Town of Norton History and Resources
Established on March 17, 1710 as a part of Taunton, a bill to perfect the Norton Grant was passed on June 12, 1771. Parts of Norton were originally established as Easton on December 21, 1725, and as Mansfield on April 26, 1770. Located in Bristol County, Norton is approximately 30 miles southwest of Boston, 15 miles north of Providence, Rhode Island, and 35 miles southeast of Worcester. The Town is two miles from the Interstate Route 95 and 495 intersection, and two miles from the I-495/Route 140 intersection, providing exceptional transportation access from all directions. Elevations range from a high of 178 feet above sea level to 59 feet above sea level at its lowest point. Norton is largely a residential community, operating under an Open Town Meeting form of government with a Charter and Town Manager. The community's population has grown by over 60 percent over the last 25 years. Narrative supplied by community.
Federal Census, 1790, Norton Norton Public Library
Federal Census, 1850, Norton Norton History
Federal Census, 1860, Norton Norton Vital Records
Historic Maps Covering Norton