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Mattapoisett, Mass. -- History

Mattapoisett Historical Society: Data Stories

Once part of Rochester, Massachusetts, Mattapoisett officially became an incorporated town of its own right in 1857. As of the 2010 census, Mattapoisett has a population of 6,045. This New England town also has some historical claim to fame: it is the former summer home of Oliver Wendell Holmes and central hub for the whaling industry. In fact, Herman Melville sailed on a whaling ship built in...