Freetown and its villages of Assonet and East Freetown are one of the oldest communities in the country settled in 1659 by the Pilgrims. Freetown is home to one of Massachusetts largest parks, The Freetown/Fall River State Forest and Profile Rock noting the Pilgrims arrival to the New World. With its easy access to Route 24, the town is a popular community for commuters to Boston by car and those using the MBTA rail station in nearby Lakeville, MA. Freetown is divided into two distinct villages, Assonet and East Freetown both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are about 9000 residents and around 3000 households in the town.
Freetown borders a large number of other communities because of its irregular shape including Berkley, Lakeville, Rochester, Acushnet, New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fall River, and Somerset. In 2014 Fall River Development Corporation opened the Southcoast Life Science and Technology Park and built a new highway exit to access it on the Fall River/Freetown line. This development has opened new opportunities for large corporations like Stop & Shop and Amazon to locate massive distribution centers. Freetown will see increased residential growth to accommodate the business growth. The median home value in Freetown is $305,000, with a tax rate of just over $13.00 / thousand. Freetown is part of the Lakeville/Freetown regional school system.