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Ten On Tuesday

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.


  1. We were settled in 1630, just 10 years after the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth.
  2. We were incorporated on June 14, 1823. In 1997 I married Dale on June 14th.
  3. 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.
  4. Former Red Sox Pitcher Manny Delcarmen lives in my town. I have met him.
  5. Actor Tom Everett Scott is from my town. I have not met him but my kids have.
  6. 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!
  7. We have a movie theater but not a grocery store.
  8. We have a YMCA. Not every town has one and I am incredibly grateful for ours and the people that work there.
  9. 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.
  10. 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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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. I think we’re going to learn a lot of interesting things today! I do hope I get to experience your town some day…

  2. East Bridgewater is a charming, wonderful place — and I can say that with personal knowledge, now. I love your town common most of all!

  3. I was just thinking about how I really have come to love the sound of the church bells tolling, and hearing God Bless America nightly. St John’s church bells and the music that they play are one of my favorite things about where I live in our little old town. On the other hand, our nieghborhood has the dubious distinction of having a gun club. The sound of gunfire is just a bit unsettling.
    Yin and yang I guess

  4. Just adding to the E.B. charm – I love that we are close enough to drive into Boston for the day, but not close enough for the headaches … I also love that we still have that ‘small town’ feel (although growing up I certainly did not appreciate the ‘everyone knows everyone else’s business’ aspect of that) and charm.

  5. There is such a contrast between cities/towns in the East versus the West. Interactions between native populations and settlers are a common element. Hardship and challenge for those who pioneered is another. Now that I started blathering away, it may be necessary to take back my initial statement!

  6. I love my hometown of EB. I was raised here and never left. A true townie! And I love the annual Dale and the Duds concert on the common.

  7. It’s hard to feel a sense of community in the Atlanta suburbs, but we did find out that the area we are currently living in, Vinings, used to have a ski slope. A ski slope in Atlanta-yea-makes no sense-there is rarely real snow, and it doesn’t hang around! #7 is hilarious.

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