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Wareham, Massachusetts, USA - The Water Front, Swifts Beach, Wareham, Mass.

Wareham, Plymouth, MA

Wareham was first settled in 1678 by Europeans as part of the towns of Plymouth and Rochester. It was officially incorporated in 1739 and named after the town of Wareham in England.

Wareham includes: Agawam, Barney's Point, Center Village, Kenney Mills, Oakdale, Onset, Parker's Mills, Parkwood Beach, Parlowtown, Pinehurst Beach, Point Independence, Swifts Beach, Tempest Knob Station, Tigonet, Tremont, and Yellow Town. mass_lookup.htm

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The Water Front, Swifts Beach, Wareham, Mass.
Wareham, Massachusetts, USA

The Water Front, Swifts Beach, Wareham, Mass.
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Wareham, Massachusetts, USA

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1839 - Wareham
Wareham, Massachusetts
Plymouth county. The surface of this town is generally level, with a light, sandy soil, not very productive. It is favorably situated for manufacturing purposes, being watered by two fine mill streams, and for ship building, the fishery, and foreign and domestic commerce, having a number of good harbors at the head of Buzzard's bay.

Wareham lies 50 miles S.S.E. from Boston, 16 S. from Plymouth, and 15 E.N.E. from New Bedford. It was incorporated in 1739. Population, 1830, 1,885; 1837, 2,166.

There are in this town six nail factories, six air and cupola furnaces, two rolling mills, 2 cotton mills, a paper mill, and manufactures of vessels, salt, nail casks, chairs, cabinet ware, leather, boots, shoes, &c.: the total value of these manufactures, the year ending April 1, 1837, was $1,260,637. The number of hands employed in these manufactures was 682. One whale ship, of 374 tons, belongs to this place: the cargo of oil, in 1837, amounted to $78,286.

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1845 - WAREHAM. [Pop. 2,002. Inc. 1739.]
Wareham was called Agawam by the Indians, which name seems to have been common to several places, and meant 'A place of resort for migratory fish.'

Its first permanent settlers came from Hingham. It belonged to Plymouth until it was incorporated.

Wareham has a good harbor at the head of Buzzard's Bay, and the British attempted to burn the village in 1814.

Its commerce is considerable, its water privileges good, and its chief manufactures are nails, and other articles of iron.

Distance from Plymouth, 16 miles; from Boston, 50.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1854 - Wareham
Wareham, a post-village in Plymouth co., Massachusetts, on the Cape Cod Branch rail road, 40 miles S. E. by 8. from Boston. Contains 1 bank and the Tremont ironworks. Population of the township, 3186.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
Wareham Massachusetts, 1890
Wareham is a large town in the southerly part of Plymouth County, at the head of Buzzard's Bay, and 50 miles southeast of Boston. The Cape Cod Division of the Old Colony Railroad enters the town at the northwest, sends the Fairhaven Branch from Tremont (West Wareham post-office) southward, then swerves to the southeast; the other stations being South Wareham, Wareham (centre and chief village), East Wareham, Onset and Buzzard's Bay. These — excepting the last — are post offices. The other villages are Agawam, Onset Bay and Tihonet.

The boundaries are Carver and Plymouth on the north, the latter, with Bourne (separated by Buttermilk Bay), on the east, Buzzard's Bay on the south, and Marion and Rochester on the west, with Middleborough at the northwest corner. Several harbors, coves, creeks and inlets run far up into the town from the bay, forming many points and peninsulas, and giving a remarkably circuitous shore line. The assessed area is 18,550 acres. There are 4,307 acres of... Read MORE...

1895 - Wareham
Ware'ham, a post-village in Wareham township, Plymouth co., Mass, on Buzzard's Bay, and on the Old Colony Railroad, 49 miles S.S.E. of Boston, and about 16 miles N.E. of New Bedford. It has 2 or 3 churches, a national bank, a savings-bank, a newspaper office, and manufactures of nails, brass, &c. Pop. of the township, 2874.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Wareham, a banking post-village in Wareham town ship (town), Plymouth co., Mass., on Buzzard's Bay and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 49 miles SSE. of Boston. Pop. of the town in 1900, 3482.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Wareham:
Onset Beach:

Relax on the sandy shores of Onset Beach.
Enjoy water activities like swimming and kayaking.

Water Wizz:

Visit this popular water park for a day of family fun with slides and pools.

Shell Point Beach:

Another beautiful beach area to explore and enjoy the coastal scenery.

Cranberry Highway:

Drive along the historic Cranberry Highway, known for its scenic views and cranberry bogs.

Cape Cod Canal:

Walk or bike along the Cape Cod Canal for stunning views of the water and passing boats.

Agawam Cranberry Company:

Learn about cranberry farming and visit this working bog.

Wareham Gatemen Baseball:

Catch a game of the Wareham Gatemen, a collegiate summer baseball team.

Tihonet Village Market:

Explore this charming market for local goods and fresh produce.

Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary:

Take a hike through this nature sanctuary for bird watching and peaceful walks.

Dudley L. Brown Veterans Memorial Park:

Honor veterans at...

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