Massachusetts is one of the places where modern American history began. It is where the first colonies began when the Mayflower landed near Provincetown. It is a state that can trace its European history back hundreds of years, further than anywhere else in the country. It isn’t just one or two places in Massachusetts with an extensive colonial history; it is almost everywhere. Towns like Maynard, Norfolk, Marblehead, and Lynn are just some of the many incredible Massachusetts towns with rich histories.
Stockbridge, Chatham, and Northampton are three more historic communities within the state. Stockbridge is on the far west end of the state near the New York border. It is in the Berkshires, a nature-filled area with gorgeous sights, and is the site of the Norman Rockwell Museum, which features great works from the 20th-century master.
Lastly, we have Sturbridge, Newburyport, and New Bedford. Sturbridge is a small and historical town that borders Connecticut to the south. Home to roughly 10,000 residents, it is a quiet place with a history stretching back hundreds of years. That history is commemorated in Old Sturbridge Village, a living museum replica of the town in the 1830s.
Newburyport is a coastal city not far from the New Hampshire border that includes small parts of Plum Island. It is a historic seaport with a major tourism industry due to the beaches, ocean views, and the picturesque look of the town. New Bedford is a city of over 100,000 residents. It is located on Buzzard’s Bay, across the water from Naushon Island. New Bedford is a historic whaling and fishing hotspot with a thriving downtown filled with shops, restaurants, and museums.