Welcome to the Town of Norton

dwnld 4-1-15 019Welcome to the Town of Norton, Massachusetts, established in 1711 and located in Bristol County. The population was 19,031 at the 2010 census. Norton is home to Wheaton College, founded in 1834, and the TPC Golf Course, home of the Deutsche Bank Championship Golf Tournament, which is an annual Labor Day Weekend event

The area known today as the Town of Norton in Bristol County was originally part of the Taunton North Purchase. As more families settled in this area, the people wanted to either form their own town or a separate precinct. The main reasons for this were the distances they had to travel and the poor roads that made it most inconvenient to attend church services in Taunton. The settlers petitioned for a minister, a church, and the right to become a precinct. Thus in 1709, this area became known as the North Precinct of Taunton. On June 12, 1711, the said North Precinct of Taunton was incorporated as the Town of Norton.

Norton is a small but growing town. The Sun Chronicle describes:

So it was in December 1997, when a traffic light was installed at the intersection of routes 123 and 140 in Norton. It was the town’s first full traffic light and, in a manner of speaking, it declared “Norton isn’t Mayberry anymore.”

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