The 5th Bristol House Legislative District
The Fifth Bristol House Legislative District includes the towns of Dighton
and Somerset, voting precincts 1, 2 and 3 in the town of Swansea and
ward 6 in the city of Taunton.
The district is located along Massachusetts’ South Coast and runs mainly
North-South bounded by the Taunton River. Starting in Taunton’s Weir
Village Neighborhood, it meanders South along Dighton and Somerset’s
18th Century ship building waterfronts, to Brayton’s Point and
Swansea’s Gardner’s Neck which juts into Mount Hope Bay. The district
ends at the seaside village of Ocean Grove, close to the Rhode Island state
The Fifth Bristol District includes historic Somerset and Swansea
Villages, Taunton’s Weir Village, original home to one of America’s
oldest silver factories , Sweet’s Knoll State Park and a number of ponds,
streams and brooks. The district includes the Taunton, Segregansett,
Three Mile, Lees and Cole’s Rivers.
The Northwestern portion of the district is predominantly rural and
agrarian while the Southern portion is more suburban. The district is
home to the Commonwealth’s first agricultural school,
Bristol County Agricultural High School and the state’s
oldest Quaker Meeting House.