A Brief History
Incorporated first as a town in 1639, the City of Taunton is one of the oldest municipalities in the United States. Native Americans called this region, "Cohannet, Tetiquet, and Titicut." King Philip's War was largely fought in the Greater Taunton Area. Anawan Rock, located in the Town of Rehoboth, is the site of one of the final episodes of the War play out on August 20, 1676. There, Metacomet's (King Philip's) second in command, Anawan, was captured by the English captain Benjamin Church.
Routes 44, 138, and 104, intersect in the city center, the Taunton Green. The 'Green' was initially given to the city in 1743 as a militia training ground. Now, the Taunton Green is a big activity hub where visitors can enjoy seasonal concerts and the Lights On! Christmas Festival, to name a few.