassist who plays with Tedeschi Trucks Band and played bass on David Bowie's final album Blackstar
- Joanna Levesque, professionally known as JoJo, an R&B singer-songwriter and actress
- Tom Nalen, former professional football player for the Denver Broncos
- Sidney Lawton Smith, designer, etcher, engraver, illustrator, and bookplate artist
- Chris Sullivan, musician, actor, cast member of The Electric Company
- Nguyen Van Thieu, president of South Vietnam from 1967 to 1975.
- Madame Nguyen Van Thieu, the last serving First Lady of South Vietnam from 1967 to 1975.
- Seth Williams, Marine Corps officer who served as Quartermaster General of the United States Marine Corps during the years 1937-1944.
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