Taunton is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts located approximately 40 miles south of Boston, 18 miles east of Providence. It is the seat of Bristol County. Taunton is situated on the Taunton River which winds its way through the city on its way to Mount Hope Bay Founded in 1637 by members of the Plymouth Colony, Taunton is one of the oldest towns in the United States. The native Americans called the region Cohannet, Tetiquet and Titicut before the arrival of the Europeans. Most of the town’s settlers were originally from Taunton in Somerset, England, which led early settlers to name the settlement after that town.
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