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Westport, Massachusetts, USA

Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA

Westport, so named because it was the westernmost port in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was first settled in 1670 as a part of the town of Dartmouth by members of the Sisson family. kids.kiddle.co

Westport includes: Sanford's Bound, Acoaxet, Akins Corner, Berrymans Four Corners, Cadman's Neck, Central Village, Factory Village, Head of Westport, and Horse Neck Beach.


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  • 1670 - Westport is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1787 - Westport is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1845 - WESTPORT. [Pop. 2,820. Inc. 1787.]
    Westport, the western part of the county, lies on an arm of the sea, at the mouth of Buzzard's Bay.

    It was formerly a part of the town of...Read MORE...


  • News 1849 - A fire occurred at Westport, Massachusetts, last night, in which a woman and her children were burnt to death.

    The Sun
    Baltimore, Maryland
    January 4, 1849

  • News 1851 - Among the petitions in the House on Monday, were two by Mr. Fowler, on of B. B. Sisson, C. A. Church, and 204 other citizens of Westport, Massachusetts,
    praying for the repeal of the Fugitive Slave Law, and another of Mrs. Lydia Winslow and 172 other females of the same town, praying for the repeal of ...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Westport
    Westport, a post-township in Bristol co., Massachusetts. 55 miles S. from Boston. The village is situated on both sides of the Acossett river, near...Read MORE...


  • News 1863 - A turtle was found recently on the farm of Wm. Allen, in Westport, Mass., with the initials of Weston Allen, Humphrey Allen, and David Allen, cut on its shell.
    There was one date 171- - the last figure undecipherable - and one of 1787. The same turtle was found on the same farm about twelve years ago.
    The Times-Picayune
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    July 15, 1863

  • News 1864 - A LONG ABSENCE
    Nathaniel Woodell, of Westport, Massachusetts, who mysteriously disappeared in 1816, has returned after an absence of forty seven and a half years...Read MORE...


  • News 1887 - Mare Returns Home
    The valuable gray mare recently sold cheap to a Westport, Mass., farmer by the horse railroad company of Fall River, surprised her former friends by...Read MORE...


  • Westport Massachusetts, 1890
    Westport is a large agricultural town, with some manufactures, forming the southwest corner of Bristol County, adjoining Rhode Island. The extreme...Read MORE...


  • News 1894 - Westport (Mass.) will offer a reward of $10 for each fox killed by an inhabitant of the town.

    The Lowell Sun
    Lowell, Massachusetts
    April 2, 1894

  • 1895 - Westport
    West'port, a post-village in Westport township, Bristol co., Mass., on a small river, 7 miles W. of New Bedford, and 8 miles S.E. of Fall River. It...Read MORE...


  • 1899 - Westport
    Westport. - This was the fourteenth town formed in Bristol county. It was formerly a part of old Dartmouth and was set off and incorporated July 2,...Read MORE...


  • Westport, Massachusetts, USA
    West Wharf - Westport - Point Mass.
  • Westport, Massachusetts, USA
    Head of Westport, Mass.
  • 1906
    Westport, a post-village in Westport township (town), Bristol co., Mass., 7 miles W. of New Bedford. It has manufactures of carpet-warp and batting....Read MORE...


  • News 1909 - Killed His Wife, Then Ended His Life in the Police Station
    Westport, Mass, Man, Crazed by Drink, Used an Old Indian Tomahawk in Murdering Woman
    New Bedford, Mass., July 26. - Waylaying his wife on a lonely...Read MORE...


  • Westport, Massachusetts, USA
    Hixes Bridge, South Westport
  • Westport, Massachusetts, USA
    Remingtons, South Westport
  • Westport, Massachusetts, USA
    Street View, Westport Point, Mass.
  • Westport, Massachusetts, USA
    The Dock, Westport Point, Mass.
  • Westport, Massachusetts, USA
    View of the East River from Post Office, Westport Point, Mass.
  • Westport, Massachusetts, USA
    Street View, Westport Point, Mass.
  • News 1911 - Duck Hunters Drown
    Westport, Mass., Dec. 29 - The drowning of three men who left their homes here yesterday afternoon to go duck hunting became known today. A searching ...Read MORE...


  • News 1915 - A South Westport (Mass.) couple, married fifty-two years, have not spoken to each other in fifty years and are reported to have lived together happily all that time nevertheless.

