Foxboro is a town found about 22 miles southwest of Boston and about 18 miles northeast of Providence – since the town is nearly halfway between the two metropolises, it’s safe to say that half of the town lives here due to its proximity to Boston, while the other half is more attached to Providence. The town itself is most famous for being the home of Gillette Stadium, which is the home of the National Football League’s New England Patriots as well as the Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. The town is also spelled Foxborough. It also has the somewhat unusual designation of once having housed the world’s largest straw-hat factory. Unfortunately, the factory burned to the ground back at the beginning of the 20th century – the land that the factory once occupied is now held by the town’s post office.
If you happen to be in Foxboro, it’s likely that the main draw was a sporting event. Even though Gillette Stadium is definitely the town’s major venue, there are other places of interest to be found throughout the town. If you happen to be in Foxboro and are looking for ways to kill time before the football match, be sure to check out F. Gilbert Hills State Forest. This forest encompasses over 1,000 acres worth of natural land, and even contains some stone structures that are thought to be remnants of the Algonquin tribes that lived here prior to the arrival of European settlers. Another place of interest is Memorial Hall, which is both a monument to those who have served in the US armed forces throughout history and a local history museum. Another place to check out is the Orpheum Theater, which is home to the annual Three Stooges Festival. They run live performances throughout the year, so if you’re in the area of Foxboro, it’s worth your while to check out what they have on offering.
If you happen to be in the area, Foxboro is a town that is worth spending more time in than the two hours required to catch a sports game. If you enjoy the New England wilderness, particularly, you’ll love Foxboro!