Dighton Historical Society

Dighton Historical Society Keeping and sharing the history of Dighton, MA.
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03/24/2020

Wesley Hathaway, 95 years old and a life long resident of Dighton, passed away last week. He was a WW II veteran who drove one of the trucks in a convoy on the Burma Road over the Himalaya mountains to get to the airbase in Kunming, China. In Kunming, he was a hydrolics specialist working on the Flying Tiger's planes.
He was a long time member of the Dighton Historical Society and grew and donated tomato and pepper plants for our yearly plant sales. We are grateful for all that he did.
We would like to extend our condolences to his family and remember a life well lived.
Chris Pacheco

03/15/2020

Due to ongoing concerns with the spread of the corona virus, the Dighton Historical Society will be closed until further notice.
Chris Pacheco

03/13/2020

Due to the concerns regarding the possibility of infection from the Corona virus, the Psychic Fair and Craft Fair scheduled for March 28th has been postponed.
We will reschedule for a later date.
Chris Pacheco

02/25/2020

We will be open today, February 25th, from 9:00 am until noon. Hope to see you.

02/16/2020

As we celebrate President's Day, I thought I would post a few comments. Although we have or have had 45 presidents, we normally pay homage to Presidents Washington and Lincoln on this day.

Washington had fought and commanded in the French and Indian War which started in 1754. He owned land in Virginia and was a surveyor by trade. He married the widow Martha Custis who came to the marriage with great wealth.

He wanted the position of Commander of the Continental Army and went to the Continental Congress in full unifirm as they were selecting
for the position. He was very impressive and was selected.

The Constitution was ratified at the Constitutional Convention in 1788. It provided for the 3 branches of government and the Electoral College. Hamilton and Madison wrote 85 essays, the Federalist Papers, explaining and defending how the new government would work. These were pivotal in securing ratification. Nine states of the 13 were needed for ratification, New Hampshire was the ninth.

Washington won the presidency with a unanimous vote of 69 electoral votes. John Adams won the vice-presidency with 34 electoral votes. These positions did not run as a ticket then.

Washington resisted attempts to call him His Royal Highness or anything else having to do with a monarchy. Perhaps his most important decision was to leave office after 8 years, presiding over and ensuring a peaceful transition of power. This 8 year rule was not in the Constitution, but after Franklin Delano Roosevelt won 3rd and 4th terms the 22nd Ammendment was passed by Congress in 1947 and ratified in 1951 because of potential issues with a president serving more than 2 terms.

Abraham Lincoln was a man of little means and no formal education who was known for his integrity and honor. He was never totally at ease as president and suffered the loss of two sons and a wife with emotional problems during his tenure.

His greatest accomplishment was the freeing of slaves in our country. He also knew, that he could not allow the south to secede from the United States and consequently presided over the Civil War to free the slaves and keep the country together. His assassination was a direct result of his beliefs.

History shows us that both of these men were not perfect, but they had an unquestionable love of this country and the courage and fortitude to do what they believed was right.
Consequently, as Americans, we are in their debt for moving this nation forward.

Beginning tonight, February 16th, the History Channel will be running a series on George Washington.

Chris President,
President

02/03/2020

The Dighton Historical Society will be open from 9 AM to noon tomorrow, Tuesday, February 4th.
For those of you interested, we have the Dighton throws for sale for $45.00.
Chris Pacheco

12/21/2019

The Dighton Historical Society will be closed on Tuesdays until Tuesday, February 4th, 2020.
On behalf of all of our members, I would like to express our thanks and appreciation to all of you for all your support throughout the year.
We wish you and your families Happy Holidays
and a wonderful 2020.
Chris Pacheco

12/02/2019

Due to the impending inclement weather forecast for tomorrow, 12/3, the Dighton Historical Society will be closed.
We hope to see you at our Holiday Open House on Saturday, 12/7 from 1 to 4 PM.
Chris Pacheco

Many thanks to Araujo's for the beautiful wreath and Christmas pots. Thank you also for all the help you give the Dighto...
11/28/2019

Many thanks to Araujo's for the beautiful wreath and Christmas pots. Thank you also for all the help you give the Dighton Historical Society all year. It is very much appreciated.
Chris Pacheco

11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving.

