Your Town: North Attleboro

By News Staff

North Attleboro is jam packed with history and in this edition of “Your Town, Your Life”; we explore a home with roots that date back to 1669.

The home, located right along Route 1A in North Attleboro, nestled just off the busy road, is the Woodcock Garrison House.

The first known settler in the area, John Woodcock built the house in this general area in 1669.  The house burned down and was re–built in the 1730's. Although much of the wood that could be saved was likely used in the building that stands before you today.

Part of the charm of the Woodcock Garrison House is the tours. On this day Noreen Kiff, in period costume, was nice enough to take us back in time, with a lesson on how forks were once used.

“It was not used for eating,” she says, “This fork would've been used to take the food from the trencher and put it on to the plate, once it was on your plate, then you would use your fingers.”

Route 1A was a main road back in the day, right between providence and Boston. And as you can imagine, a house in this location was in demand.

Tours of the Woodcock Garrison House are coming up. One is on the first Sunday in May; and the really big one is the Sunday before thanksgiving.

If you want a microcosm of North Attleboro it's at the Falls Fire Barn Museum. The fire barn dates back to 1893 and displays “Nic-Nac” type stuff to serious memorabilia like a jacket from the War of 1812.

It's open every Saturday from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and it's free. Donations and volunteers keep it open.

It's hard to believe in today's day and age but in 1919, some of the best baseball players in history played for town teams. Guys like Walter Johnson, Eddie Collins, George Sisler and a very young Babe Ruth, just to name a few.

The rich jewelry owners were so competitive that they paid big money to bring in these guys to play for the town teams of Attleboro and North Attleboro. Babe played one game for North Attleboro and went 1 for 5.

One of the fields these great ball players used is still in existence today, the Columbia field on Moran street in North Attleboro.

In 1919 it was packed with thousands of fans anxious looking to see all of this baseball royalty.

So far our journey in our “Your Town, Your Life” series has taken us to several interesting towns across Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

If you think there is something special about you're from let us know, Alexandra or John might pay your town a visit.