Sherman Collection: A North Westport treasure trove of history

After crisscrossing the country from Westport to Alaska and back again, an extraordinary collection of materials relating to the history of North Westport has arrived at the Westport Historical Society. The Sherman family collection includes deeds, correspondence, photographs, maps, and journals that will significantly enrich our understanding of the far northern parts of Westport in […]

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Jessie Luther: Artist, Teacher, Pioneer  

Written by Jenny O’Neill, Executive Director, Westport Historical Society 2022   What is the significance of this handwoven mat made in Newfoundland to the history of Westport? Named after Sir Wilfred Grenfell, a British doctor known for his humanitarian work among the fishermen of northern Newfoundland and Labrador, these Grenfell hooked mats have become prominent […]

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Westport Town Farm Photo Gallery

Westport Town Farm 830 Drift Road, Westport MA Photography by David Allen, 2008  “From the buildings themselves to what artifacts may be left behind, there is a sense of lives lived. Narratives are suggested and the ephemeral nature of life and death is felt. These incremental photographic slices seek to explore the fluid, always changing […]

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George Sisson Civil War letters

We share a recent discovery of letters written by George F. Sisson during his service as a private in the 3rd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. For towns in Northern states such as Westport, the impact of the Civil War was felt most keenly through the personal experiences of soldiers and the human cost of lives […]

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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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A Westporter at the Panama Canal

From our intern Mark Allen The Panama Canal is one of the greatest achievements in American ingenuity, and serves as the perfect symbol of an entire era of our politics. Despite the moral quandaries one might have with how we procured the land (starting a revolution in a sovereign nation and all), the Panama Canal […]

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John S. Babcock Miniature Furniture Collection

I suspect that many Westporters have in their possession a piece of John Babcock’s miniature furniture. Such pieces may be considered dollhouse furniture, but the level of craftsmanship elevates his work to something more than just toys for child’s play. Fortunately, the Westport Historical Society has a representative sample of this miniature furniture. Made by […]

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