Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Swansea, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Swansea.
Swansea Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Swansea was ranked 53rd in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 declining from 58th in 2012. However, it was 118th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 69th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Swansea
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Swansea 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.
Swansea was named for Swansea, Wales which had been the hometown of some original settlers. William Brenton had purchased the land from Native Americans. In 1667 the first Baptist church in Massachusetts relocated to Swansea from Rehoboth, Massachusetts after its members were subjected to religious intolerance there.
On October 30, 1667, Pastor John Myles, Captain Thomas Willett, and their neighbors petitioned the Court at Plymouth to establish a town. It was named Swansea. A suburban/rural community, the town was founded around the idea of religious tolerance for all.
However, Swansea 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. By June 25, 1675, the entire town had been burned, although a handful of the colonists escaped to Taunton. When the active war ended in 1676, the town was soon rebuilt.
What Swansea Is Known for…
The town gained national attention in 1985 when Mark Hoyle, a young hemophiliac who had contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion, was allowed to attend public schools. It was the first time in the U.S. that a student known to have the disease was allowed to enter public schools. The case helped many children with HIV attend schools throughout the country. Hoyle died one year later, and a new elementary school was named in his honor.
Listing of Swansea Favorites
Venus DE MILO, 75 G A R Hwy, Swansea, MA 02777
Thai Taste, 544 Milford Rd., Ste 1, Swansea, MA 02777
Kent’s Restaurant, 1675 G A R Hwy, Swansea, MA 02777
Unwined A Wine Bistro, 262 Swansea Mall Dr., Swansea, MA 02777
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
Village Park features several unusual rock formations (aka “pudding-stones”) with names like Wildcat Rock and Lion Rock some can be ridden but are easier to hike. The Village Park Trails are frequented by hikers, dog walkers, runners, and bikers alike. All trails are maintained throughout the year and are generally in excellent condition.
Abram’s Rock, which is within Village Park, is located behind the Joseph Case Jr. High School. Legend has it that Abram’s Rock was named for an Indian who had deserted his tribe and went to the Swansea settlement to make his living in peace.
Simcock Farms at 361 Marvel St. offers animals, an ice cream stand, and year round hayrides and activities as well as fresh vegetables.
Stony Creek Farm at 1210 Wilbur Ave. is a family operated horse stable where horses live in harmony with other creatures. Stony Creek Farm offers riding lessons, pony parties, summer riding program, and horse boarding.
Famous People from Swansea
Warren A. Cole (1889-1968), founder of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, was born in Swansea.
Oliver Chace (1769-1882), the founder of what became known as Berkshire Hathaway, was also born in Swansea.
Thomas Willett (1610-1674) settled in Swansea. Originally from England, he became the first mayor of New York City. Willett served as mayor for two years, and in 1667 returned to his home in Swansea, Mass., where he died seven years later.