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Visiting Downtown Foxborough, Mass.
"Seemingly worlds away from nearby Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place"
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Downtown Foxborough MA (photo by Eric)

Article and photo by Eric H.


When thinking of Foxborough, Mass., Gillette Stadium (home of the New England Patriots) and the Patriot Place shopping and entertainment center on commercial Route 1 comes to mind.

Foxborough (also spelled "Foxboro"), however, has another side with virtually nothing in common with the highly developed areas mentioned. Taking the Route 140 Foxboro exit off Route One is like eventually entering Mr. Peabody and Sherman's Way Back Machine into another time and place. Traditional New England is apparent the second you arrive in downtown Foxborough with a spectacular circular town common surrounded by beautiful old churches, historic buildings and nostalgic elements like Aubuchon Hardware, the Orpheum Theater for local theater productions, and the "townie" Commons Eatery Cafe. 

Foxborough was incorporated in 1778, and although modern elements (stores, paved roadways, newer buildings) clearly outweigh the original flavor of this community, there's just enough preservation here to give the town a wonderfully historic look. Next time you visit Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place, consider taking a few minutes to visit this very pleasant slice of old time New England.  I know every chance I get to walk around the town common, and take in the relaxed small town experience always reminds me of what makes New England so special!

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