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Plymouth County Societies, Libraries and Museums

Institutions with County-Wide Interests
Mayflower Research
Family Societies
Local Institutions
Plymouth County Town and City USGenWeb Pages

 

Institutions with County-Wide Interests

Plymouth County Genealogists, Inc. is a society for those researching county families.   Each month except for July and August it publishes a newsletter and meets in East Bridgewater.

The Old Colony Historical Society in Taunton has extensive resources for the three counties formed from Plymouth Colony - Plymouth, Bristol and Barnstable, including a library and archives, a museum, and special programs and services.

The South Shore Genealogical Society is for beginners, amateurs and professionals interested in genealogical research in Plymouth and Norfolk Counties.

The Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston collects and preserves rare and unique documents and artifacts, and has an extensive research library.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston is the nation's oldest genealogical society, established in 1845, and is the foremost society and library for New England research.   Its journal, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, is the nations oldest, published quarterly since 1847.

Deborah Sampson Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

 

Mayflower Research

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants, established in 1897, has its offices and a library in Plymouth.   It is the parent society for those who can document descent from a Mayflower passenger.   Membership is through the state societies, including:

The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, established in 1896, has its offices and a library in Braintree.

The Pilgrim Society operates a museum in Plymouth which holds an extensive collection of Pilgrim posessions and Native American artifacts.

Plimoth Plantation is a living history interpretation of 17th century life, including the 1627 Pilgrim Village, Hobbamock's (Wampanoag) Homesite and the Mayflower II.

 

Family Societies

The Alden Kindred of America maintains the Alden House Historic Site in Duxbury.

The Society of Descendants of Robert Bartlett of Plymouth, Massachusetts

The Elder William Brewster Society -

The Francis Cooke Society

The Pilgrim Edward Doty Society

The Fuller Society

The Pilgrim John Howland Society

The Thomas Rogers Society

The Soule Kindred in America

The Winthrop Society

 

Local Institutions

See also the individual Town and City USGenWeb Pages
The information there may be more complete or more timely

Abington   Bridgewater   Brockton   Carver   Duxbury   East Bridgewater   Halifax   Hanover   Hanson   Hingham   Hull   Lakeville   Kingston   Marion   Marshfield   Mattapoisett   Middleborough   Norwell   Pembroke   Plymouth   Plympton   Rochester   Rockland   Scituate   Wareham   West Bridgewater   Whitman

 

Abington

Abington Public Library
600 Gliniewicz Way
Abington, MA 02351-1641
781-982-2139
Fax: 781-878-7361

Dyer Memorial Library
Centre Avenue
Abington, MA 02351
781-878-8480
The Dyer is a private library that houses historical and genealogical information on the Abington area including Whitman and Rockland. It is the home of the Historical Society of Old Abington.

 

Bridgewater

Bridgewater Public Library Historical Room
15 South St.
Bridgewater, MA 02324
508-697-3331 (also TTD)
Telefax: 508-279-1467

See also the Old Bridgewater Historical Society

 

Brockton

Brockton Public Library Historical Room
304 Main St., Brockton, MA 02301
508-580-7890
Fax: 508-580-7898

Brockton Historical Society
216 No. Pearl Street (Route 27, Exit 18B off of Route 24)
Brockton, MA 02301
508-583-1039

See also the Old Bridgewater Historical Society

 

Carver

Carver Public Library
2 Meadowbrook Way
Carver, MA 02330
(508) 866-3415
Fax: (508) 866-3416

 

Duxbury

Duxbury Free Library
77 Alden St.
Duxbury, MA 02332
781-934-2721

Duxbury Rural & Historical Society
Nathaniel Winsor, Jr. House
479 Washington St.
P.O. Box 2865
Duxbury, MA 02331
781-934-6106
Fax: 781-934-5730

Alden House Historic Site
105 Alden Street
Duxbury, MA 02332
781-934-9092

 

East Bridgewater

East Bridgewater Public Library Tower Room
32 Union St.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333-1598
508-378-1616
Fax: 508-378-1617

See also the Old Bridgewater Historical Society

 

Halifax

Holmes Public Library
470 Plymouth Street
Halifax, MA 02338
781-293-2271
Fax: 781-294-8518

Museum of Halifax
Plymouth St. (Rt. 106), just west of Town Hall on the south side of the street
Operated by the Halifax Historical Commission
781-294-7501

 

Hanover

John Curtis Free Library
534 Hanover St.
Hanover, MA 02339
781-826-2972
Fax: 781-826-3130

 

Hanson

Hanson Public Library
132 Maquan St.
Hanson, MA 02341
781-293-2151
Fax: 781-293-6801

 

Hingham

Hingham Public Library
66 Leavitt Street
Hingham, MA 02043-2757
781-741-1405
Fax: 781-749-0956

Hingham Historical Society
P.O. Box 434
Hingham, MA 02043
781-749-7721
Founded in 1914, the Society maintains Old Derby Academy and the Old Ordinary.

