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Somerset, MA 02726

 

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Friends of Somerset Historic Preservation

(FOSHP) is an organization of Somerset

residents whose interest is the preservation of our historic structures and landmarks.

Our goal is to identify, commemorate, and preserve our local treasures,not only for today's residents but for future generations of townspeople as well.

ABOUT US

© 2017 Friends of Somerset Historical Preservation                                              Photography courtesy of Scott Diagle Photography. All Rights Reserved.

July 13, 2017

Jerathmael Bowers, Shawomet/Swansea's representative to the Massachusetts legislature, was always careful to consult with his constituents. Bowers attended each town meeting and used those occasions to explain legislative matters to his fellow townsmen. Then, he listen...

June 29, 2017

When Governor John Hancock of Massachusetts signed a bill establishing the Town of Somerset in 1790, the community that became today’s town had already been in existence for 110 years. From 1680- 1790, that community was part of Swansea and was always referred to in of...

As the population of colonial Shawomet grew, some small but important industries were developed that played a key role in providing the necessities and conveniences of everyday life.

One essential feature of the community was a mill for grinding dried corn into corn mea...

The Somerset Police Department can trace its beginnings back to July 11, 1683, when the governor of Plymouth Colony approved the appointment of our first law enforcement officer. His name was Zachariah Eddy and he was named to the post of constable. In the settlement o...

Today's Somerset was called Shawomet during the 17th century, and Shawomet was somewhat unusual among early New England towns because it did not develop from a planned center that encircled a village green. Shawomet's orientation was toward its rivers and the bay, and...

The first map of today's Town of Somerset dates back to the 17th century. It is a surveyor's plan of the Shawomet Purchase, and it shows the property lines, as they were in 1683, of individual parcels of land. It also supplies the name of the person who owned each parc...

February 16, 2017

Pottery making in Somerset began in 1705 and continued for over 200 years. Tradition has long given credit to the Chase family for having brought the craft of pottery making with them from England. Their descendants were founders of the Somerset Pottery Company a centu...

February 11, 2017

In 1872, the Old Colony Railroad Company received permission from the state to "construct a bridge across Taunton River...from Fall River to...Slade's Ferry in Somerset and said bridge shall be adapted to both highway and railway purposes." By January of 1876, the brid...

February 10, 2017

Somerset enjoyed a period of great prosperity during the mid -nineteenth century, and the arrival of the railroads was an important contributing factor. In 1866, only a year after the Civil War ended, a railroad drawbridge across the Taunton River from the North Somers...

February 10, 2017

Somerset enjoyed a period of great prosperity during the mid -nineteenth century, and the arrival of the railroads was an important contributing factor. In 1866, only a year after the Civil War ended, a railroad drawbridge across the Taunton River from the North Somers...