Originally settled in 1640, Mattapoisett, was incorporated as a town in 1857. A Wampanoag Indian word for “place of rest,” Mattapoisett is a resort town situated on 23.33 square miles on Buzzards Bay. Once mainly a summer vacation spot for the residents of New Bedford, Boston, and New York, the town now has a sizable year-round population. Its harbor provides easy access to Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard. Visitors enjoy its beautiful beaches, public wharfs, and numerous softshell clam and quahog beds.