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November 13th, 2018, 08:20 AM
Some Interesting Facts about Massachusetts:

552 original documents pertaining to the Salem witch trials of 1692 have been preserved and are still stored by the Peabody Essex Museum.

Boston built the first subway system in the United States in 1897.


Norfolk County is the birthplace of four United States presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and George Herbert Walker Bush.

In Holyoke, William G. Morgan, created a new game called "Mintonette" in 1895. After a demonstration given at the YMCA in nearby Springfield, the name "Mintonette" was replaced with the now familiar name "Volleyball."

There is a house in Rockport built entirely of newspaper.


The Fig Newton was named after Newton, Massachusetts.

The visible portion of Plymouth Rock is a lumpy fragment of glacial moraine about the size of a coffee table, with the date 1620 cut into its surface. After being broken, dragged about the town of Plymouth by ox teams used to inspire Revolutionaries, and reverently gouged and scraped by 19th-century souvenir hunters, it is now at rest near the head of Plymouth Harbor.


James Michael Curley was the first mayor of Boston to have an automobile. The plate number was "576" - the number of letters in "James Michael Curley." The mayor of Boston's official car still uses the same number on its plate.

The first U.S.Postal zip code in Massachusetts is 01001 at Agawam.

Harvard was the first college established in North America. Harvard was founded in 1636. Because of Harvard's size there is no universal mailing address that will work for every office at the University.

The Boston University Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.


The Mather school was founded in Dorchester in 1639. It is the first public elementary school in America.

Princeton was named after the Reverend Thomas Prince, Pastor of the Old South Church in Boston, and one of the first proprietors of the town. Princeton was incorporated in 1759.

In 1908, Miss Caroline O. Emmerton purchased The House of the Seven Gables - built in 1668 - restored it to its present state and, in 1910, opened the site to the touring public. The seven-gabled house inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his famous novel of the same name.


The Boston Tea Party reenactment takes place in Boston Harbor every December 16th.

Balance Rock in Lanesborough is named in honor of a 25' x 15' x 10 boulder that balances upon a small stone below it.


The first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in Plymouth in 1621.

Charles Goodyear in Woburn first vulcanized rubber in 1839.

Elias Howe of Boston invented the first sewing machine in 1845.


The USS Constitution 'Old Ironsides', the oldest fully commissioned vessel in the US Navy is permanently berthed at Charlestown Navy Yard. Since 1897 the ship has been overhauled several times in Dry Dock 1.


Milford is known the world over for its unique pink granite, discovered in the 1870's and quarried for many years to grace the exteriors of museums, government buildings, monuments and railroad stations.

In January 15, 1919, a storage tank holding more than 2 million gallons of molasses burst, sending a giant wave of the hot syrupy substance through the North End of Boston. It killed 21 people and several horses and injured more than 100 others, making it the worst molasses-related accident in history.


The first American lighthouse was built in the Boston Harbor in 1716.


Some Strange Laws in Massachusetts:

- It is illegal to give beer to hospital patients.
- Candy may not contain more than 1% of alcohol.
- Shooting ranges may not set up targets that resemble human beings.
- At a wake, mourners may eat no more than three sandwiches.
- Tomatoes may not be used in the production of clam chowder.
- Snoring is prohibited unless all bedroom windows are closed and securely locked. ( OK, I vote for all snoring to be outlawed……even with windows closed and locked!)
- Quakers and witches are banned.
- An old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.
- Bullets may not be used as currency.
- All men must carry a rifle to church on Sunday.
- Alcoholic drink specials are illegal.
- Hunting on Sundays is prohibited.
- It is illegal to go to bed without first having a full bath.
- No gorilla is allowed in the back seat of any car.
- Children may smoke, but they may not purchase cigarettes. (Seriously?)

November 13th, 2018, 11:05 AM
Wow!! And the one that is sticking (sic) in my mind is the molassas. Almost 100 years. Amazing that there were so many dangers 100 yrs ago and we have forgotten how very safe we are from industrial accidents like that.

November 13th, 2018, 02:08 PM
There was an absolutely fascinating book written about the molasses flood called "Dark Tide", by Stephen Puleo. I really enjoyed reading it.