Mission of the Holy Spirit

For a history of the Mission and its doctrines, one should consult the fine:  http://site.ifrance.com/mission.  The Mission was located on Great Island in the West Branch of the Westport river in the 1920’s, but one of its members ran into trouble with the law, and the Mission abandoned the area.  Because of the public interest […]

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Tannery account book 1769-1777

Account book details tannery activities, approximate dates 1769-1777 Calf skins, hides, leather, bark, horse skins, dog skins, sheep skins. Includes a list of initials used to identify the owner of the skins. Accession 2018.009 To view larger images, click once on image.  

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Herb Hadfield

Herb Hadfield 1928 – 1989 “I’m going to turn around 180 degrees and take a big step forward. I’m building a log cabin in the woods and I’m not going to have any electricity, no telephone. I’m going to try to do it myself, and if I succeed in some of these areas, I can […]

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Wampanoag Families of Westport by R. Andrew Pierce

Native Americans of Dartmouth and Westport A Presentation by R. Andrew Pierce Westport Historical Society January 13, 2018 Select Bibliography Akin, Benjamin of Dartmouth, Mass. Account Book. Ms 204, Dubois Library, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass. Boston Evening Post, 26 May 1738, story about Dartmouth squaw killing her infant daughter, she was committed to Bristol […]

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Captain Pardon Cook of Westport

The best-known citizen of Westport is Paul Cuffe, a master mariner with African and Indian roots who rose to prominence as a captain, ship-builder, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and advocate for civil rights and school integration. Less well known is Pardon Cook, also an accomplished master mariner from Westport, who commanded more whaling voyages than any other […]

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Now and Then at Hix Bridge

The recent Now picture was taken at the top of the boat ramp at Hix Bridge. You will note the house on the right in the background on Drift Rd appears in both the Then and Now photos. The cape to the south of the first house in the Then photo is blocked by trees […]

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