Raynham was established in 1731 as a distinct and separate township carved out of the northeast corner of the “Town” of Taunton. Known as the site of the earliest successful iron works (1652), Raynham continues today as a thriving, successful community. Once a rural hamlet, the town is fast becoming a suburban bedroom community.
But because of its location at the crossroads of Route 24, 44 & I-495 (as well as Route 138 & 104), it is also a commercial center in its own right. Raynham Woods Commerce Park, a 330 acre site, is home to some major corporations and is one of the premier industrial parks in Southeastern Massachusetts. Business thrives along two major corridors, Routes 44 and 138.
Raynham has always been proud of its school system and the quality education it provides for the Town’s children. The Raynham Middle School was completed in 2001, in addition to the LaLiberte School (K-1) which was completely renovated and reopened in 2002 and the Merrill School (Grades 2-4). At the high school level, students have a choice of three superb public schools: Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical High School and Bristol County Agricultural High School.
Besides educational and employment opportunities, Raynham provides terrific recreational programs and facilities for both children and adults. The Town’s 300 acre Borden Colony complex has fields for soccer, baseball and softball plus acres of forest and farmlands for passive recreation. Johnson’s Pond is open to the public for fishing, ice-skating, picnicking and boating. In addition, the Town has numerous conservation areas for the preservation of the natural environment.
As we look to the future, we see the town growing at a moderate pace. We see expanded opportunities in education, employment, and business for the people of Raynham. We embrace these opportunities and we welcome newcomers to share in them.