Wareham (Images of America)


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Wareham nestles along the coast of picturesque Buzzards Bay in southeastern Massachusetts. First visited by Native Americans who made it their summer home, the villages of Wareham and Onset were incorporated as the town of Wareham in 1739. The town's long and varied history includes the development of the salt, iron, shipping, and cranberry industries and the decades of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when the town provided an exciting resort destination. Many ethnic groups made Wareham their home, including the Cape Verdeans, who contributed to the development of the cranberry industry and brought the richness of their culture to the community. Wareham spans the years from the eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century and includes images of important buildings, many of which no longer exist. The book depicts the numerous early villages for their unique flavor: Tremont, Parker Mills, Lincoln Hill, and Swifts Beach in Wareham; Agawam Village; and Onsets many beaches and neighborhoods, such as the downtown village, Point Independence, and Wicket's Island. Wareham includes rare photographs of downtown Wareham, the Horseshoe Mill, and the Tremont Nail Company, as well as Onset's Victorian casinos and hotels that recall bygone days of seaside splendor.

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