Rochester Historical Society Membership Drive

The Rochester Historical Society is always happy to welcome new members. We welcome anyone who is interested in history and we are not limited to Rochester residents. Our active season runs from April through December. Our regular monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at our museum at 355 County Road […] Read more »

The Stillness Within

Listen, listen Dear, within yourself. Listen to the stillness. Listen to the peace and quiet. No more hurry, No more worry, No more stress, No more strain. Know that you are loved and lovable, No matter what you have done. Find the love that is your essence and your heritage. The love of God, That […] Read more »

From the Files of the Rochester Historical Society

            Rochester is a pretty watery place (particularly these last few weeks) with its ponds, brooks and streams. A lot of the water is near the surface and two-acre zoning was put in place, in part to conserve the water that fills most residents’ wells. However, due to past agreements and the separations that created […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Library Artist Series

The Mattapoisett Free Public Library Artist Series presents an exhibit from February 15 – March 14 called Photography by John Oldham: From the Streets of Boston to the Cannons of Fort Phoenix. Local resident Oldham is a History Teacher at Old Colony Regional Vocational High School in Rochester. He has been taking photos and learning […] Read more »

MAC Playwrights Incubator Program

The MAC Theater Playwrights Incubator is a program for first-time playwrights to see their work realized on the stage. Finding theaters to produce new or unpublished plays can be an obstacle for any new playwright. The MTPI is a structured program that aims to discover and support, through workshop and production, new stage plays by […] Read more »


Friendship is a beautiful word. It conjures up pictures of friends we have known And friends we have lost. A friend is someone you care for And who cares for you. A loyal companion, a confidant, One you can count on when things go wrong And one to celebrate with when things go right. A […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Harbor Bills

Mattapoisett harbor invoices for the upcoming 2023 season were mailed in November. The due date on these invoices is January 30. Harbor customers would have received their invoices online if an email address is on file. If not, hard copy bills were printed and mailed. This is a friendly reminder to pay your invoice(s) as […] Read more »

Nolan Gibbons Memorial Fund Scholarship

The Nolan Gibbons Memorial Fund (NGMF) has opened multiple scholarship and grant applications for talented young people. There are three primary opportunities:             – Music Mastermind – 3-month virtual Artist Development Program worth $8,000             – Musical Theatre Mastermind – 3-month virtual Artist Development Program worth $8,000             – General Arts Grant to cover anything […] Read more »

From the Files of the Rochester Historical Society

The inspiration for the “celebration” piece of our 2022-2023 museum exhibit, “Maps, Signs and Celebrations Part!” is the large sign pictured with this article. I first saw this sign a year or two ago in the barn at the Hartley-Rhodes cranberry bog. The sign evokes Rochester’s history which has been celebrated many times since it […] Read more »

Marion to Remove Spruce Tree between Library and Sippican School

Interim Town Administrator Judith Mooney and Tree and Park Committee Chairperson Margie Baldwin wish to inform the community that the town will remove a large spruce tree near the Elizabeth Taber Library next week due to safety concerns.             Work to remove the tree is expected to begin on Monday, January 30.             The tree […] Read more »