From the Files of the Rochester Historical Society

As we celebrate a Thanksgiving unlike any in most of our lifetimes, we can take a break from 2020 and go back in time to 1974. That year, Rochester’s First Congregational Church had a special pre-Thanksgiving service. The service, a pageant portraying the first Thanksgiving between the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag neighbors, was planned by […] Read more »

Sippican Historical Society

Marion (Old Rochester) is one of the oldest towns in the United States, and the Sippican Historical Society maintains an extensive collection of documentation on its historic buildings. In 1998, the Sippican Historical Society commissioned an architectural survey of Marion’s historic homes and buildings. Over 100 were cataloged and photographed. SHS will feature one building […] Read more »

Sippican Woman’s Club

The Sippican Woman’s Club has had a Holiday House Tour since 1984. The House Tour is the primary source of revenue for the yearly scholarships given to Marion students. However, this year due to the pandemic, there will be no House Tour. We thought we could celebrate Christmas and our past club members by sharing […] Read more »

Rochester Items for Sale by Rochester Historical Society

Contrary to what you may have been reading, it has always been possible to buy Rochester items in Rochester. While the Historical Society has been less visible this year due to the pandemic, we still have our many items for sale at the Museum at 355 County Road. As always, we have books on Rochester […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Land Trust Story Walks

Just in Time for you, your family, and friends to explore during the Holidays! The Mattapoisett Land Trust Education Committee, in collaboration with the Mattapoisett Library and the ORRHS Community Service Learning students, teachers, and parents, has installed two new, very stimulating story walks.             You will find them on the Dunseith Property off Route […] Read more »

Sippican Women’s Club

The Sippican Woman’s Club has held a Holiday House Tour since 1984. However, there will be no tour this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. We thought we would celebrate Christmas and past club members by sharing their Christmas cookie recipes every week until Christmas.             Ruth Robinson was President of the Sippican Woman’s Club […] Read more »

Lamoureux Honored on Veteran’s Day

The bells at Center School chimed 21 times in honor of Veterans’ past and present on November 11 at 11:00 am. On the grounds of the Mattapoisett Library, members of the Florence Eastman American Legion Post 280 led by Commander Rachel Perron, gathered for a brief ceremony to recognize retired Legion Commander Micheal Lamoureux, who […] Read more »

From the Files of the Rochester Historical Society

As we all know, Rochester is an old town with lots of history.  Some of that history lives on in rocks and boulders throughout the area. Previously, we have mentioned both Witch’s and Devil’s rocks. Further back in the woods is another rock with a connection to the Native Americans who lived here. It is […] Read more »

Marion Town Offices

Due to the increase of COVID-19 in our community and for the protection of our employees and residents that conduct business with them, Marion Town Offices will be open by appointment only beginning Monday, November 16, 2020, until further notice.             To make an appointment, please contact the appropriate department listed below: Accounts Payable 508-748-3523 […] Read more »

Marion Historical Commission

The Marion Historical Commission is pleased to announce that Claire Dempsey has been selected to begin the task of updating the Marion Village Historic Survey. Work will begin shortly to expand and update the Inventory of Historic Assets initially completed in 1998, in order to make it more accessible, more easily usable, and fully compliant […] Read more »