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Halifax, Massachusetts, USA - Railroad Station, Halifax, Mass. about 1912

Halifax, Plymouth, MA

Halifax was first settled by Europeans, most notably the Bosworth family from Bosworth Fields in England, in 1669, growing with lumbering and agriculture. It was officially separated from the town of Plympton and incorporated in 1734, and was named for Halifax, West Yorkshire, England.


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Railroad Station, Halifax, Mass. about 1912
Halifax, Massachusetts, USA

Railroad Station, Halifax, Mass. about 1912
Liberty Square, Halifax Beach, Mass.
Halifax, Massachusetts, USA

Liberty Square, Halifax Beach, Mass.
Wistaria Cottage, East Lake, Halifax, Mass.
Halifax, Massachusetts, USA

Wistaria Cottage, East Lake, Halifax, Mass.

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1839 - Halifax
Halifax, Massachusetts
Plymouth county. The Indian name of this place was Monponset. It lies 28 miles S.S.E. from Boston and 12 W. by S. from Plymouth. The surface of the town is generally level, with considerable good soil. Monponset and other ponds are large collections of water, and the sources of valuable mill privileges. There are a cotton and woolen mill in the town, and manufactures of shoes and straw braid;—total amount of manufactures about $150,000. Halifax was incorporated in 1734. Population, 1837, 781.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1845 - HALIFAX. (Pop, 734. Inc. 1734.)
Halifax was composed of the north part of Plimpton, the northeast of Middleborough, and the south of Pembroke, which then included Hanson.

It was probably named in compliment to the Earl of Halifax, an
able minister of Queen Anne.

Lumber, shoes, cotton and woollen goods, are the chief sources of

Distance from Plymouth, 12 miles ; from Boston, 28.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
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1870 - Halifax, Mass., seems not to be a thriving place. It is eighteen years since the last new house was built.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
October 22, 1870
Halifax Massachusetts, 1890
Halifax lies in the central part of Plymouth County, 28 miles southeast of Boston by the Old Colony Railroad, which passes along its northeastern border. It has for its boundaries Hanson and Pembroke on the north; Jones River Pond and Plympton on the east; the latter and Middleborough on the south; and Bridgewater and East Bridgewater on the west. Its assessed area is 9,378 acres; about one half of this being more or less wooded.

The land in the eastern part of the town is level; in the western; part diversified by gradual swells and valleys. Monponset Pond, a beautiful sheet of water about two miles long by half a mile broad, lies in the northern part of the town; and there are a series of small ponds across the town from this to Robbin's Pond, in Bridgewater, just over the western line. Great Cedar Swamp extends from the centre of the town over the northern line. The Winnetuxet River, a narrow and circuitous stream, flows through the southwestern section of the town, and joins... Read MORE...

1895 - Halifax
Halifax, a post-hamlet of Plymouth co, Mass: in Halifax township, on the Old Colony Railroad, 9 miles N.W. of Plymouth. It has 3 churches, a common school, and a box-factory. Pop. of the township, 562.
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
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and activities to enjoy in and around Halifax:
Monponsett Pond:

Start your day with a visit to Monponsett Pond, a picturesque body of water perfect for fishing, kayaking, or simply enjoying a peaceful stroll along the shore.

Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area:

Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area. Explore hiking trails amidst beautiful scenery, and don't forget your binoculars for bird watching.

Halifax Country Club:

If golf is your game, head over to the Halifax Country Club. This scenic course offers a challenging round surrounded by lush greenery.

Hemlock Preserve:

For a serene hiking experience, check out the Hemlock Preserve. The trails wind through a forested area, providing a great escape into nature.

Hobart Meadows:

Another natural gem is Hobart Meadows, a lovely spot for a family picnic. Enjoy the fresh air and open space, perfect for outdoor activities.

Kingston Collection:

If you're in the mood for shopping or catching a movie, the Kingston... Read MORE...

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