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Foxboro is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States, approximately 22 miles (35 km) southwest of Boston and 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Providence, Rhode Island. “Foxborough” is the official spelling of the town name although the alternative spelling “Foxboro” is also frequently used. This alternative spelling is used by the United States Postal Service as the correct form by which to address mail to recipients in the town although both can be processed by their system. The sign on the post office reads “Foxboro.” The town is best known as the site of Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots of the National Football League and the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer.
Settled in 1704 and incorporated in 1778, the town of Foxboro was named for Charles James Fox, a Whig member of Parliament and a staunch supporter of the Colonies in the years leading up to the American Revolution. The town was once home to the world’s largest straw hat factory, The Union Straw Works, founded by local businessman E.P. Carpenter. Foxboro is home to the Gillette Stadium, home of the six-time Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots, as well as the Major League Soccer club New England Revolution. The Patriot Place shopping plaza, built on land surrounding the stadium completed construction in 2009. The plaza includes a variety of restaurants, clothing stores, and other retailers. Foxboro is run by a five-member board of selectmen and elected town officials like the town moderator and town clerk. Day-to-day operations involving items under the Board of Selectmen’s purview is handled by an appointed Town Manager. Foxboro has a public school system. Foxborough Regional Charter School (FRCS) is a college preparatory school for grades K-12. FRCS was originally founded as the Sabis Foxborough Regional Charter School in 1998. In 2002, the school broke off from Sabis.The Sage School is located on Mechanic Street. It provides gifted education for students, K-8.
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