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Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA - Winslow House, built around 1699

Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

In 1906, Reginald Fessenden delivered the first AM radio broadcast. It was transmitted from Brant Rock in Marshfield.

Marshfield includes: Green Harbor, Highlands (Marshfield Hills), Little Bridge, Littletown, Mars Hill, Ocean Bluff, Rexhame, Sea View, Standish, Tilden Island, Trouant's Island, Brant Rock, Ferry Hill, and Fieldston.
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Winslow House, built around 1699
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Monument dedicated to Early Settlers of Green Harbor, MA located in Winslow Cemetery in Marshfield, MA
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Marshfield, Mass. Webster Burial Plot. Grave of Daniel Webster.
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The Original Daniel Webster House, 1859, Marshfield, Mass.
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First Congregational Church (Organized 1632)

In 1632, only twelve years after the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, some families had settled permanently in the Marshfield area. At their request, the church leaders allowed them to establish a congregation closer to their homes.

The Marshfield church was “the second church of God that issued out of the church of Plymouth,” the first being in Duxbury...

The Marshfield congregation is now considered the oldest continuing Trinitarian Congregational church in America...

Edward Winslow, a Mayflower Pilgrim and governor of the Plymouth Colony, was a founder of the church. His marriage to the widow Susannah White in 1621 was the first in the colony. She was the mother of Peregrine White, the first child born to the Pilgrims in the New World on the Mayflower in 1620. Peregrine White became a member of the congregation in 1698. A son of Edward and Susannah, Josiah Winslow, later became the governor of Plymouth... Read MORE...

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Ocean Street, Ocean Bluff, Marshfield, Mass.

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Beach Scene, Brant Rock, Marshfield, Mass.

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Four Corners, Marshfield Hills, Mass., 1906

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Ocean Street, Brant Rock, Mass.

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Church and Cottages, Brant Rock, Mass.

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Birdseye View of Marshfield, Mass., Looking North, 1908

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Adelaide Phillips' House, Marshfield, 1908

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The Bluff, Brant Rock

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McLauhthlin's Store and Post Office, Green Harbor

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Prospect Street looking South, Marshfield Hills

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Birdseye View of Marshfield, Mass. from Zion's Hill

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Beach Scene, Green Harbor, Mass.

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Damon's Candy Factory, Marshfield Hills, Mass.

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Highland Street, Marshfield Hills, Mass., 1910

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The Depot, Marshfield, Mass.

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Post Office and General Store (Whitman & Wright), Ocean Bluff, Mass.

Up at the Bluff in 1900, S.G. Capen's Store sold the latest goods and souvenirs popular with vacationers. His merchandise included groceries, tinware, cigars, tobacco, bread and pastries, ice cream, confectionaries, stationery, periodicals, bathing suits, boots and fishing tackle "for sale or to let." A wooden walk ran between Capen's and the beach bluff in those days. The store became Briggs & Maxwell in 1907. Later it Became Whitman & Wright, then Wright and Starrett's general store, but it was known far and wide as Bessie's for Bessie Wright...

Marshfield, a Town of Villages, 1640-1990
By Cynthia Hagar Krusell, Betty Magoun Bates, 1990

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Fish Cove, Green Harbor

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Unitarian Church, Marshfield Hills, Mass., 1913

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Unitarian Church, Marshfield Mills

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The New Casino, Ocean Bluff, Mass.

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Main Street, G.A.R. Hall, Marshfield Hills

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The Fieldston on the Atlantic

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  • 1632 - Marshfield is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1640 - Marshfield is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1773 - Tea Rock Hill - On this Hill in December 1773 the Staunch Whig Jeremiah Lowe Applied the Torch and Burned the Tea Confiscated by the Patriots from Public and Private Stores in the Town of Marshfield

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  • 1839 - Marshfield
    Marshfield, Massachusetts
    Plymouth county. A pleasant town on Massachusetts bay, 25 miles S.E. from Boston and 15 N. by W. from Plymouth. It is watered by North and South rivers, and has a tolerable harbor, and some navigation. Ship building is an important branch of business in the town. Here are two cotton mills, an air and cupola furnace, a nail factory, and manufactures of cotton and satinet warp.

