Acushnet, a residential town, is located just west of the world-famous summer destinations of Cape Cod. Just 35 miles from Providence Rhode Island and 51 miles south of Boston, Acushnet is a quiet and slow-paced community of rolling hills and open landscape. Originally an agricultural community at the headwaters of the Acushnet River,... Show all »
Acushnet, a residential town, is located just west of the world-famous summer destinations of Cape Cod. Just 35 miles from Providence Rhode Island and 51 miles south of Boston, Acushnet is a quiet and slow-paced community of rolling hills and open landscape. Originally an agricultural community at the headwaters of the Acushnet River, the residential town of Acushnet embraces its rural setting, while also providing a home for various industries. During the 19th century, the town was the site of water-powered factories and boatyards, but today, the economic activity features construction, manufacturing and agriculture/aquaculture industries. Acushnet however, is a decidedly residential and family-oriented community that celebrates each harvest in the autumn with an Apple and Peach Festival during which growers, artisans, and the Historical Society showcase the local produce and crafts of Acushnet.
Despite its industrial presence, Acushnet has never had a defining business type. Instead, the community's 9500 residents spread out over 18 square miles enjoy an uncluttered and largely undeveloped landscape of winding tree-lined country roads. As home prices continue to rise elsewhere on the South Shore, Banker and Tradesman magazine lists Acushnet among the region's most affordable suburbs. Expansive, newly-constructed homes set on large lots are available as well in this community of diverse housing stock.
Much of the rural flavor of the town has remained in tact due to conservation efforts. The Fairhaven-Acushnet Land Preservation Trust purchased fifty acres bordering the Acushnet River, which included a 20-acre farm field and 30 acres of woodland on the river. Additionally, the Conservation Commission manages several hundred acres of open space including forestland, wetlands, streams and riverfront areas. These lands are found throughout the town and are ideal for outdoor recreation such as hiking, cross-country skiing and fishing. Another facility for outdoor recreation is the 18-hole Acushnet River Valley Municipal Golf Course that offers a putting green, rental clubs, pro shop, golf carts, pull carts, and a clubhouse.
Among many other high quality services, Acushnet has its own school district of elementary schools and a junior high school. High school students however attend one of the two high schools in New Bedford or the Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School in nearby Rochester. Acushnet is a scenic town offering the best possible mixture of its own local assets and accessibility to the cultural and economic opportunity of larger communities.