Located in Bristol County in eastern Massachusetts, Easton is bordered by Brockton and West Bridgewater to the east, Taunton and Raynham to the south, Norton to the southwest, Mansfield to the west, and Sharon and Stoughton to the north. It is situated 30 minutes from Boston, 45 minutes from Cape Cod and 45 minutes from Providence. Routes 106, 123 and 138 run through the town, and Route 24 and Interstate 495 lie just outside its border. Plans are in the works for North Easton and Easton Village stations to be served by the MBTA’s Providence/Stoughton line.
Easton was first settled in 1694 and incorporated in 1725. During the Revolutionary War, George Washington stayed at the Benjamin Williams Tavern on Bay Road, which is now the second oldest existing house in Easton.
The prominent Ames family was influential in the town, establishing the Ames Shovel Works in 1803. Working with designer H. H. Richardson, designer of the Trinity Churchin Boston, the family financed the construction of numerous buildings: Unity Church (1875), the Free Library (1883), the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall (1881), the Ames Gate Lodge (1881), the Old Colony Railroad Station (1881) and the F.L. Ames Gardener’s Cottage (1884).
Easton’s citizens have a wide variety of cultural and recreational facilities and organizations. They include a Children’s Museum, Cultural Council, Historical Society, Garden Club and Friends of the Public Gardens. There are over 4,000 acres of conservation land encompassing forests, wet meadows, ponds, grasslands and pitch pine forests. Borderland State Park, in North Easton, is a popular venue for walking and horseback riding on woodland trails, fishing and canoeing in the ponds, or, in winter, ice-skating and sledding. Easton’s recreation department oversees the town pool as well as many sports leagues.
The town’s public school system includes three elementary schools serving Pre-K-2; one serving grades 3-5; one middle school with grades 6-8 and Oliver Ames High School (9-12). In addition, students may choose to attend Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School or Bristol County Agricultural High School, free of charge. Easton is also home to the private liberal arts Stonehill College.
Homes for sale in Easton, Massachusetts as of June 6, 2017 include a 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath townhome for $159,000; a 3-bedroom, 1/5-bath single-family home on 1+ acres for $395,000; a 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath single-family home for $405,000 and a 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath, single-family home on ½ acre for $620,000. If you are interested in buying a home in Easton, it is in your best interest to work with an agent who is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Buyer Agents.