Thanks so much for the great response to this blog!
A special thank you to those who have passed it on to others. We are heading quickly to amazing page visits to this blog! Welcome to folks from all over the country and other countries as well, including Lisbon!!

The "Village", as it was called, is located in the northwest corner of the city of Taunton, Massachusetts U.S.A. It covers about 1 square mile with the center being School Street. A large portion of the Village population was Portuguese when I was growing up.

This blog covers a lot of the history of the Village, much to do with my years as a child there: 1940 through the late 1950's. I do have many wonderful photos and information prior to that that and will share those as well. Always looking for MORE PHOTOS AND MORE STORIES TO TELL.

If you would like to send photos or share a memory of growing up in the Village
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feel free to comment on the posts. Directions are on the right side of the blog posts. Jump in, the water is fine and it is easy!!!

I will be posting photographs but not identifying individuals unless I have permission or they are a matter of public record. It you wish to give me permission, please let me know.

I am looking for any and all photos of the Village...

Please note: the way blogs work is that the latest post is first. It you would like to start from the beginning of the blog, check out the post labels on the right of the blog and go from there. Thanks.

Thursday, June 19, 2014


The post on Taunton State Hospital met with an incredible response.  If you go to I'm From Taunton Facebook page where I announce each post, you will see 33 comments and 23 links so far. That does not count the comments made on the post itself here on the blog. Many of those who grew up in Taunton, including the Village, were familiar with the hospital, even if passing by or hearing the stories.
They or their parents may have worked there.

These photos have been taken from Keep Taunton State Hospital Open! a Facebook page.  There is much information there if you want to read more, especially about legislative efforts.

One of the I'm From Taunton Facebook a reader informed us that today there are 45 beds at the hospital and there will perhaps be more.  A sure reflection of the need for mental health inpatient care.  I am including here articles from 2013 and this year which tells us about the status of the hospital today.

This post has been a learning experience for me and it appears for readers.  Your willingness to share is very much appreciated.

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