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.
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