 

Hull

Hull Public Library
9 Main St.
Hull, MA 02045-1199
781-925-2295
Fax: 781-925-0867

Point Allerton Lifesaving Station and Hull Lifesaving Museum
Also known as Old Point Allerton Coast Guard Station
1117 Nantasket Ave.
Hull, MA 02045
781-925-5433
Fax: 781-925-0992
Exhibits feature genuine rescue apparatus, America's most storied surfboat - the Nantasket, and much more.

Paragon Park Carousel
Also known as Carousel Under the Clock
205 Nantasket Ave.
Hull, MA 02045
781-925-0472

 

Kingston

Kingston Public Library Local History Room
6 Green Street
Kingston, MA 02364
781-585-0517
Fax: 781-585-0521
TTY/TDD: 781-582-2446

Jones River Village Historical Society and
Major John Bradford House
Maple Street and Landing Road
Kingston, MA 02364
617-585-6300

 

Lakeville

Lakeville Public Library
4 Precinct St.
Lakeville, MA 02347
508-947-9028
Fax: 508-923-9934

 

Marion

Elizabeth Taber Library
8 Spring St.
Marion, MA 02738
508-748-1252
Fax: 508-748-0939

 

Marshfield

Ventress Memorial Library
15 Library Plaza
Marshfield, MA 02050-4998
781-834-5535
Fax: 781-837-8362

Marshfield Historical Society
Webster and Careswell Streets
P.O. Box 1244
Marshfield, MA 02050
781-834-7236

Judge Isaac Winslow House
644 Careswell Street
Marshfield, MA 02050-5623
781-837-5753

The Historic Winslow House Association
P.O. Box 531
Marshfield, MA 02050-0531
Several membership plans are available, and admission to the Winslow House is free to members.

 

Mattapoisett

Mattapoisett Free Public Library
7 Barstow St.
P. O. Box 475
Mattapoisett, MA 02739
508-758-4171

Mattapoisett Historical Society and Museum
5 Church St.
P.O. Box 535
Mattapoisett, MA 02739
508-758-2844

 

Middleborough

Middleborough Public Library
102 North Main St.
Middleborough, MA 02346
508-946-2470

Middleborough Historical Association
Jackson St.
PO Box 304
Middleborough, MA 02346
508-947-1969
Historic houses include: law office (1690), Outhouse-Sproat Tavern (1700), two 1820 houses.

 

Norwell

Norwell Public Library
64 South St.
Norwell, MA 02061
781-659-2015
Fax: 781-659-6755

 

Pembroke

Pembroke Public Library
142 Center St.
Pembroke, MA 02359
781-293-6771
Fax: 781-294-0742

Pembroke Historical Society
P.O. Box 122
Pembroke, MA 02359
781-293-9083

 

Plymouth

See also Mayflower Research above

Plymouth Public Library Plymouth Collection
132 South St.
Plymouth, MA 02360
508-830-4250

The Plymouth Antiquarian Society
P.O. Box 3773 Plymouth, MA 02361
508-746-0012
The Society maintains a number of museums including the 1677 Harlow Old Fort House, the 1749 Spooner House, the 1809 Hedge House and the The Taylor Trask Museum.

1749 Courthouse and Musuem
Town Square
Plymouth, MA 02360
508-830-4075

Jabez Howland House
33 Sandwich St.
Plymouth, MA 02360
508-746-9590

Jenney Grist Mill
6 Spring Lane
Plymouth, MA 02360
508-747-4544

1640 Richard Sparrow House
42 Summer St.
Plymouth, MA 02360
508-747-1240

 

Plympton

Plympton Public Library
248 Main St.
Plympton, MA 02367-1114
781-585-4551
Fax: 781-585-7660

Plympton Historical Society
189 Main St.
Plympton, MA 02367

 

Rochester

Plumb Memorial Library
17 Constitution Way
Rochester, MA 02770
508-763-8600

Rochester Historical Society
Rochester Historical Society Museum
355 County Rd.
Rochester, MA 02770

 

Rockland

Rockland Memorial Library
20 Belmont St.
Rockland, MA 02370
Phone: 781-878-1236
Fax: 781-878-4013

 

Scituate

Scituate Town Library
85 Branch St.
Scituate, MA 02066
(781) 545-8727

Scituate Historical Society
PO Box 276
Scituate, MA 02066
(781) 545-1083
Society headquarters are in the Kathleen Laidlaw Historical Center - "The Little Red Schoolhouse."
The Scituate Historical Society maintains nine historic sites and museums.

 

Wareham

Wareham Free Library
59 Marion Rd.
Wareham, MA 02571
508-295-2343
Fax: 508-295-2678

 

West Bridgewater

West Bridgewater Public Library Historical Room
80 Howard St.
West Bridgewater, MA 02379-1710
508-894-1255
Fax: 508-894-1258

Old Bridgewater Historical Society
Memorial Building
162 Howard Street
West Bridgewater, MA 02379
508-559-1510

Reverend James Keith House
River Street
West Bridgewater, MA 02379
Hours by appointment - call 508-559-1510

 

Whitman

Whitman Public Library
100 Webster St.
Whitman, MA 02382
781-447-7613

Whitman Historical Commission
Town Hall
Whitman, MA 02382
781-447-3267

 

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