Then and Now Family Day

Baby Boomers to Gen Z July 13, 2019 10 AM – 4 PM Handy House 202 Hix Bridge Road, Westport FREE! Do you remember rotary phones, typewriters and Jiffy Pop? Join us at the Handy House with your grandchildren, younger friends, or family members for a special day of activities designed to encourage sharing and […]

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The Macomber Family of Central Village

Westport Historical Society Collection 2000.205.001 The Macomber Family of Central Village Hand Written By Marianna Macomber Typed By Margaret (Macomber) Douglas in 1970 (Miss. Marianna Macomber Passed Away in the 1960’s) FACTS, HEARSAY AND MEMORIES It is quite possible that nobody will care to read what I am writing, but yet it may be of […]

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Westport in 1962

Penny and Alton Hadfield Collection WHS 2019.024 We recently received a collection of 178 photographs of Westport scenes taken in 1962. The collection was created by Penny Hadfield as part of a graduate course on urban/suburban growth and development in the Geography Department of Boston University. “I had to take the bus down from Boston […]

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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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