The Town of Townsend was built in 1864.
The Town was named Townsend in honor of the man who drove the first spike in the railroad here.
Townsend has 95 plus miles of Town Roads, and the old railroad right of way is now part of the Oconto County Recreation Trail. With more than twenty lakes in the Town of Townsend as well as the McCaslin Brook the area offers summer time fishing. During the winter snowmobiling takes over with numerous trails in the area.