Church Green (Taunton, Massachusetts)

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Church Green
Tauntons Church green today.jpg
Vietnam Memorial Fountain on Church Green with Vietnam Memorial and Global War on Terrorism Memorial
Church Green (Taunton, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
Church Green (Taunton, Massachusetts)
Church Green (Taunton, Massachusetts) is located in the US
Church Green (Taunton, Massachusetts)
Location Taunton, Massachusetts
Coordinates 41°54′5″N 71°5′17″W / 41.90139°N 71.08806°W / 41.90139; -71.08806Coordinates: 41°54′5″N 71°5′17″W / 41.90139°N 71.08806°W / 41.90139; -71.08806
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Late Victorian, Renaissance, Gothic Revival
NRHP Reference #

77000168

[1]
Added to NRHP December 16, 1977

The Church Green is a town common in Taunton, Massachusetts. It is a triangular-shaped parcel of land located at the intersection of Summer Street (Route 140) and Dean Street (Route 44). It has distinctive Veterans Memorials dedicated to both Vietnam Veterans and Global War on Terrorism Veterans. These memorials feature seven flags that are in a V shape, a fountain, a brick garden, reflection benches, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Global War on Terrorism Memorial.

The green was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, as part of a district which includes the First Parish Church, the Old Colony Historical Society, Taunton City Hall, and several historic homes and commercial buildings.

The Church Green National Historic District overlaps the local Taunton Historic District, administered by the Taunton Historic District Commission.[2]

History[edit]

Originally known as Meetinghouse Common, Church Green is the site of Taunton's first town center, and the location of its first meetinghouse (ca. 1647), used for both religious and governmental purposes.[3]

On November 13, 2011, The City of Taunton, MA raised new flag poles, seven in total. The flags form a V on the point of Church Green, with the American Flag in the center, each flag pole has the distinctive flag for each branch of the United States Military. The flags were raised as phase 1 of the Taunton Global War on Terrorism Memorial. [1] On June 10, 2012, The City of Taunton dedicated the Taunton Global War on Terrorism Memorial on Church Green. [2]

Properties[edit]

Non-residential

Residential

  • Anselm Bassett House (1825)
  • Carleton Brabrook House (c.1873)
  • George Crocker House (1858)
  • Barney Deane House (c.1829)
  • Charles Foster House (c.1845)
  • Charles T. Hubbard House (1884)
  • Charles T. Newbury House (1905)
  • Maurice Mason House (c.1902)
  • Abner Pitts House (1836)
  • Frank Smeardon House (1919)
  • Richard Warner House (1919)
  • Alfred B. Williams House (1899)

Non-contributing property

  • 31 Church Green (1970), modern apartment building

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Taunton Historic District
  3. ^ Walking Tours pamphlet, 1998, Taunton Historic District Commission