Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas The Town of Dighton was deeded as a town in 1672 and incorporated on May 20, 1712; and

Whereas The Town was named in honor of Frances Dighton Williams, wife of Richard Williams, a town elder; and

Whereas At the time of incorporation, the town included land on both sides of the Taunton River, including the land of Assonet Neck, which includes Dighton Rock, a rock noted for its petroglyphs and carved designs of ancient and uncertain origins; and

Whereas Settlers in the town of Dighton worked in various field such as manufacturing, cotton mills, clock making, strawberry growing, herring fishing, silk industry, iron factories, and farming; and

Whereas Though many of the industries are no longer present, today Dighton remains a mostly rural suburban community with small farms; and

Whereas It is appropriate that the citizens of the Commonwealth recognize the town of Dighton’s tri-centennial celebration,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim January 4th, 2012, to be

DIGHTON DAY

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this third day of January, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
              
By His Excellency                   

Deval L. Patrick                     
Governor of the Commonwealth
      

William Francis Galvin       
Secretary of the Commonwealth
     

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts