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Peek Into Vanished Plymouth with the Help of Jabez Corner

If there's one thing that has fascinated people across time, it's history. As people, we have documented and chronicled history as far back as the Bronze Age, with verbal citations predating the written histories. It seems in our nature to want to learn more about our surroundings and document the societal, cultural, and physical changes that occur in those places. So, it should come as no surprise that Jim and Peggy Baker, residents of Jabez Corner in Plymouth, Massachusetts, wanted to document their own little crook of American History in an easy to access manner.

The Bakers come from a long line of family members who have called Jabez Corner their home for over 200 years. In that time, obviously, the family has seen many changes take place, shaping the community in various ways. Being history lovers, the Bakers decided to collect all of the information regarding these changes, origin stories, and more, and make them accessible to history lovers worldwide- or just down the road!

Jabez Corner itself has a fantastic, rich history. "It was Plymouth's 'first suburb', mentioned in colonial records as early as 1623 as the 'little town', 'Wellingsley', or 'Hobshole', Baker tells us. The little town went on to become the location of Plymouth's second school house in 1714 and was home to several early stores, workshops, wharves, fish-flakes for salting codfish and a chapel. Baker continues, detailing the corner's growth into the modern world. "Today there are still several 18th-century and numerous 19th-century houses and two stores, plus it is within walking distance of the Plymouth County Courthouse, Registry of Deeds, Plymouth Public Library and the Police Station on neighboring Obery Heights and Long Pond Road."

So what can readers find on the Jabez Corner website?

"Most of the web content is of local history- particularly that of the Jabez Corner neighborhood but also of Old Plymouth including images of what has been lost to modern development," explains Baker. "It also has the most complete online archive on the history of Grand Bahama Island, and will in time include essays on British Royalty from the Plantagenet and Tudor era."

Visitors to the physical location will find a wide variety of historic landmarks within a short distance. Jabez Corner itself is approximately a mile north of Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth Long Beach in the village of Chiltonville, and of course, just south of historic downtown Plymouth which is filled with Pilgrim-related monuments. "Even before the Pilgrims arrived, local Wampanoag bands lived on Hobshole Brook which marks the northern boundary of the neighborhood, and also on Eel River in Chiltonville to the south," states Baker.

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