Having settled on Shawomet ground in 1677, colonists were instructed how to fish, farm, and hunt by the Wampanoags, a Native American tribe. Settlers found the riverside location ideal for growth and prosperity.
However, they were not prepared for harsh winter storms or severe windstorms. Many lost their lives. Survivors worked even harder to achieve their original goal. The Town of Somerset was incorporated in 1790. Known as a major shipping port along the eastern seaboard during the 1800s, Somerset is a community filled with a plethora of local history dating back more than four centuries.
As the number of family-owned businesses grew, the population of the town grew as well. By the middle of the twentieth century, Somerset became more suburban in nature.
Many businesses still thrive at their original locations, while others have expanded operations, moving to more modern facilities along the major roadways in town.
At times, severe weather still affects the population, yet the resiliency of the townspeople defines their character of lending a hand to others while striving to look ahead to the future.
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.
PUBLISHER: America Through Time
SERIES: America Through Time
DIMENSIONS: 9.25 (w) x 6.5 (h)