The Assonet River is 7.4 miles; it flows in a westerly direction through Freetown and joins the Taunton River near Assonet Neck in Berkley, Massachusetts.
Throughout the history of colonial and early America, the river and its tributaries provided the power to run grist mills and saw mills, and later the Crystal Springs Bleachery. It provided for a minor port, and is also a prime location for herring runs.
During the 18th century, the river played a part in the American Revolutionary War. British ships travel led both it and the Taunton River when fighting in the colonies. Such attacks led to the Battle of Freetown, as well as the burning of river-centered village centers.
Today, its used for recreational purposes like fishing, kayaking, canoeing and other paddle sports.