11/26/2019

The Dighton Historical Society is hosting our annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7th, from 1 to 4 PM at 1217 Williams Street in Dighton.
Come see Christmas Morning in our front parlor, as well as the festive decorations throughout the house.
We also have unique items for sale, including our new Dighton throw, which make great holiday gifts.
Hope to see you there.
Chris Pacheco

The Dighton Historical Society is selling this beautiful Dighton woven throw which showcases some of our favorite places...
11/15/2019

The Dighton Historical Society is selling this beautiful Dighton woven throw which showcases some of our favorite places in town - the Council Oak, the Community Church, the Dighton Historical Society, the Dighton High School, the old Berkley Bridge and the Dighton Andrew Carnigie Library.They have a strawberry and vine border. It is a beautiful, 48x68" quality USA made throw, perfect for your home, as well as a wonderful gift for Christmas or other occasions. The Dighton throw is selling for $45.00. We will be selling them at Araujo's at 1522 Williams Street on Saturday11/23 and Saturday 12/14 from 9 AM to 3 PM. We will also be selling them on Tuesday mornings at the Historical Society from 9 AM to noon. They will be available for sale on Saturday 12/7 from 1 PM to 4 PM at the Society's Christmas open house.

11/11/2019

Thank you to all the men and women who have fought for our country since the American Revolution to protect us and people around the world who needed our help.
We also owe their families a debt of gratitude for all they sacrifice while their loved ones serve.
These men and women represent courage, integrity, honor and love of country - everything all of us should aspire to as citizens of these United States.
They give up much, many gave their lives, and we owe them our respect, thanks and everything we as a nation can do to help them and their families.
Chris Pacheco

11/04/2019

The Dighton Historical Society will be closed on Tuesday, November 5th for some renovations. See you on November 12th.
Chris Pacheco

Please come and see us and have some fun.
10/10/2019

Please come and see us and have some fun.

09/30/2019

The Dighton Historical Society will be closed to the public tomorrow, October 1st, while we have some work done on the museum. Sorry for the inconvenience.

The Dighton Historical Society is selling this beautiful Dighton woven throw, which showcases our favorite places in tow...
09/19/2019

The Dighton Historical Society is selling this beautiful Dighton woven throw, which showcases our favorite places in town. It is a beautiful, 48" x 68", quality throw; perfect for your home, as well as a wonderful gift for Christmas or other occasions. The Dighton throw is selling for $45.00.
We will be selling them on Saturday, October 5th at the Craft Fair at The Community Church's Friendship Hall and at The Lion's Club Art Festival on Sunday, November 3rd.
Stop by and see us at these events - we're sure you will love this throw. They are made in the USA.

We are open today from 9 to noon. Hope to see you.
09/17/2019

We are open today from 9 to noon. Hope to see you.

09/14/2019

The Dighton Historical Society would like to thank Araujo's Greenhouses for the centerpieces they donated for the tables at our recent Eleanor Roosevelt tea. They were a big hit. At each table, the person whose birthday was closest to Eleanor's (October 11th) won the centerpiece.
Araujo's continues to be very supportive of the society, and we very much appreciate all they do for us.
Chris Pacheco

Many thanks to all of you who participated in Eleanor Roosevelt's tea yesterday. She was a remarkable woman, and it was ...
09/09/2019

Many thanks to all of you who participated in Eleanor Roosevelt's tea yesterday. She was a remarkable woman, and it was great to share her life with Carol Cohen and have a little fun too.
We will continue to do presentations on many subjects and hope you will continue to participate with us in the future.
Chris Pacheco

09/09/2019

The Dighton Historical will be closed tomorrow, 9/10.
See you on Tuesday, the 17th.
Chris

09/01/2019

The Dighton Historical Society will be closed on Tuesday, September 3rd. We will be open on Tuesday, September 10th.
Chris Pacheco

08/27/2019

Good Afternoon,
The Dighton Historical Society is pleased to announce we have sold out of tickets for our Eleanor Roosevelt Tea.
Thank you everyone for your support for the event. It will be a great afternoon.
Chris Pacheco

We are open today, August 27th from 9 am until noon today. We will not be open on September 3rd.
08/27/2019

We are open today, August 27th from 9 am until noon today. We will not be open on September 3rd.

