Weymouth: New Chronicles and Old Yarns from the South Shore

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Since its incorporation under Thomas Weston, a merchant-adventurer by trade, Weymouth has been defined by its lively residents, like celebrated first lady Abigail Adams and Thomas Watson, Alexander Graham Bell's trusty assistant who also ran the world's largest shipyard on the Fore River. Many entrepreneurs stand among the ranks of this town's personalities, from the pioneer of shoe manufacturing, James Tirrell, to E.S. Hunt, successful producer of items like Dragon Wheel fireworks and fashionable ladies' fans. Local historian Ted Clarke delivers Weymouth's most unusual stories, with tales of the town's famous cobblers, veritable walking gossip mills sought out for their skills, as well as their scoops, and the Wide Awakes, a nineteenth-century youth antislavery group demarcated by its white accessories. Weymouth provides the most unforgettable and unexpected vignettes from this South Shore town's legacy.
ISBN: 9781596298453
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 38
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Ted Clarke's passion is history, especially Boston history and that of areas around Boston. He is currently working on his twelfth book, most of which are on local history or figure skating, in which he was a judge and national administrator. After years of teaching and journalism and three master's degrees, Clarke is "somewhat" retired but still spends a solid part of each day at his writing vocation. "I feel as though I've never retired, and yet I'm doing something I love to do, " he says. "I've always enjoyed using words and telling stories, and here I do both. If you read my writing, I want you to get the story clearly but also enjoy the way it's told." He has a forthcoming book from The History Press called South of Boston, part of a brace of books called "From Cape to Cape, " which is in the works. He and his wife, Mary, live in the town of Weymouth, south of Boston, where he serves as chair of the historical commission. He has written and narrated five television productions on town history, winning, in 2010, the Massachusetts Historic Commission's award for his program on historic preservation. He also gives frequent talks, which may be arranged through The History Press.
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