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Travel Photo Essay: Historic Assonet Village, Freetown, MA
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Assonet Village, Freetown, MA

From left to far right: The Freetown Town Hall (built in 1888), the former Village School (built in 1794 and currently slated for renovation), and the North Church (built in 1809) -- photo by Eric H. 

Article and photo by Eric H.

Assonet Village, a quaint, historic section of Freetown, MA, might not seem like much at first glance, but, gradually, the feeling of being in a pleasant, tiny, classic New England country town starts to resonate. With parts of the village listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Assonet Village features old municipal buildings, the beautiful North Church, an old convenience store named Grandpa's Place, and the scenic Assonet River and Bay. Although imperfect with some buildings and homes in need of repair, Assonet Village, nevertheless, seems like the perfect little New England town -- imperfections are traditionally part of the honest, unique New England fabric. Assonet, however, has many more pluses than minuses, with the well-kept antique homes (with many decked out in red, white and blue), comprising what looks like an ideal older, tree-lined neighborhood. Also remarkable about Assonet is that despite its nearly-perfect solitude, this part of Freetown is located quite close to Fall River, a densely populated city of about 90,000. This juxtaposition of two completely different communities seems improbable, but significant given Freetown was part of a southeastern Massachusetts region that once experienced great success in the fishing, shipbuilding, and railway industries. Freetown played a healthy role in each industry, but today seems content as a historically-preserved community that seems like a nice place to live for Fall River and New Bedford suburbanites who enjoy a quiet and peaceful environment.

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