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Mattapoiset, MA

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.

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The word “Mattapoisett” is Wampanoag for “a place of resting”. Early industry included logging and farming, but Mattapoisett became best known for its role in the history of whaling.