Seeking the opportunity to begin anew, Samuel Newman, an Episcopalian, left England after being accused of rebelliousness. He moved to Massachusetts, became disgruntled yet again and relocated to a new area with a following of about forty families.
“And he called the name of it Rehoboth; and He said, ‘For the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.’ Genesis. XXVI. 22.”
Rehoboth was established in 1643. Old Rehoboth has since divided into the towns of Seekonk and Rehoboth, Massachusetts, the city of East Providence, Rhode Island, and portions of other municipalities.
One of the largest towns area-wise in Massachusetts, Rehoboth has maintained rural characteristics for over 379 years. Modernization is noted along roadways with businesses, cell towers, internet and cable services, homes, and sport fields on former farmland.
Residents have persevered through major weather and health crises, coming together to help fellow neighbors. May future growth of Rehoboth reflect its past history.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Phyllis A. Dupere, local historian and retired high school teacher, takes delight in learning new things. Through a myriad of photographs and brief commentaries, the author offers readers an opportunity to reflect on how these brief moments in time affected the town, their families, and themselves in this constantly changing world. Never letting go of her calling to be an educator, Ms. Dupere has previously authored a book about Seekonk, Massachusetts, wrote an appendix article on Native American-based recipes for the modern cook in another book, and is currently seeking similar photographs from surrounding communities for future Through Time books.