Home Of The First Public Library In The United States!
The town was called Franklin in honor of Benjamin Franklin.
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Franklin was first settled by Europeans in 1660 and officially incorporated during the American Revolution. The town from the western part of the town of Wrentham, and it was officially incorporated on March 2, 1778. It was hoped that Benjamin Franklin would donate a bell for a church steeple in the town, but he donated 116 books instead, beginning a debate over who should be allowed access to these books. On November 20, 1790, it was decided that the volumes would be lent to the residents of Franklin for free via its library, which has been in operation since then. The Ray Memorial Library building was dedicated in 1904. In 1990, on the library’s bicentennial, its staff published a booklet, “A History of America’s First Public Library at Franklin Massachusetts, 1790 ~ 1990” to commemorate America’s first public library and book collection.
The town is also home to the birthplace of America’s father of public education, Horace Mann. The town is also home to what may have been the nation’s oldest continuously operational one-room school house (Croydon, New Hampshire‘s school dates to 1780, but there is debate as to whether it is truly “one room”). The Red Brick School was started in 1792, its building constructed in 1833, and was operational until 2008. St. Mary’s Catholic Church, located in central Franklin and built by Matthew Sullivan, is the largest Catholic parish in the Boston Archdiocese with some 15,000 members.
The School System
Franklin is a very desirable town to live in because of its excellent school system.
The Franklin Public Schools have six elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school. Franklin is also home to a regional vocational-technical high school and one charter school (Grades K – 8).
Franklin High School constructed a new high school building and tore down the old one in 2014.
The Red Brick School is a historic school in the town. It was used at various times for kindergarten through 4th-grade students; sometimes for multiple grades simultaneously. It was one of the longest-running one-room schools in America.
The Town of Franklin is also home to Dean College, founded in 1865, a private residential college with over 1,100 students. The college grants associate degrees in a number of subjects (98% of the students are accepted for transfer to four-year schools) and also offers bachelor‘s programs in Arts and Entertainment Management, Psychology, Sociology, History, English, Business, Marketing, Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Management, Sport Management, Sport Fitness, Recreation and Coaching, Dance, Liberal Arts & Studies, and Theater.