Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Easton, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Easton.
Easton Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Easton was ranked 171st in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 declining from 176th in 2012. However, it was 146th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 142nd in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Easton
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Easton area for decades. We know the landscape and we have good relationships with local police and fire officials. Our team of employees (200 strong and growing) live in the communities we serve, this means our customers are our neighbors.
After being settled in 1694, it didn’t take long for Easton to be incorporated (1725). The name came from its original settlement name “East End,” settlers liked the name so it was shortened to Easton.
What Easton is Known for…
Easton is best known for its history before its incorporation in 1725. Prior to English settlement, Native Americans lived in the area and used it primarily for hunting and as a burial ground. During King Philip’s War, King Philip, also known as Metacom, used Easton as headquarters for his troops. After the war, English settlers made the Taunton North Purchase in 1668, although it wasn’t settled until 1694. After settling and by 1713 there were sixty-nine families living in Easton, and part of the original settlement had split into Norton.
After incorporation in 1725, Easton became a more industrialized town, especially during the time of the Revolutionary war. Perry’s Furnace produced cannons for the army and muskets were made at the Quaker Leonard’s Forge, which also produced some of the first steel in the nation. Residents of Easton also made up two militias that served in the war. After the war, the Ames family, one of the most important in Easton history, opened a shovel manufacturing company.
In 1803, a lifelong Easton resident Oliver Ames moved the company to Easton, where it would remain in business until 1952. Over the course of the life of the business, it was known for its high-quality products, that were issued to Army members from the Civil War until the Korean War, and for the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad which allowed for trade between the East and the West coasts of the nation.
A couple interesting facts about Easton are that it is home to the last working ice house in New England, Easton is also home to the world’s only bull cemetery.
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
One of the most popular locations in Easton is the Borderland State Park. Originally purchased by relatives of the founder of Ames Shovel Company, it has since been turned into a National Park, where locals can enjoy many outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding, fishing canoeing and in the winter, sledding and skating. The town also has a Historic Landmark Section where, the founder of Ames Shovel Company funded five buildings which were built by H.H. Richardson, the architect of the Trinity Church in Boston. These buildings include The Ames Free Library, Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, The Old Colony Railroad Station and The Ames Gate Lodge.
Famous People from Easton
Metacom was Chief of the Wampanoag Tribe during King Philip’s War. Also known by the names Metacomet, and King Philip, he led his native army against the original settlers of New England. Metacom spent time in Easton during the war as evidenced by campsites in the town.
Mike Vrabel former NFL player spent most of his fourteen seasons with the New England Patriots. While only winning one All-Star award, he accumulated three Super Bowl championships and was a member of Sports Illustrated’s All-Decade team from 2000-2009. Vrabel lived in Easton during his time playing for the Patriots.
The Ames family, including Oliver Jr., Oakes and Oliver who are the most famous. Oliver Jr. is most famous for being the President for the Union Pacific Railroad at the time of its completion in the first transcontinental railroad in the nation, and also served in the Massachusetts State Senate from 1852-1857. Oakes Ames was the brother of Oliver Jr. and was his business partner. He also served as a member of the United Sates House of Representatives from 1863-1873. Oliver Ames was the son of Oakes and nephew of Oliver Jr. also went on to have a successful career and became the thirty-fifth Governor of Massachusetts.