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Yarmouth, founded in 1639, has always had close ties with the sea. From shore whaling, fishing, and boatbuilding to sailing, salt making, and other maritime pursuits, almost everyone dealt with the ocean. A 160-acre Indian reservation existed until a smallpox epidemic in the 1770s. Later, a substantial Friends community (Quakers) grew in South Yarmouth. Yarmouth slowly leaned toward tourism after the Civil War, with railroads providing the transportation. Automobiles created even more tourism. People no longer stayed for the summer but could now spend just a night or two. Restaurants, dance halls, and cabins changed the landscape. There was little growth during the Depression; however, it was explosive in the years following World War II. Townspeople grudgingly adapted to these changes. The one constant has been the Bass River and its influence on the town.
ISBN: 9781467129268
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Massachusetts
Series: Images of America
Images: 189
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The images in this book come from the extensive libraries of John Sears III, Priscilla Sears White, and Barry Homer, all descended from ancient families of Yarmouth. Sears and White, 11th-generation Yarmouth residents, composed the descriptive historical captions within this book. Growing up on Bass River, they played in a field where saltworks once stood, discovered arrowheads and broken Indian pipes, and walked by the Penguin House and the Crooked House on their way to school.
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