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ROCHESTER

The Town of Rochester, Massachusetts was first settled shortly after the Pilgrims landed at nearby Plymouth Rock in 1638. It was named for Rochester, England, from where many of its first settlers came. It was later founded in 1679 and formally incorporated as a town on June 4, 1686. At that time the large township included the adjacent seaside communities of Mattapoisett and Marion, along with portions of present-day Wareham.

After losing its coastal industries when Mattapoisett and Marion broke off in the 1800s, Rochester turned its attention to logging and farming, and the rural community still retains some of the farms that began over 300 years ago. Like many farming communities in southern Massachusetts, one of its most popular crops is the cranberry. But there are also some remaining livestock farms including pigs and horses, an example of the latter being the sprawling East Over Farm which is now a conservation reserve.

A large, land-locked community, Rochester boasts an area of 36.39 square miles and directly borders seven adjacent towns include Lakeville and Middleboro on the north; Wareham and Marion on the east; Mattapoisett on the south; and Acushnet and Freetown on the west. Among its many historic landmarks at the centrally-located Town Hall, First Congregational Church, Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library, and several burial grounds with gravestones dating back to 1707.

Upcoming Town Meeting, Election Dates, and Events

Past Town Meeting and Election Results

Rochester Special Town Meeting
October 20, 2014

Rochester Special & Annual Town Meeting
May 19, 2014

Rochester Annual Election
April 9, 2014

Rochester Special Town Meeting
November 25, 2013

Special State Election for U.S. Senate
June 25, 2013

Rochester Special & Annual Town Meeting
May 20, 2013

Special State Primamry
April 30, 2013

Rochester Annual Election
April 10, 2013

Presidential & State Election
November 6, 2012

Rochester Special Town Meeting
October 22, 2012

State Primamry
September 6, 2012

Rochester Annual Town Meeting
May 21, 2012

Rochester Annual Election
April 11, 2012

Presidential Primary Election Ballot
March 6, 2012

Rochester Annual Town Meeting
May 23, 2011

Rochester Special Town Meeting
May 23, 2011

Rochester Annual Election
April 13, 2011

Mid-Term Elections
November 2, 2010

State Primamry
September 14, 2010

Rochester Annual Town Meeting
May 17, 2010

Rochester Annual Election
April 14, 2010

Special State Election
January 19, 2010

Massachusetts State Primary
December 8, 2009

Special Town Election
October 31, 2009

Special Town Meeting
October 26, 2009

Rochester Annual Town Meeting
May 18, 2009

Rochester Annual Election
April 8, 2009

Presidentail Election
November 4, 2008

Rochester Special Town Meeting
October 20, 2008

Massachusetts State Primary
September 16, 20068

Rochester Annual Town Meeting
June 2, 2008

Rochester Annual Election
April 9, 2008

Presidential Primary Election Results
February 5, 2008

Rochester Special Town Meeting
October 29, 2007

Rochester Special Town Meeting
June 4, 2007

Rochester Annual Town Meeting
June 4, 2007

Rochester Annual Election
April 11, 2007

Massachusetts State Election
November 7, 2006

Rochester Special Town Meeting
October 30, 2006

Rochester Special Election
June 14, 2006

Rochester Annual Town Meeting
June 5, 2006

Rochester Annual Election
April 12, 2006