08/19/2019

Come have tea with Eleanor Roosevelt on Sunday, September 8th, from 2 to 4 PM at the Dighton Community Church's Friendship Hall on Elm Street in Dighton.
Eleanor Roosevelt was our First Lady during her husband's four consecutive terms as president.
She travelled the country as her husband's eyes and ears.
She was much maligned and ridiculed for being very active in civil rights for women and people of color, even going into the mines to see for herself while fighting for rights for mine workers.
All of her life she fought for social causes and was very effective in the UN.
One of my favorite quotes of hers is:"Women are like teabags. You don't know how strong they are until you put them in hot water".
This will be an enjoyable afternoon, and I would recommend you bring your daughters and granddaughters (8 years old and up) so they can learn about a woman who was ahead of her time and worked so hard to make life better for future generations.
Tickets are $10.00 each. You can request tickets on this web site or purchase them at Araujo's, Daffodil's Gift Shop or the Dighton Library.
It is often said that we can't know where we are going unless we know where we've been. Eleanor is a woman worth remembering.
Chris Pacheco

The Founding of the United States
08/10/2019

The Founding of the United States

On This Day In History > August 10,1776:
London learns of American independence

News reaches London that the Americans had drafted the Declaration of Independence.

"Until the Declaration of Independence formally transformed the 13 British colonies into states, both Americans and the British saw the conflict centered in Massachusetts as a local uprising within the British empire. To King George III, it was a colonial rebellion, and to the Americans, it was a struggle for their rights as British citizens. However, when Parliament continued to oppose any reform and remained unwilling to negotiate with the American rebels and instead hired Hessians, German mercenaries, to help the British army crush the rebellion, the Continental Congress began to pass measures abolishing British authority in the colonies.

In January 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense, an influential political pamphlet that convincingly argued for American independence from the British monarchy. It sold more than 500,000 copies in just a few months. By the spring of 1776, support for independence had swept through the colonies, the Continental Congress called for states to form their own governments and a five-man committee was assigned to draft a document declaring independence from the British king.

The Declaration of Independence was largely the work of Virginian Thomas Jefferson. In justifying American independence, Jefferson drew generously from the political philosophy of John Locke, an advocate of natural rights, and from the work of other British theorists. The declaration features the immortal lines “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It then goes on to present a long list of grievances that provided the American rationale for rebellion."

Hope to see you there. There are 65 tickets available. See the flyer below for ways to get tickets.
08/05/2019

Hope to see you there. There are 65 tickets available. See the flyer below for ways to get tickets.

08/05/2019

The Dighton Historical Society will be closed on Tuesday, August 6th.
See you next week.
Chris Pacheco

A Dightonian!
08/01/2019

A Dightonian!

Capt Pitts in Timothy Walker's Regt! From Dighton - Dighton Historical Society, Dighton Public Library, Town of Dighton,

We are open today from 9 until noon. Come in and visit the Winslow-Davis Museum.
07/30/2019

We are open today from 9 until noon. Come in and visit the Winslow-Davis Museum.

07/09/2019

The Dighton Historical Society will be open on Tuesday, 7/16 and Tuesday 7/30 from 9 AM to Noon. We will be closed on 7/23.

07/09/2019

For the month of July, the Dighton Historical Society will be open on Tuesday, 7/16 and Tuesday, 7/30 from 9 AM to Noon.
We will be closed on 7/23.

07/09/2019

The Dighton Historical Society will be open from 9 AM to Noon today.

