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Foxborough, Massachusetts


Foxborough, Massachusetts

Foxborough, Massachusetts
Gillette Stadium, Memorial Hall, Patriot Place, sign in Foxborough, Congregational Church and the Orpheum Theatre
Gillette Stadium, Memorial Hall, Patriot Place, sign in Foxborough, Congregational Church and the Orpheum Theatre
Official seal of Foxborough, Massachusetts
Nickname(s): The Gem of Norfolk County
Location in Norfolk County in Massachusetts
Location in Norfolk County in Massachusetts
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Settled 1704
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)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 16,693
 • Density 800/sq mi (310/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 02035
Area code(s) 508 / 774
FIPS code 25-24820
GNIS feature ID 0618320

Foxborough is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States, approximately 22 miles (35 km) southwest of Boston and 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Providence, Rhode Island. The population was 16,865 at the 2010 census.

"Foxborough" is the official spelling of the town name,[2] 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."

The town is best known as the site of Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots of the National Football League and the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer.

For geographic and demographic information on the census-designated place Foxborough, please see the article Foxborough (CDP), Massachusetts.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Climate 3
  • Demographics 4
  • Government 5
  • Education 6
    • Public schools 6.1
    • Private schools 6.2
  • Points of interest 7
  • Notable people 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Main Street c. 1906

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 mid-twentieth century; Quaker Hill in South Foxborough; and Lakeview/Donkeyville in West Foxborough.

Foxborough is home to the Gillette Stadium, home of the four-time Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots, as well as the Major League Soccer club New England Revolution, both owned by Bob Kraft. 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'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
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
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[3]
Source #2: NOAA (extremes 1904–present),[4]


As of the census[15] 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. [16][17][18] 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.


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)

  • James DeVellis, Chairman (2016)
  • David Feldman, Vice-Chairman (2017)
  • Chris Mitchell, Clerk (2018)
  • John R.Gray Jr. (2016)
  • Virginia Coppola, (2018)

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)
  • Sharon Wason (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)
  • Edward T. O’Leary (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.


Public schools

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.

Private schools

  • Foxborough Regional Charter School (FRCS) is a college preparatory school for grades K-12.
  • The Sage School is located on Mechanic Street. It provides education for gifted students, K-8.

Points of interest

Memorial Hall
  • 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.[19]
  • 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.

Notable people


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  19. ^ StoneSites.Net / About This Site
  20. ^ "Education: Massachusetts Yankee". Time. May 30, 1949. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  21. ^ Players -
  22. ^ The Electric Company Members
  23. ^ Nguyen Van Thieu Is Dead at 76; Last President of South Vietnam – New York Times

External links

  • Foxborough Patch
  • Town of Foxborough
  • Boyden Library
  • Vital Records of Foxborough, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850
  • State's Foxborough information page
  • Town of Foxborough Building Department
  • The Foxboro Reporter (Local Newspaper)
  • Foxborough Founders Day
  • Foxboro Cable Access
  • Foxborough Citizen Corps - MRC/CERT
  • Foxborough Historical Society
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