The early days of historic Plymouth County, MA, and its various towns and townships, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 70 Page Booklet, reprinted primarily from two hard-to-find books: the 1839 edition of Historical Collections of Massachusetts by John Warner Barber, and Massachusetts, a Guide to its Places and People, a WPA project. The spiral-bound booklet is printed on 60# paper, with the print enlarged for easier reading. A sheet of clear vinyl has been added to protect the front cover. INSERTED IN THE BOOKLET is a color copy of the 1839 Map of Massachusetts. Originally published by Dorr.Howland and Co. to accompanied the Barber book, the reprint could be removed and trimmed for framing, if desired. The communities mentioned include: Abington, Bridgewater, Brockton (formerly North Bridgewater), Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanover, Hanover Center, Hanson, Hingham, Hull, Kingston, Lakeville, Marshfield, Mattapoiset, Middleborough, North Hanson, North Pembroke, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rochester, Sippican, Scituate, Wareham, West Bridgewater and Whitman (South Abington). The Barber history covers the development of this area until about 1839, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glimpse from a 1940 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities Early Settlers, Churches, and Educational Institutions; Shoemaking, Ship Building and other Early Industries; The "cost" of Bridgewater; Contents of Cornerstone of Pilgrim Hall; 1769 Celebration of the Landing of the Pilgrims, including the menu served; Pilgrim Society formed in 1820, celebrating 200th Anniversary of Mayflower Arrival; King Philip's War; Billington Sea, Sacrifice Rocks, Burying Hill; the Fortuitous Escape of an Infant; Two Youngsters Who Scared the British; a Female Revolutionary Solder; Doctrines of the New Jerusalem Church; Major General Benjamin Lincoln bio; Plight of a Poor Pastor; Tombstone Inscriptions; John Alden and Priscilla Mullins; a Controversy over Authority; Sympathy with Shays Rebellion; the McKay Sewing Machine...or How North Bridgeport Shod the Union Army; the Ousting of John Lyman and John Oldham from Plymouth, early Pilgrim Problems, and various other bits of history and trivia.
Plymouth County, MA
Sources: Historical Collections of Massachusetts / Plymouth County History
Authors: John Warner Barber
Original Publication Year: 1840
Original Publisher: Dorr, Howland and Co.
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