Middleborough is the cranberry capitol of the world and a major center for antiques. It is the home of Ocean Spray Cranberry. At 68.1 square miles of land mass, it is also the second largest town in Massachusetts. However, large as it is, only about 22,200 people live there so it is not thickly settled. There are plenty of farms and wooded areas in Middleborough to escape into. In fact, horse ranches are drawn to Middleborough where the land is abundant for pastures and trail rides.
In contrast, parts of Middleborough are industrial thanks to many of old factories located on the Nemasket River because they were once powered by waterwheels. The river flows through town from its mouth in Lakeville to where it turns into the Taunton River. The early industries were furnished water power for their grist mills, saw mills, furnaces and forges. The later cotton mills and shovel works were also powered by the river. The course of the Nemasket river begins at Lake Assawompsett which is the largest natural body of fresh water in Massachusetts.
Enjoy this video of the Nemasket River flowing in Middleborough’s Oliver Mill Park through old riverside mill ruins.
Middleborough was settled in 1660. It is 38 miles from Boston, 22 miles from New Bedford, and 30 miles from Providence, Rhode Island. Middleborough is on Route 44 to Plymouth and Routes 28 and 495 to Cape Cod.
Middleborough has a relatively young population with the median age in town coming in at 36 years of age. The spread breaks down like this: 27.7% is under the age of 18, 6.9% is between the ages 18 and 24, 32.8% is 25 to 44, 22.3% range in age from 45 to 64, and 10.3% is 65 years of age or older.