Rochester, once part of Marion, lost its coastline with the separation of Marion and Mattapoisett in the 1850s. Formerly known as Sippican, Rochester was also once included in the Town of Wareham. In 1852 Marion was formed. Marion?s historical origins include Huguenot settlements as far back as 1679. The community derives its name from Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion. Acushnet?s fascinating rustic past sparks memories of the ?Friends? or Quakers. In fact, the community?s oldest house of worship is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today it operates as a non-profit museum-park organization. Acushnet was also home to a great many whaleboat captains. Recreation in Marion is a luxuriant adventure. In warmer months residents and visitors alike admire the coastal community as it comes alive with swimming, pleasure boating, golf and tennis. The hockey rink sometimes opens its doors to the public, thanks to the Tabor Academy. Rochester offers several riding stables and the 18-hole Rochester Golf Course. Acushnet is special in its own right. The lovely Acushnet River Valley Golf Course, lined with pretty meadows and winding streams, abounds with magical splendor. Acushnet?s Historical Society, artisans and growers collaborate each autumn to present the popular Apple/Peach Festival, enticing guests from far and wide. This event is held on the Long Plain Museum site where ancient burial grounds are kept in perpetual restoration. The charming waterfront communities of Marion, Rochester and Acushnet offer lovely natural appeal, stable economies, solid educational choices, priceless historical bounty, and a plethora of activities for business and families alike.
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