    Peregrine White, the first English child born in New England, died here in 1704, aged 83. Incorporated, 1640. Population, 1837, 1,660.
    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. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
  • 1845 - MARSHFIELD. [Pop. 1,761. Inc. 1641.]
    Marshfield belonged to Plymouth till 1640, and was called Rexham.

    It is pleasantly situated on North and South Rivers, and does something in ship-building, navigation, and manufactures.

    It is chiefly distinguished as the burial-place of Peregrine White, the first child born after the arrival of the Pilgrims; and as the residence of Daniel Webster, usually called 'The Defender of the Constitution,' and, in a higher sense, the first son of New England.

    Distance from Plymouth, 15 miles ; from Boston, 25.
    An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
  • 1854 - Marshfield
    Marsiifield, a post-township of Plymouth co., Massachusetts, on Massachusetts bay, 28 miles S. E. by S. from Boston. The farm and country residence of the late Daniel Webster is in the S. part, about 12 miles N. from Plymouth. Population, 1837.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • 1867 - The Marshfield Fair was established in 1862 by the South Marshfield Farmer's Club.
    Later called the Fairgrounds Association, it was incorporated as the Marshfield Agricultural and Horticultural Society in 1867. The inspiration for an agricultural fair in this area came from Daniel Webster...

    Marshfield
    Images of America
    Authors Cynthia Hagar Krusell, John J. Galluzzo
    Publisher Arcadia Publishing, 2007
    ISBN 0738545724, 9780738545721
    Page 84
  • News  1869 - There is now living in Marshfield, Mass., an aged couple who are enjoying their 75th year of married life. There are both well, and bid fair to celebrate their diamond wedding.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    March 13, 1869
  • Marshfield Massachusetts, 1890
    Marshfield is a beautiful seaboard town in the northeastern part of Plymouth County, about 30 miles southeast of Boston on the South Shore line of the Old Colony Railroad. Norwell lies on the northwest and north, Scituate on the north, the ocean on the east, Duxbury on the south and southwest, with Pembroke west of the middle section. The assessed area is 15,908 acres, of which 3,616 acres are woodland.

    North River forms the divisional line from Norwell on the west, and by a right-angled turn on the north also, and from Scituate; with a turn at the northeast corner of the town as sharply southward, where a long narrow peninsula of Scituate separates it from the sea as far as the middle point of Marshfield on the east side. At this point comes in South River, flowing across the town from North Duxbury, the two rivers entering the sea together. In the southern part of the town is Cut River, coming from the centre of Duxbury, then making its way between two hills in Marshfield, and... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Marshfield
    Marshfield, a post-township of Plymouth co., Mass., about 28 miles S.E. of Boston, is bounded on the N.E. by Massachusetts Bay, and intersected by a branch of the Old Colony Railroad. It contains villages named Marshfield (once the place of residence of Daniel Webster) and East Marshfield, and has manufactures of boxes and shoes. Pop. 1817. Marshfield Station is 34 miles and Marshfield Centre 32 miles by rail from Boston.
    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
  • 1906
    Marshfield, a post-township (town and village) of Plymouth co., Mass., about 28 miles SE. of Boston, on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., is bounded on the NE. by Massachusetts Bay. It is a summer-resort. Pop. of the town in 1900, 1810; of the village, about 400.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
  • 1906 - Reginald Fessenden - First AM Radio Broadcast
    Fessenden reported that on the evening of December 24, 1906 (Christmas Eve), he had made the first of two radio broadcasts of music and entertainment to a general audience, using the alternator-transmitter at Brant Rock (Marshfield).
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  • 2023 - Marshfield has something for everyone. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Marshfield:
    1. Rexhame Beach: Start your visit by hitting the beach. Rexhame Beach is one of Marshfield's most popular spots. It offers miles of sandy shores where you can swim, sunbathe, and take leisurely walks along the shoreline. Don't forget to bring your beach chairs and sunscreen.

    2. Brant Rock Beach: Another fantastic beach option is Brant Rock Beach. It's known for its scenic views and is a great place to watch the sunset. You can also explore the nearby Brant Rock Village, which has some charming shops and restaurants.

