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Encyclopedia > Whitman, Massachusetts
Whitman, Massachusetts
Whitman Town Hall
Location in Plymouth County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°04′50″N 70°56′10″W / 42.08056, -70.93611
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Plymouth
Settled 1670
Incorporated 1875
Government
 - Type Open town meeting
Area
 - Town  7.0 sq mi (18.1 km²)
 - Land  7.0 sq mi (18.0 km²)
 - Water  0.0 sq mi (0.0 km²)
Elevation  110 ft (34 m)
Population (2000)
 - Town 13,882
 - Density 1,995.7/sq mi (770.5/km²)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 02382
Area code(s) 339 / 781
FIPS code 25-79530
GNIS feature ID 0618355
Website: http://www.ci.whitman.ma.us/

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The village of Auburnville is located at the southwest edge of Whitman.

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History

Whitman was first settled by Europeans in 1670 and was officially incorporated in 1875. Prior to becoming Whitman, it was formally the southern parish of the town of Abington. The new name, Whitman, was taken from a wealthy family who grew up in South Abington, and was adopted in 1886. Though before adopting the name Whitman, the small town was known as Little Comfort. Year 1670 (MDCLXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 10-day slower Julian calendar). ... 1875 (MDCCCLXXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Plymouth County Settled 1668 Incorporated 1712 Government  - Type Open town meeting Area  - Town  10. ... Year 1886 (MDCCCLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


Whitman has a rich history that is deeply rooted in the shoemaking industry. Regal Shoe and Bostonian Shoe are perhaps the most notable. At one time there were over 20 shoe factories and related factories making metal shanks in town. There are a few abandoned factories left, and some have been turned into condominiums.


In the late 1930s, Ruth Graves Wakefield invented chocolate chip cookies in Whitman at the Toll House Inn on Bedford Street. The Toll House burned completely on New Year's Eve 1984, in a fire that originated in the kitchen. The inn was not rebuilt. The site is marked with a historical marker, and that land is now home to a Wendy's restaurant and Walgreens Pharmacy. The former Whitman Savings Bank was also the first in the country to offer Savings Bank Life Insurance (SBLI). Home of the famous Peaceful Meadows Ice Cream house. In 1964 The Venus Cafe was founded by former professional Wrestler Peter Drosos, who fought under the name Pete "The Golden Greek", the Venus is widely reguarded as the best pizza in the area. Also home of Saftler's Inc, one of the oldest and largest independently owned fabric stores in the country. Ruth Graves Wakefield (June 17, 1903-January 10, 1977) was the inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie. ... Normal sized semi-sweet chocolate chips Chocolate chips are small chunks of chocolate. ... Toll House Inn near Whitman, Massachusetts was established in 1930 by Kenneth and Ruth Graves Wakefield. ...


Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 18.1 km² (7.0 mi²). 18.0 km² (7.0 mi²) of it is land and 0.14% is water. Statistically, the town is the 327th of 351 communities in the Commonwealth by land area, and is the second smallest (above only Hull) in Plymouth County. Whitman is bordered by Abington to the north, Rockland to the northeast, Hanson to the southeast, East Bridgewater to the south, and the city of Brockton to the west. Whitman's town center is approximately 4-1/2 miles east of the center of Brockton, and is approximately twenty-four miles south of Boston. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Hull is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Plymouth County Settled 1668 Incorporated 1712 Government  - Type Open town meeting Area  - Town  10. ... Rockland is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Plymouth County Settled 1632 Incorporated 1820 Government  - Type Open town meeting Area  - Town  15. ... East Bridgewater is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Nickname: Location in Plymouth County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Plymouth County Settled 1700 Incorporated 1821 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor James E. Harrington (D) Area  - City  21. ... Boston redirects here. ...


The small town today is mostly residential, with a small town forest in the northeast corner of town. The eastern half of the town is divided by the Shumatuscacant River, which is dammed near the town center at the site of the town's mills. The eastern half of town is also dominated by two meadows, the Hobart Meadow to the north and the Bear Meadow to the south, both along the banks of the river. Shumatuscacant River and environs The Shumatuscacant River is a small river (8. ...


Transportation

The intersection of Route 18 and Route 27 is at the center of town. Route 14 also intersects with Route 27, about three quarters of a mile south of the town center. Route 58 also crosses through the eastern corner of town. There are no interstates or divided highways in town; the nearest highway is Route 24 which passes through Brockton. Massachusetts Route 18, is a south-north state highway in Massachusetts. ... Route 27 is a north-south Massachusetts state route that runs from Kingston to Chelmsford. ... Massachusetts Route 14 // Routing Eastern Terminus: Duxbury, Massachusetts Western Terminus: Brockton, Massachusetts Communities along the route Duxbury Brockton History In 1933, the western terminus of MA Route 14 was at MA Route 3. ... Route 58 is a south-north state highway in Massachusetts. ... Massachusetts State Highway 24 (Route 24) is a freeway (though not up to Interstate Highway standards north of I-495) in Southeastern Massachusetts, linking Fall River with the Boston metropolitan area. ...


Whitman has a stop, located on Route 27, along the Kingston-Route 3 route of the MBTA's commuter rail. The rail, formerly the Old Colony Line, passes through the eastern half of town, east of the mill ponds and meadows. There is no air service to the town; the nearest national and international air service can be reached at Logan International Airport in Boston. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts [2] formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area. ... For the Logan airport in Billings, Montana, see Billings Logan International Airport. ...


Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 13,882 people, 4,999 households, and 3,604 families residing in the town. The population density was 770.1/km² (1,995.7/mi²). There were 5,104 housing units at an average density of 283.1/km² (733.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.15% White, 0.65% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 4,999 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.9% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.30. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $55,303, and the median income for a family was $63,706. Males had a median income of $41,950 versus $30,629 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,002. About 2.0% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.8% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Statistically, Whitman is the 133rd largest community by population and 52nd most densely populated in the state. On average, Whitman's population is below the average but above the median, and its population density is well above the state average.


Government

On the national level, Whitman is a part of Massachusetts's 9th congressional district, and has been represented since 2001 by Stephen Lynch. The state's senior (Class I) member of the United States Senate, re-elected in 2006, is Ted Kennedy. The junior (Class II) Senator, up for re-election in 2008, is John Kerry. Massachusetts Congressional District 9 is a congessional district in eastern Massachusetts. ... Stephen F. Lynch (born March 31, 1955), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since he was elected to replace the late Congressman Joe Moakley, who died in office in 2001. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... Edward Moore Ted Kennedy (born February 22, 1932) is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ...


On the state level, Whitman is represented in the Massachusetts House of Representatives as a part of the Seventh Plymouth district, which includes the towns of Abington and East Bridgewater. The town is represented in the Massachusetts Senate as a part of the Second Plymouth and Bristol district, which includes Brockton, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson and portions of East Bridgewater and Easton.[1] The town is patrolled by the First (Norwell) Barracks of Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police.[2] The Massachusetts House of Representatives is the lower house of the Massachusetts General Court, the bicameral state legislature of Massachusetts. ... The Massachusetts Senate is the upper house of the Massachusetts General Court, the bicameral state legislature of Massachusetts. ... The Massachusetts State Police (MSP) is an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety responsible for criminal law enforcement and traffic vehicle regulation across the state. ...


Whitman is governed by the open town meeting form of government, and is led by a town manager and a board of selectmen. The town's police department is located in the rear of the town hall at the center of town. The town's fire department is located further west along Route 27. It has its own ambulance service, and patients needing emergency care are brought to Brockton Hospital. The town's post office is located just east of the town hall. The Whitman Public Library is located a block south of Route 27, having moved into its first stand-alone branch in 1982 after seventy-five years in the town hall basement. Between the library and the fire department is a National Guard armory. The town also operates a playground and pool at the town park, just north of the town hall. An Open Town Meeting is a form of municipal legislature, typical in the New England region of the United States. ... The Board of Selectmen is commonly the executive arm of town government in New England. ... The United States National Guard is a reserve forces component of the United States Army (the Army National Guard) and the United States Air Force (the Air National Guard). ...


Education

Since the mid-1960s, Whitman has been paired with Hanson as a part of the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District. There are two elementary schools in town; the Park Avenue School serves pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students, and the Duval and Conley Schools (in the east and west parts of town, respectively) serve students from kindergarten through fifth grade. The Whitman Middle School, located south of Route 27 in the western part of town, serves students from sixth to eighth grades. Students from both Whitman and Hanson towns attend Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, along Route 27 on the Hanson side of the road. Students moved into the new, more technologically advanced school building in 2005 from the previous school, which was closer to the road. Whitman-Hanson's teams are known as the Panthers, and their colors are crimson and black. One of their chief rivals is nearby Abington, whom they play in the annual Thanksgiving Day football game. (The former Whitman High School, by the way, is still standing; it is located just north of the Town Park.) This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in much of North America, generally observed as an expression of gratitude, usually to God. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...


In addition to Whitman-Hanson, students may choose to attend South Shore Regional Vocational Technical High School in Hanover free of charge. There are no private schools in the town, but both Hanson and Brockton have private schools. The nearest college is Massasoit Community College in neighboring Brockton. Massasoit Community College is a two-year community college in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ...


Notable current and former residents

Lennie Baker was born on April 18, 1946, in Whitman, Massachusetts. ... For the Lauryn Hill single, see Doo Wop (That Thing). ... Sha Na Na Sha Na Na is a rock and roll/comedy group from New York City, who perform covers of doo wop hits from the 1950s, simultaneously reviving and sending up the music, as well as 1950s New York street culture, in their performances. ... Sean Wayne Conover (born July 31, 1984 in Brockton, Massachusetts) is an American football defensive end who currently plays for the National Football Leagues Tennessee Titans. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... NFL redirects here. ... James Lowder (born January 2, 1963) is an American author and editor, working most often within the fantasy, dark fantasy, and horror genres. ... This article is about the American actor. ... CatholicTV is a television and on-line provider that broadcasts and distributes Catholic religious programming, via cable, satellite and the Internet. ... Steve Smith. ... Journey is an American rock band formed in 1973 in San Francisco, California. ... Francis Joseph Cardinal Spellman, (4 May 1889–2 December 1967) was an American prelate, the ninth bishop and sixth archbishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of New York. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      This article... In Christianity, an archbishop is an elevated bishop. ... Catholic Church redirects here. ... St. ... Ruth Graves Wakefield (June 17, 1903-January 10, 1977) was the inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie. ... A plate of chocolate chip cookies A chocolate chip cookie The chocolate chip cookie, also known as the Toll House Cookie, was developed by Ruth Graves Wakefield, owner of The Toll House Restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts, in 1930. ...

References

  1. ^ Index of Legislative Representation by City and Town, from Mass.gov
  2. ^ Station D-1, SP Norwell

External links

  • Whitman Express

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