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Main Street, Looking North. Whately, Mass.

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Whately, Massachusetts, was incorporated in 1771 and named by Governor Hutchinson for Thomas Whately, a member of the British Parliament. The land in Whately is some of the most fertile in New England, and is one of the few areas where the fine Sumatra tobacco can be grown outside of Indonesia. Tobacco has been a cash crop in the area since the middle of the 19th century and was a large source of income in the town in the middle years of the 20th century. A good supply of water allowed the development of many mills. Whately also had a thriving pottery industry during the 19th century. Whately's main street is said to be one of the finest main streets in New England.


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