    3. Green Harbor Beach: If you prefer a quieter beach experience, head to Green Harbor Beach. It's a hidden gem, often less crowded than the other beaches in town. Perfect for a peaceful day by the water.

    4. Marshfield Hills: Take a stroll through Marshfield Hills, a historic village with picturesque homes and lovely gardens. It's a great place for a leisurely walk, and you can also visit the Winslow House, a colonial-era home that offers tours.

    5. Daniel... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorThomas BOURNE (1582, , Kent County, England - 11 May 1664, Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA (Rexhame) (East Marshfield) (Green Harbor) (Ocean Bluff) (Marshfield Hills) (Brant Rock))
female ancestorElizabeth UNKNOWN (1590, , Kent County, England - 18 July 1660, Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA (Rexhame) (East Marshfield) (Green Harbor) (Ocean Bluff) (Marshfield Hills) (Brant Rock))
male ancestorAnthony EAMES (1595, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 6 October 1686, Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA (Rexhame) (East Marshfield) (Green Harbor) (Ocean Bluff) (Marshfield Hills) (Brant Rock))
female ancestorMargery PIERCE (1599, Dorchester, Dorset, England (Fordington) - 31 December 1662, Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA (Rexhame) (East Marshfield) (Green Harbor) (Ocean Bluff) (Marshfield Hills) (Brant Rock))
male ancestorRichard SPEED (1603, , England (United Kingdom) - 1638, Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA (Rexhame) (East Marshfield) (Green Harbor) (Ocean Bluff) (Marshfield Hills) (Brant Rock))
male ancestorWilliam FOORD (FORD) (4 November 1604, Olave Parish, Southwark, Surrey, England - 23 September 1676, Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA (Rexhame) (East Marshfield) (Green Harbor) (Ocean Bluff) (Marshfield Hills) (Brant Rock))
female ancestorElizabeth POPE (2 June 1605, Alverstoke, Hampshire, , England - , Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA (Rexhame) (East Marshfield) (Green Harbor) (Ocean Bluff) (Marshfield Hills) (Brant Rock))
male ancestorEdward BUMPAS (1605, London, England - 1684, Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA (Rexhame) (East Marshfield) (Green Harbor) (Ocean Bluff) (Marshfield Hills) (Brant Rock))
male ancestorMaurice (Morris) TROUANT (1606, Cambridge, England - 21 April 1685, Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA (Rexhame) (East Marshfield) (Green Harbor) (Ocean Bluff) (Marshfield Hills) (Brant Rock))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Marshfield, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorNehemiah SMITH (June 1605 - 8 August 1686) and female ancestorSarah Ann BOURNE (18 January 1615 - 12 January 1684) married 21 January 1639
male ancestorPeter John BRANCH (7 November 1628 - 17 May 1711) and female ancestorMary SPEED (1632 - 17 May 1711) married 6 December 1652
male ancestorJoseph ROSE (5 June 1633 - 29 January 1710) and female ancestorElizabeth BUMPUS (9 March 1633 - 29 January 1711) married 5 June 1653
male ancestorWilliam FORD (4 November 1633 - 7 February 1721) and female ancestorSarah DINGLEY (4 November 1639 - 7 May 1727) married 4 November 1658
male ancestorJohn MILLER (2 March 1631 - 11 June 1711) and female ancestorMargaret WINSLOW (15 July 1640 - 26 October 1698) married 24 December 1659
male ancestorJustus EAMES (29 April 1627 - 1706) and female ancestorMehitable CHILLINGWORTH (19 April 1635 - May 1706) married 2 May 1661
male ancestorJoseph WATERMAN (1649 - 3 January 1712) and female ancestorSarah SNOW (June 1651 - 11 September 1741) married abt. 1673
male ancestorSamuel LITTLE (1656 - 16 January 1707) and female ancestorSarah GRAY (12 August 1659 - 14 February 1737) married 18 May 1682
male ancestorJonathan EAMES (3 September 1655 - 31 May 1724) and female ancestorHannah TRUFANT (1660 - 31 May 1724) married 11 January 1682

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