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Fish Map of Duxbury

Black and white map of DuxburyMap of Duxbury, circa 1950
Henry Fish
Gift of E.D. Palmer, 1948.006.001

This is a copy of the original hand drawn map of Duxbury that was created by Henry Fish in 1924. It was reproduced as a foldout in his booklet, Duxbury Ancient and Modern. The map shows the locations of the original homes of the Pilgrims and other early inhabitants of Duxbury.

Henry A. Fish (1854-1926) came to Duxbury in the late 19th century to work on the Old Colony Railroad. He became the tree and caterpillar warden for the town of Duxbury and, as such, trekked through many miles of the town. He became fascinated with the earliest settlers of Duxbury and meticulously researched the location of their land grants. In 1924 he published a pamphlet and map to be sold at the train depot to those visiting Duxbury. A revised edition was published in 2012 to commemorate the 375th anniversary of Duxbury. For more information on the Mayflower families that settled in Duxbury, please see this page.


Cover of Duxbury: Ancient and Modern by Henry FishRelated Object: Cover of Duxbury Ancient and Modern, 1924, Henry Fish, Paper, DRHS Collection.

An early printing of Fish’s Duxbury Ancient and Modern, it originally sold for $1.00 to tourists coming to Duxbury and helped cover the costs of Fish’s household expenses after retiring.





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Digging Duxbury

The quest for archaeological evidence of the Pilgrim past began with an 1833 dig, one of the earliest in U.S. history.

Coming to a Pilgrim Town

Coming to a Pilgrim Town

Duxbury’s Pilgrim history, combined with the town’s natural beauty, initiated a tourist boom.

Collecting in a Pilgrim Town

Collecting in a Pilgrim Town

The tourism boom brought another enterprise, the creation and sale of Pilgrim-themed souvenirs.

Lasting Legacy

Duxbury's Lasting Legacy

Duxbury never forgot its Pilgrim origins. How could it? The names continue to generate interest today.
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