Lakeville was formerly a part of
Middleborough, MA (which was incorporated in 1669). Lakeville was
incorporated in 1853.
its name from the numerous lakes which occupy about 4,000 acres of the
" Lakeville is an inland rural town on the Plymouth-Bristol county
boundary. The land was first settled around 1702, when a forge was
erected to use the bog iron in Assawompset and Long Ponds.
The town was largely agricultural since it lacked the major water
resources to attract early industrialists. In the 19th century,
however, its limited water power allowed development of a tack and nail
factory, a tannery, and some small shoe making companies. Later in the
century, neighboring communities drew off a significant percentage of
the Lakeville water supply and cut off the cottage and recreational
potential of lakeside properties.
With the shriveling of industry, the town has remained
essentially as it began, a pleasant rural community still showing
significant agricultural character but with some suburban development
pressures visible. Residents are very proud of the community's
continuing beauty. They enjoy using the Long Pond recreational area
which offers traditional summer sports as well as ice skating, ice
boarding and ice fishing. The woodlands surrounding the town's lakes
provide hiking and picnicking opportunities while three golf courses,
indoor tennis facilities and a racquet and fitness club provide for the
athletic interests of residents.
It is located in southeastern Massachusetts, bordered by
Middleborough on the north and east, Freetown and Rochester on the
south, and Berkley and Taunton on the west. "
- From the Massachusetts Department of Housing and
Community Development (DHCD).
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