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"LOST AND FOUND: Flag turns up at Town Hall" - The search for the town’s official flag didn’t have to go that far... Herald News, 2-17-10
(Narrative borrowed from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community
"Swansea is a suburban/rural community founded on the premise of religious
tolerance for all. Unfortunately, the town also turned out to be the starting place
of King Philip's war in 1675 and the site of the first bloodshed of the war. Before
that war there were several historic Indian settlement sites and trails in the town.
Colonial settlement began in 1663 and the town was named after a minister's home
village in Wales. In 1664, King Philip had conveyed the land in the community to
William Brenton of Newport and by the start of the Indian war, there were 70 people
staying in the garrison fortified house in town and several occupied houses on the
Neck. During the war, Indian attacks destroyed every house in town including the
"After the war, forges, ironworks and fishing on the town's rivers made up a substantial
part of the community's economy. The small villages that made up the community were
the sites of stores, cotton mills, grist and yarn mills and fishing boats. When the
bigger industrial cities such as Fall River, Taunton and Providence absorbed the
town's industries, Swansea's large agricultural capacity remained important. In the
1890's, the street trolley connected Swansea to Fall River and Providence and suburban
and summer homes were developed. A picnic grove called Shady Isles was established
by the streetcar company and brought city people out to the country on day trips."
"Now a suburban community with much of its agricultural land still open, Swansea also
retains Colonial houses."
"It is located in southeastern Massachusetts, bordered by Barrington and Warren, Rhode
Island, on the west and southwest; the mouth of the Taunton River on the south; Somerset
on the east; and Dighton, Rehoboth, and Seekonk on the north. Swansea is about 4
miles west of Fall River; 47 miles south of Boston; 12 miles southeast of Providence,
Rhode Island; and about 190 miles from New York City."
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