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Cedarville was founded on July 21st 1669. The area of swampy land was most utilized by the pilgrims to harvest cedar which was then made into shingles and sold. by the 18th century  the “Herring Pond Indian Reservation” was established and encompassed around 3000 acres of land. The “Second Meetinghouse” was originally situated  much further south than its current location as it had to be moved when it became overrun by blacksnakes and a Native American dwelling was constructed on the old land. In the year 1933 a stone engraved with Punic Lettering was found underneath this Native American dwelling seeming to suggest that Europeans had been to this location before it was settled. This stone still exists today in the Aptuxcet Trading Post in Bourne. In 1850 “The Second Meeting House” was replaced by the current standing meeting house on Herring Pond Road. 

Cedarville contained settlers from Sandwich and Plymouth and became a small farming community. A group of Hessian soldiers settled near the Native American lands near Pondville and intermarried with the Herring Pond Native Americans. Native Americans also married with Plymouth residents’ freed slaves. By 1803 Cedarville had plenty of resident to create a school, the Cedarville Schoolhouse. In 1861 the conditions of the Herring Pond Reservation were not good. More than 1/3rd of the population had died between 1846 and 1850 due mainly to consumption. By 1861 there were only 67 remaining members of the Herring Pond Tribe and. The reservation accounted for around 19 houses. Most of the residents were farmers but there also were 8 seamen as well as 1 carpenter and 1 barber. In 1869 a state law put an end to all Native America Reservations and what remained of the Herring Pond Reservation was divided between proprietors and the rest auctioned off in 1873. Current Cedarville residents are probable descendants of Herring Pond Native Americans if they have surnames such as Swift, Harding, Cahoon, Hirsch, Fletcher, and Nickerson. 

The swampy Cedarville land is perfect for cranberry bogs. Cranberry bogs have been a part of Cedarville since around 1850. Plymouth as a whole was one of the top producers of cranberries in the entire state of Massachusetts. In 1899 there were 2 documented cranberry growers in Cedarville: Alberto N. Haskell and John Mahoney. By 1921 this had grown to 4 cranberry growers: Haskell, John S. Dunn, George W. Douglas and Chester B. Haskell.  

In the later 19th century, Cedarville went through its biggest controversy. In 1880, Sally Pratt McLean, A schoolteacher moved to Cedarville to teach. After her teaching term she left Cedarville and wrote a book titled “Cape Cod Folks” about her time in Cedarville. She did not change and names in her book and portrayed the residents as unsophisticated. Because of this her publisher was sued in the first ever libel suit for a work of fiction in the USA. The suit ended with each specific person named in the book rewarded anywhere from 50 cents to 1,095 dollars.

Today Cedarville is growing into a summer community although it still retains its rural feel. A lot of the historic hoses are still in existence and are set on big wooded lots. Many of the residents in the are can trace back their ancestry back to the founders of Cedarville and to the Native Americans and farmers who first settled on Great Herring Pond.

Information Source > MA Historical Society

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