The Consolidation of Westport Schools

The following paper was written by Peter Innes following his internship at Westport Historical Society, during the spring semester 2009.  During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, tremendous change occurred within the Westport Public School system. This change occurred gradually and not without opposition, but ultimately was the result of not only a better […]

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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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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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How Westport Became a Town (1787)

By Tony Connors Most sources describing Westport’s split from Dartmouth say something like: “In 1787 Westport separated from Dartmouth and was incorporated as an independent town.” That’s it! But we know that it must have been more difficult than that. Separations are always contentious, involving negotiations, accusations, winners and losers. While this makes the story […]

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Recent Archaeological Excavations at the Waite-Kirby-Potter Site

This article was written by Christa M. Beranek and Katharine M. Johnson Fiske Center for Archaeological Research, University of Massachusetts Boston This project was paid for by Community Preservation Act Funds from the Town of Westport. Collected artifacts are property of the Town of Westport, donated by Muriel Bibeau, property owner. Introduction The Waite-Kirby-Potter House […]

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Kit Houses of Westport

In the early 20th century seven major companies were engaged in the production and sales of “kit homes.” Sears Roebuck and Company was one of the best known.   While potential home owners could buy almost everything they needed to build a house—down to the blueprints–from a Sears Catalogue as early as 1908, it was not […]

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