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Halifax Geography

The town of Halifax is located near the center of Plymouth County – 28 miles from Boston and 12 miles from Plymouth. It contains 11,285 acres; 1700 of it water and about 200 swamp. Halifax is the only town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which was incorporated on the Fourth of July, (July 4, 1734). It was named in honor ...

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Civil War Monument, Halifax

In 1812, the town of Halifax mustered an entire military company to fight in the war against the British. This company, the oldest in the State, was chartered by John Hancock in 1792. It later served in the Civil War. The Halifax company was one of the first organizations to respond to President Lincoln’s April 16, 1861 call to arms. ...

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Pope’s Tavern, Halifax

Pope’s Tavern was built in 1820. It still stands today in the center of town, opposite the Halifax Congregational Church at the corner of South Street and Plymouth Street. Daniel Webster frequently visited the tavern, which was also an inn. At a Republican Convention held there, John Quincy Adams was nominated to the office of U.S. Congressman, to which he ...

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Observation Tower, Halifax Town Hall, 1942

OBSERVATION TOWER For those who don’t know about this “tower” it was added to the roof of the Town Hall in 1942 during the Second World War. As the name implies it was built so that town residents could take turns watching for enemy planes. There was a vote at the March 1942 Town Meeting to instruct the Town Clerk ...

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Standish Manor in Halifax

Standish Manor or “The Meadows,” consisted of a modernized farmhouse, with about 700 acres of land. On this land were three farmhouses with outbuildings for the farmers. The main structure was a square old-fashioned mansion. Considerable extensions had been added making an attractive home with twenty-five rooms, five tiled bathrooms, one servant’s bathroom and two toilet rooms, with all the ...

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