    The Princeton Union
    Princeton, Minnesota
    July 22, 1915

  • Westport, Massachusetts, USA
    Main St., Looking North from Point, Westport Point, Mass.
  • Westport, Massachusetts, USA
    Weighing in Swordfish - Westport Point, Mass.
  • Westport, Massachusetts, USA
    No. 2 - Surfside Cottage, Horseneck Beach, So. Westport, Mass.
  • Westport, Massachusetts, USA
    Young's Tourist Cabins, Route 6, Fall River to New Bedford Highway, in the town of Westport, Mass.


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West Wharf - Westport - Point Mass.

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Head of Westport, Mass.

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Hixes Bridge, South Westport

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Remingtons, South Westport


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Street View, Westport Point, Mass.

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The Dock, Westport Point, Mass.

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View of the East River from Post Office, Westport Point, Mass.

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Street View, Westport Point, Mass.

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Main St., Looking North from Point, Westport Point, Mass.

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Weighing in Swordfish - Westport Point, Mass.

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No. 2 - Surfside Cottage, Horseneck Beach, So. Westport, Mass.

Westport, Massachusetts, USA
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Young's Tourist Cabins, Route 6, Fall River to New Bedford Highway, in the town of Westport, Mass.

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  • 1670 - Westport is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1787 - Westport is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1845 - WESTPORT. [Pop. 2,820. Inc. 1787.]
    Westport, the western part of the county, lies on an arm of the sea, at the mouth of Buzzard's Bay.

    It was formerly a part of the town of... Read MORE...

  • News  1849 - A fire occurred at Westport, Massachusetts, last night, in which a woman and her children were burnt to death.
    The Sun
    Baltimore, Maryland
    January 4, 1849
  • News  1851 - Among the petitions in the House on Monday, were two by Mr. Fowler, on of B. B. Sisson, C. A. Church, and 204 other citizens of Westport, Massachusetts,
    praying for the repeal of the Fugitive Slave Law, and another of Mrs. Lydia Winslow and 172 other females of the same town, praying for the repeal of ... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Westport
    Westport, a post-township in Bristol co., Massachusetts. 55 miles S. from Boston. The village is situated on both sides of the Acossett river, near... Read MORE...

  • News  1863 - A turtle was found recently on the farm of Wm. Allen, in Westport, Mass., with the initials of Weston Allen, Humphrey Allen, and David Allen, cut on its shell.
    There was one date 171- - the last figure undecipherable - and one of 1787. The same turtle was found on the same farm about twelve years ago. The Times-Picayune
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    July 15, 1863
  • News  1864 - A LONG ABSENCE
    Nathaniel Woodell, of Westport, Massachusetts, who mysteriously disappeared in 1816, has returned after an absence of forty seven and a half years... Read MORE...

  • News  1887 - Mare Returns Home
    The valuable gray mare recently sold cheap to a Westport, Mass., farmer by the horse railroad company of Fall River, surprised her former friends by... Read MORE...

  • Westport Massachusetts, 1890
    Westport is a large agricultural town, with some manufactures, forming the southwest corner of Bristol County, adjoining Rhode Island. The extreme... Read MORE...

  • News  1894 - Westport (Mass.) will offer a reward of $10 for each fox killed by an inhabitant of the town.
    The Lowell Sun
    Lowell, Massachusetts
    April 2, 1894
  • 1895 - Westport
    West'port, a post-village in Westport township, Bristol co., Mass., on a small river, 7 miles W. of New Bedford, and 8 miles S.E. of Fall River. It... Read MORE...

  • 1899 - Westport
    Westport. - This was the fourteenth town formed in Bristol county. It was formerly a part of old Dartmouth and was set off and incorporated July 2,... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Westport, a post-village in Westport township (town), Bristol co., Mass., 7 miles W. of New Bedford. It has manufactures of carpet-warp and batting.... Read MORE...

  • News  1909 - Killed His Wife, Then Ended His Life in the Police Station
    Westport, Mass, Man, Crazed by Drink, Used an Old Indian Tomahawk in Murdering Woman
    New Bedford, Mass., July 26. - Waylaying his wife on a lonely... Read MORE...

  • News  1911 - Duck Hunters Drown
    Westport, Mass., Dec. 29 - The drowning of three men who left their homes here yesterday afternoon to go duck hunting became known today. A searching ... Read MORE...

  • News  1915 - A South Westport (Mass.) couple, married fifty-two years, have not spoken to each other in fifty years and are reported to have lived together happily all that time nevertheless.
    The Princeton Union
    Princeton, Minnesota
    July 22, 1915

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