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MATTAPOISETT

The Town of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts is a coastal community located on Buzzards Bay. The name "Mattapoisett" is said to be an old Indian term meaning "a place of rest." Indeed, as this summer community became more popular for its scenic harbor and relaxed setting, it has lived up to that Native American designation.

Originally a part of the adjacent Rochester, which was settled in 1750, Mattapoisett later incorporated into a separate township in 1857. With a vibrant harbor at its disposal and the whaling industry in nearby New Bedford thriving, Mattapoisett's key industry became shipbuilding and they were four major shipyards operating in town in the 1800s. It is estimated that about 400 ships were built in Mattapoisett over a period of 100 years.

Among the vessels built in Mattapoisett were the Acushnet, on which writer Herman Melville took the voyage that inspired the novel Moby Dick, and the Wanderer, the last working whaling bark which sadly ran aground on the rocks off Cuttyhunk Island in 1924. Today the town's scenic Ship Yard Park stands as a testament to the community's former livelihood. The flagpole in the park was originally the mizzenmast from the Wanderer, but the weathered pole was replaced in 1993. Other sites of interest include the historic Ned's Point Lighthouse and Veterans Park.


Mattapoisett Sesquicentennial
"Mattapoisett in the Making"

Chapter One: Land and Trade
Chapter Two: Pirates and King William's War
Chapter Three: Privateers and the First Shipyards
Chapter Four: Lt. John Hammond and Capt. Benjamin Hammond
Chapter Five: Trade, War and Whaling

Upcoming Town Meeting, Election Dates, and Events

State Election
November 4, 2014
Old Hammondtown School
2 Shaw St

Past Town Meeting and Election Results

State Election
November 4, 2014

Mattapoisett Special Town Meeting
October 20, 2014

Annual Town Election
May 20, 2014

Annual Town Meeting
May 12, 2014

Special Town Meeting
May 12, 2014

Special Town Meeting
November 18, 2013

Special State Election for U.S. Senate
June 25, 2013

Annual Town Election
May 21, 2013

Annual Town Meeting
May 13, 2013

Special State Primamry
April 30, 2013

Special Town Meeting
November 19, 2012

Presidential & State Election
November 6, 2012

State Primamry
September 6, 2012

Annual Town Election
May 22, 2012

Annual Town Meeting
May 14, 2012

Special Town Meeting
May 14, 2012

Presidential Primary Election Ballot
March 6, 2012

Special Town Meeting
November 15, 2011

Annual Town Election
May 17, 2011

Annual Town Meeting
May 9, 2011

Special Town Meeting
May 9, 2011

Mid-Term Elections
November 2, 2010

Special Town Meeting
October 12, 2010

State Primamry
September 14, 2010

Mattapoisett Annual Election
May 18, 2010

Annual Town Meeting
May 10-12, 2010

Special State Election
January 19, 2010

Massachusetts State Primary
December 8, 2009

Special Town Meeting
November 2, 2009

Mattapoisett Annual Election
May 19, 2009

Annual Town Meeting
May 11-12, 2009

Special Town Meeting
May 11, 2009

Special Town Meeting
March 3, 2009

Presidentail Election
November 4, 2008

Massachusetts State Primary
September 16, 20068

Mattapoisett Annual Election
May 20, 2008

Mattapoisett Special Town Meeting
May 12, 2008

Mattapoisett Annual Town Meeting
May 12 and 13, 2008

Presidential Primary Election Results
February 5, 2008

Mattapoisett Special Town Meeting
October 22, 2007

Mattapoisett Special Election
June 26, 2007

Mattapoisett Annual Election
May 22, 2007

Mattapoisett Special Town Meeting
May 14, 2007

Mattapoisett Annual Town Meeting
May 14 and 15, 2007

Mattapoisett Annual Town Meeting Budget (PDF)
May 14, 2007

Massachusetts State Election
November 7, 2006

Mattapoisett Special Town Meeting
October 17, 2006

Mattapoisett Annual Election
May 15, 2006

Mattapoisett Annual & Special Town Meeting
May 8, 2006