I think it’s fun to go on vacation and visit new places. I also think it’s important to recognize the things that are unique and special about where we live and that’s why this week’s Ten On Tuesday topic is 10 Interesting Things About My Community. For the sake of this exercise I am defining my community as the town of East Bridgewater, MA.
- We were settled in 1630, just 10 years after the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth.
- We were incorporated on June 14, 1823. In 1997 I married Dale on June 14th.
- Sachem Rock is located in our town. This is historically significant as the site of a meeting in 1649 between English settlers from the Plymouth Colony, including Myles Standish, with the Wampanoag sachem Massasoit. In this meeting the colonists, ummmm, purchased rights to a large tract of land, including East and West Bridgewater, Bridgewater and Brockton.
- Former Red Sox Pitcher Manny Delcarmen lives in my town. I have met him.
- Actor Tom Everett Scott is from my town. I have not met him but my kids have.
- The famous bank robber Jack Turner had a brother who owned a home in East Bridgewater during the mid-19th century. It is widely believed that Turner had left his fortune there before he was mistakenly shot by Union agents outside of Richmond, VA in 1864. I found this on Wikipedia and had never heard of this until now. Maybe that fortune is in my back yard!
- We have a movie theater but not a grocery store.
- We have a YMCA. Not every town has one and I am incredibly grateful for ours and the people that work there.
- We have a beautiful town common. It’s very classic New England-y and we have lots of great events there. My favorite, of course, is the annual Dale and the Duds concert every June.
- We have our very own sushi restaurant. Considering that we are a residential community and certainly not even remotely cosmopolitan, I find this quite interesting. And my friends and I are doing our best to support this place and make sure it stays right up the street.
What’s interesting about where you live?
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