Residents of Franklin are proud to send their children to the Franklin Public Schools district, which serves over 6,000 students in six elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school. A vocational-technical high school and one charter school serving students in grades K-8 are also located in Franklin. For alternative schooling options, there are a number of private and parochial schools located throughout Franklin for those who are looking to learn in a faith-based setting. The schools here in Franklin are of such high quality that the community has been recognized by Family Circle Magazine for being among the top ten towns within the country to raise a family.
For higher education options, Franklin residents have the option of attending Dean College, a private residential college that offers associate degrees, two bachelor programs in Dance and Arts and Entertainment Management. Dean College also works closely with Suffolk University which is based in Boston. Other colleges and universities located within distance to Franklin include Babson College and Wellesley College (both located in Wellesley); Framingham State College; Stonehill College in Easton; Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley Hills; and Providence College.
The Town of Franklin boasts a strong pro-business environment; in fact, CNNMoney.com noted back in 2008 that Franklin is one of the 100 best places to live and launch your own company or business. One of the main reasons why CNNMoney.com chose this charming town for their list is because of the many business incentives offered by the state, such as tax credits and ?incentive payments for new-job creation.?
Franklin has two industrial parks, Franklin Industrial Park and Forge Park. Additionally, the Grove Street Business Corridor houses a number of manufacturing companies and research and development firms. A few major employers headquartered in Franklin include Tegra Medical, EMC, Garelick Farms, and Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Attractions & Points of Interest
If you?re looking to take a tour of Franklin, consider starting at Franklin?s Historic District which houses the little Red Brick School, one of the longest running one room classrooms in the country. The Red Brick School is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and just recently celebrated its 175th birthday in 2008. While you?re in the Historic District, be sure to check out the other 73 historical buildings in the area, such as the former Town Hall on West Central Street and a few homes that date back to 1780.
Franklin?s downtown district features a variety of restaurants and bars and the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, which enrolls over 1,000 students in its theatre, music and dance programs. The Franklin Town Common is where concerts, community events and festivals such as The Feast of St. Rocco and the Fourth of July celebrations are held. Another point of interest that shouldn?t be missed is the Franklin Public Library, the first public library in the country. History buffs will want to take a look at some of the books that Benjamin Franklin donated to this library.
Franklin?s Recreation Department does an excellent job in keeping residents busy with programs, classes and activities, and community-wide events. Whether you?re looking to go boating and canoeing at Beaver Pond, picnicking at Chilson Beach, fishing or hunting, mountain biking through Franklin State Forest, or ice skating at Veterans Memorial Rink, there?s always something to do in this little town!
Golfers looking to play a few rounds out on the links have a number of courses to visit, including Maplegate Country Club, New England Country Club, Bellingham Sportsman Club, Bungay Brook Golf Club, Hopedale Country Club, and Wentworth Hills Golf & Country Club.
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