07/02/2019

On July 2nd, 1776 the members of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia voted unanimously to declare our independence from England. What followed over the next two days was the review of the Declaration of Independence that Thomas Jefferson had authored. Many changes were made, with John
Adams providing many of the changes. It was finalized on July 4th and voted on after that.
John write the following to Abigail:
"The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solomnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illumination from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more".
Thus, our "great experiment" was started. Men and women pledged their "lives and fortens" for these ideals, and many lost both during the fight for independence.
We are now living our own history and,looking back at what the costs were to get here, renews our commitment to move forward in the spirit in which this country of ours was founded.
Our founding men and women sacrificed too much - we cannot let them down.
Happy Fourth of July,
Chris Pacheco

06/30/2019

The Dighton Historical Society will be closed on Tuesday, July 2nd.
Chris Pacheco

06/24/2019

The Dighton Historical Society would like to thank Under The Sun Farm for hosting our Strawberry Festival last Saturday. Thank you also to their employees for being so helpful.
Many thanks to the Boy Scouts and Leos for their help with parking. We had a great group of vendors, pony rides, music, face painting, hay rides, very friendly alpacas and the farm had U Pick strawberries as well as great food, plants and veggies.
Dighton was considered "the strawberry capital of the world" at the Boston markets and the strawberry was an economic driver for the town for many years.
The society is pleased to celebrate the town's history and we look forward to next year's event.
Chris Pacheco

2nd Massachusetts Regiment
06/11/2019

2nd Massachusetts Regiment

Happy birthday to Dr. Joseph Warren, who was born #onthisday in 1741 in Roxbury, MA. In his eventful life, Warren accomplished much in his education at Harvard, in his profession as a physician, as a Grand Master of Freemasons, as one of the key Sons of Liberty in Boston (his pseudonym was "True Patriot"), as the head of the Committee of Safety, as the writer of the Suffolk Resolves, and as a major general, falling in combat at the Battle of Bunker Hill only six days after his 34th birthday. Today flowers were left at his statue at the Bunker Hill Monument Lodge.
#JosephWarren

06/07/2019

The Dighton Historical Society would like to express our thanks and appreciation to The Ruby W. And LaVon Linn Foundation. The generous grant that the Foundation recently provided us will enable the Dighton Historical Society to continue to make improvements to its Winslow-Davis Museum, which houses our collections. We are grateful for their support in aiding our efforts to preserve and protect the history of Dighton and its connection to our surrounding communities.

We would also like to express our thanks and appreciation to BayCoast Bank for the grant it has awarded us to update office equipment
BayCoast Bank continues to support the Society, for which we are very grateful.
Chris Pacheco

We are open today, 9 to 12.
06/04/2019

We are open today, 9 to 12.

Looking for something interesting to do tomorrow?
06/01/2019

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05/27/2019

As we celebrate and honor all those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms this Memorial Day, let us remember the words of Dr Joseph Warren, He was one of the 1st casualties of the American Revolution.He died in the battle at Breeds Hill. He said:

“It is the united voice of America to preserve freedom, or lose their lives in defense of it. Their resolutions are not the effects of inconsiderate rashness, but the sound result of sober inquiry and deliberation. I am convinced that the true spirit of Liberty was never universally diffused through the ranks and orders of people, in any country on the face of this earth as it is now through North America”

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This stone is at the entrance of a cemetery around Dighton. He is a direct ancestor of my mother. I will be driving through Dighton on October 14th and would like to stop by the area. I have not been able to find direction to the cemetery. Does anyone know where it is?
Hello, my name is Patty, I am interested in being a vendor at the craft show on June 22 if there is availability. Please let me know, thank you.
The Dighton Historical Society will be closed at 10:00 am today. We will be open on November 27th from 9:00 am until noon. Happy Thanksgiving.
2019 Dighton History calendar coming soon. Limited, numbered edition; second in the series. All proceeds to benefit the Segreganset School. A snipit look into the Old Bristol Path that ran through Dighton from Plymouth to Bristol Rhode Island before the time of the Pilgrims. Learn a bit about some of the homes along that path and the folks who built them along that pathway -- later roadway -- lived there and began and built the structure of this town and, indeed our nation. More information coming soon. Check out Back in the Day in Dighton for more information as it is available, or contact Myrna Santos at [email protected].