Early Schooldays in Westport

Interviews conducted in 1987 by Lorraine C. Roy and students from Westport Middle School.   REBECCA TURNER INTERVIEWS MARION SHERMAN BORN 1895 OLD-FASHIONED SCHOOL DAYS On Wednesday, July 13, 1988, I interviewed Mrs. Marion Sherman, 92 years old.  The main purpose of my interview was to find out what schooling was like when she was […]

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THE HANDY HOUSE HALLOWEEN TRAIL

IT’S A SPOOKY TIME ON THE HANDY HOUSE HALLOWEEN TRAIL! For the month of October, the new Handy House Heritage Trail is transformed into a fun Halloween trail. Young visitors will enjoy the Halloween themed scavenger hunt, locating the mysterious ravens that dwell in the woods. Friendly ghosts and ghouls will keep an eye on […]

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Descendants of Zip White

Research by Betty Slade and Richard Gifford  Generation 1 ZIP1WHITE was born in He married Elizabeth David, daughter of Unknown David, on 02 Feb 1765 in Dartmouth, Ma.. She was born about 1730 in Dartmouth. She died on 06 Jun 1827 in Westport, Ma..   Notes for Zip White:   Research Notes: Zip White is […]

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An Historic Sketch of Coxet and the Richmond Family by Henry B. Worth

This study of the early history of  the Westport Harbor / Acoaxet region of Westport, bordering Little Compton was written in 1907 by local historian Henry B. Worth. It includes information about: “Isaac Alderman” a Native American preacher Daniel Wilcox Native Americans: Jonotus and Sue Codimonk, Sam Pacachus Sylvester Richmond Asa Howland Places: Stephen’s Neck […]

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North Westport School

Westport Schools District 17 North Westport North Westport school was originally located on the south side of Old Bedford Road where the grange hall stands. It was moved to the north side, converted to a home at 348 Old Bedford Road. In 1861 the School Committee noted that Abbie S. Sherman, a first-time teacher, did […]

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Paul Cuffe, a Brief Biography

Please visit www.PaulCuffe.org to learn more   Paul Cuffe was born on Cuttyhunk Island, at the west end of the Elizabeth Islands chain in Massachusetts, on January 17, 1759. He was the seventh child and fourth son of Cuff Slocum, an emancipated slave from West Africa, and Ruth Moses, a Native American woman from Cape […]

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Native Americans in 19th-century Westport

“Like the fleeting years and days, Like all things that soon decay, Pass the Indian tribes away.”  (Daniel Ricketson, History of New Bedford, 1858) This lamentation was written by Daniel Ricketson, local historian, in 1858. Was Ricketson unaware of the many Native Americans living at the time in Dartmouth, whose ancestors had survived war and […]

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