Mission Statement



Adopted by unanimous vote March 31, 2015

In accordance with Massachusetts State Law Chapter 40, Section 8D, the Dighton Historical Commission identifies, protects and preserves the historical heritage and resources of the Town of Dighton. To accomplish this mission, the Commission shall perform, but is not limited to, the following:

• Identify, compile, and maintain an inventory of the town’s historical, archaeological, architectural and literary assets, according to the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s guidelines. The Commission is authorized to conduct searches and surveys and to make recommendations concerning establishment of architectural, archaeological or historical landmarks, and literary items of historical significance;

• Identify resources for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places;

• Encourage community awareness of and promote interest in Dighton’s historical heritage and its relevance to Dighton’s present and future; and educate the community about preservation issues and how preservation can positively affect the town’s economic development and property values;

• Document significant events for posterity;

• Advocate thoughtful, preservation-minded planning and development in keeping with the character and history of the town and be an active participant in the town planning process;

• Advise and work with Town boards, committees, departments and administration in all matters relating to historic preservation, including any alteration, destruction, or relocation of historical assets, particularly those in the Town’s two designated Historic Districts, the Wharfs District and the Thomas Coram Shipping District, and in all matters pertaining to the proposed destruction or relocation of historical assets outside the Historic Districts in accordance with Dighton General Bylaw, Article XXXI, Demolition Delay Bylaw.