The Powder House, Head of Westport

The powder house was built c. 1812 by a town military brigade called into existence by the War of 1812. It was probably used as a “magazine” rather than a powder house, housing “home guard” stores of shot. Its first site was on the lot where 51 Drift Road now sits. Later it moved behind […]

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Ruby Devol Finch: Westport’s Folk Artist

Westport’s Ruby Devol Finch (1804 – 1866) is considered to be “one of the most uniquely creative female American folk artists of her time” (Donald R. Walters, “Ruby Devol Finch, Recent Discoveries,” Antiques and Fine Art Magazine 2012). However, with only 15 known works, it is not surprising that she remains somewhat obscure. Yet her […]

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Voices from the Past

Voices, some of which have not been heard for many decades, will once again come to life! A project to preserve and provide access to interviews conducted in 1976 is moving forward with assistance from a Community Preservation Act grant. During Westport’s Bicentennial celebrations in 1976, oral histories were obtained from numerous residents. Many of […]

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WESTPORT POLISH FARM FAMILIES 1915 TO 1950

Research compiled by Russell T. Hart   Polish Families of Westport, Massachusetts from Westport Historical Society on Vimeo. Polish Families of Westport, Massachusetts research by Russell Hart, presented at the Westport History Group, 2008 The history of the Polish families in Westport is a subject that should be recorded for the future generations of Westport.  […]

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