The story of Simpson Spring began before the first European colonists arrived in the New World.
The Assowompset Indians, a tribe that flourished in the area southeast of Boston in the 16th and 17th centuries, used the natural bubbling spring as a water source.
Believing that the spring had medicinal powers and needing a water source of their own, the early colonists eagerly followed the Native Americans to the area around 1694.
One of the settlers, William Hayward, built his home near the spring and his son lived there for 79 years.
In the late 1700’s the Hayward homestead burned and was abandoned. The property then became known as Cynthia Park and the spring provided water to the park’s visitors. In the early 1830’s Samuel Simpson, a local blacksmith, acquired the land and the spring became known as Simpson’s Spring.
In 1878 Simpson's grandson-in-law, Frederick A. Howard, persuaded Simpson to sell him five acres near the site of the bubbling spring. Realizing the commercial value of the pure spring water, Howard began wagon deliveries of his “miracle water” in stone jugs to workers in the nearby Brockton shoe factories.
At that time, carbonated beverages – soda water and flavored soda water -- began to grow in popularity in the US.
Fred Howard seized the opportunity to make carbonated beverages with his pure spring water and the business sprang to life. During Prohibition his soda was a much sought-after commodity. One particular flavor -- coffee soda -- so intrigued R.H. Macy that the specialty soda was made specifically for the Manhattan department store icon and sent by train to Grand Central Station from 1935-1941. The quotas on sugar and coffee during World War II inhibited that effort and shipment did not resume until late 1947.
Today the Simpson Spring Company is one of the oldest independent bottling plants in the United States, providing pure bottled spring water and all-natural, hand-mixed soda in a variety of classic favors, including White Birch, Fruit Punch, Lemon & Lime and Sarsaparilla.
The company sets itself apart by its commitment to quality and tradition, bottling all its products on site from one pure source: Simpson’s Spring.
Really unique spot! One of America's oldest springs and bottling plants. I actually didn't try their plain water but their sodas were delicious. They have all kinds of flavors that are naturally derived. They only use those flavors along with cane sugar and their own spring water. I went on a Saturday when they typically have farmer's markets with all kinds of delicious locally made foods, as well as decor items, local soaps etc. I highly recommend coming to this place and doing the tour if you can. It's short but very informative and they let you touch all kinds of historical objects. What amazed me is that the process is pretty much unchanged since when they first started!
This is a wonderful business the staff is literally tripping over themselves trying to help you and they couldn't have been nicer. You'll find nothing here but the highest quality products!
Very lovely place. They will make you feel right at home. Always someone to talk to here. Great water. Very handsome barista.
It’s so nice to support such a great small business that’s family owned! The water taste better than anything I’ve ever had. Why would you not want to drink something natural from the spring? If I’m ever in a jam and I need to get another water on the go I can barely drink it. Especially knowing all the things those other companies add to that water. This water is natural from the springs with nothing added or taken away!They have so many cool unique items down here and such a great selection of locally sourced food. If you haven’t checked them out already then you’re missing out!
Awesome place. Many things too see and lots of gifts and handmade wears to purchase.