Located in Bristol County, Attleboro has been a city in Massachusetts since 1914. Once known as the “Jewelry Capital of the World,” Attleboro was the hub of many jewelry manufacturers starting in 1913 when L.G. Balfour Company made the town their home. The company no longer exists in the city, but many jewelry manufacturing firms still remain.
Since Attleboro is one of the larger cities in Massachusetts with over 43,000 residents, the city hosts many attractions for residents and visitors of all ages—including a city zoo. Open for nearly 75 years, Capron Park Zoo is a popular attraction in Attleboro for families to spend the day. The zoo aims to educate its visitors and also provide areas for children to play and interact with the animals.
The city is also known for the annual Festival of Lights at The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette. The light festival has been an Attleboro tradition for over 60 years. Every winter over 300,000 lights illuminate over 10 acres of land at the Shrine and is free and open to the public. Each year has a different theme and families can go for a peaceful stroll around the grounds, sipping on hot chocolate and enjoying the views and holiday music.
History buffs can appreciate the city’s history dating back to the 17th century. The city has four museums open to the public including the Industrial Museum, Arts Museum, the Women at Work Museum and the Museum at the Mill.
The history can also be explored through its architecture preserved by the Attleboro Historical Commission. Even some of Attleboro’s available real estate dates back to the 18th century. Contemporary homes are for sale, however, in a variety of price ranges from luxury homes and condominiums to affordable single-family homes and apartments.
Attleboro offers the virtues and values of small town living, yet is conveniently located within easy reach of Boston, Providence, and the beaches of both Cape Cod and Rhode Island. Attleboro is located along I-95, I-295 (begins near the North Attleborough town line at I-95), US 1, and Routes 1A, 118, 123 and 152.
The city is home to two MBTA commuter rail stations; one in the downtown area and the other near the Rhode Island border in the South Attleboro district. Nationally known as the birthplace of the jewelry industry, Attleboro preserves and maintains America’s earliest beginnings while attracting cutting-edge technology companies. Attleboro is a friendly, growing city that appeals to those who seek a deep-rooted sense of community with suburban amenities, such as the 93 acre 18 hole golf course at the Highland Country Club. It is home to the Capron Park Zoo, which has several varieties of endangered species and has a wealth of educational programs. Many families have been here for generations and the sense of town pride is strong.
Attleboro includes the localities of Briggs Corner, Dodgeville, East Junction, Hebronville, and South Attleboro.