History of Whitman MA
Whitman is a small rural town of just over 10,000 residents in Plymouth County.
Incorporated in 1823, the city is named after early settler Reverend Nathanial Whitman.
He lived near Wollaston Lake (now called Lake Nokomis) on land that forms part of Stoney Beach in Quincy.
Settled originally by Puritans who migrated from England to America seeking religious freedom, the area has been predominantly Christian, with almost 90% of all citizens identifying as Christians.
The town began as primarily agricultural, with the most significant crops being corn and potatoes, with some notable cranberry bogs residing adjacent to Quinebaug Pond near Hitchcock's Swamp.
Several mills were also located along Wollaston Brook, and the town quickly erected several mills and other small factories, especially after the advent of railroads in Massachusetts.
Since then, Whitman has primarily been recognized as a quiet rural suburb, although it does have its fair share of housing developments and commercial activities near Route 3A and Quinebaug Pond, which runs adjacent to Wollaston Brook.
The original center of Whitmans was around where Center Road now intersects with Straits Turnpike as that is where two early roads (the Lower Post Road and the Taunton Path) met.
The original meeting house for religious services still stands there today on Meeting House Hill Rd. However, it no longer serves as a place for church gatherings and instead hosts the Parson Nathaniel Whitman House, which is open to the public during the summer months.
The meeting house itself has been relocated twice, first in 1832 when Whitman split from Bridgewater and then again in 1965 when it was moved from its original location near Quinebaug Pond due to traffic concerns caused by increased automobile use.
The town seldom came into existence because of a dispute between Reverend Whitman and the native Wampanoag Indians.
They lived on what would become known as Meeting House Hill (now called Parson Nathaniel Hill). Whitman wanted the land for his church and parsonage; however, the local chief of the Native American tribe, Josiah Wompatuck, refused to sell him any part of their tribal lands.
Instead, to ensure that only Christians settled on the ground, Whitman would make one-half of all purchases from the Native Americans with his wife or children.
At the same time, the Wampanoags allowed only their women to attend Reverend Whitman's church. Eventually, Josiah Wompatuck stepped in and negotiated directly with Reverend Whitman.
The two reached an agreement where members of either party could not buy any more land from each other until a new meeting house was erected, which all could attend without discrimination by race or gender.
This way, both sides were appeased, and settlement on Meeting House Hill could begin in earnest.
By 1830, approximately 80% of the town's population lived within a mile of Meeting House Hill, also called Main Street, home to most retail shops, businesses, and schools.
Around this time, the town saw a lot of development and growth as many mills and factories were erected along Wollaston Brook and Quinebaug Pond.
Several significant roads were paved or laid with stone to ease transportation, often using large logs called corduroy roads.
Notable businesses which still stand today include Whitman Feed & Grain Co., Whitman Knitting Mill, Scott Paper Warehouse, Wollaston Lumber Company, Paine Brothers Hardware Store, Blanchard's Jewelry Store, Blanchard Gas Station, Tripp's Diner (across from Tripp's 8 Cinema) and two gas stations at Routes 6 & 106.
The meeting house where religious services were held moved in 1832 when the town split from Bridgewater.
It has been relocated twice since the second relocation due to increased automobile traffic, which caused safety concerns.
In 1857, a great fire swept through Whitman, destroying much of the business district located on Main Street and hundreds of homes in what is now known as downtown Whitman.
Unfortunately, the water system was not prepared for this situation, and several people died in flames. However, no one was officially listed as having died because of the lack of a proper census at that time.
Whitman has several historic homes, including the Blanchard Homestead (1805), Joseph Tripp House (1761) (which served as General George Washington's headquarters during the American Revolutionary War), Samuel Paine House (1691), and several other homes built in the 1700s along Old Bedford Road.
In addition, the town's public library is housed in the former Bedford Union School, which was built in 1895 to replace an earlier wooden schoolhouse on the same site.
The Blanchard Homestead, Joseph Tripp House, and Samuel Paine House are all owned by the Whitman Historical Society, which also has an extensive collection of artifacts dating back several centuries, including antique clocks, pottery, glassware, furniture pieces, and household items.
The "Pilot" newspaper is published by Whitman Publishing Co., headquartered at 60 South Main St., and its website www.hmdpilot.com.
"The Pilot" was posted by William Egan, who had founded it in 1877 when he was just 17 years old, and it has been locally owned since that time.
From 1848 to 2004, another newspaper called the "Whitman Pioneer" published locally in Whitman, but it was discontinued because of financial reasons.
Tourism in Whitman, MA
For decades, tourism in Whitman, MA, has been a vital industry in the town and is supported by four exits off of Route 6 near its intersection with Route 106.
In addition to several stores, restaurants, hotels, and gas stations, the town has several points of interest, including these from east to west along Route 6:
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