Franklin is a community of about 33,000 people in Norfolk County, situated along Route 495 with easy access to Routes 95, 1, 1A and northbound, Mass Pike. Franklin also offers two MBTA commuter rails for those looking to travel to the city. The town was settled in 1660 and it was hoped that Benjamin Franklin would donate a bell for a church steeple in the town, but donated 116 books instead. This was the beginning of a debate over who should be allowed access to these books and 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. Currently the library is undergoing a 10 million dollar renovation and has been temporary relocated at 25 Kenwood Circle.
The Franklin Public Schools are highly regarded and offers top quality public schooling. They offer six elementary, three middle schools and one high school; and Tri-County Vocational School. The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School in Franklin is one of the first charter schools to open in the state. It ranks in the top ten of all public schools in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in many performance standards.
In 2008, Franklin was selected by CNN Money as #10 in their "100 Best Places to Live and Launch". They canvassed the country to find towns with the best mix of business advantages and lifestyle appeal. In 2014 they ranked as the safest city in the country according to a website that tracks data culled from the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.
Located in the heart of downtown and directly across the street is Dean College. Dean College has a rich history in Franklin and originally was known as Dean Junior College. In the 1990's the institution evolved and became Dean College, and soon began offering a bachelors degree as well as associate degrees. The rebirth of Dean College brought a new era and with capital improvements, beautiful new dormitories as well as dining and performance facilities have risen to grace their campus.
Dean College is one of the few Bachelors of Arts programs in the nation that offers concentrations in Acting, Musical Theatre and Technical Theatre. With the growth of this program, the BLACK BOX was created as the Home of the Performing Arts with a new theater and local event venue. It is the home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company, a flexible multi-use facility is located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin, Massachusetts.
All in all, Franklin still remains a quaint New England town, where community and family is foremost in the development and future of its vision. Considering a relocation or move to the area, I would be happy to help and introduce you to this wondering town where so many call home.
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