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Interesting Facts about Massachusetts

These Massachusetts state facts will expand your knowledge of this state, informing you of both historical and cultural facts that you may not know, even if you live here! Let's find out what makes this place so unique:

1. 552 of the original documents from the Salem witch trials in 1692 are still preserved and stored in the Peabody Essex Museum.

2. The town of Franklin was the first place to change its name in 1778 to honor Benjamin Franklin. 30 other communities followed suit.

3. Four U.S. Presidents were born in Norfolk County: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John F. Kennedy, and George Herbert Walker Bush.

4. One house in the city of Rockport is made entirely from newspaper.

5. William G. Morgan in Hotyoke, invented a game called Mintonette in 1895 that was eventually renamed Volleyball.

6. The Fig Newton is named after the city of Newton, Massachusetts.

7. The Basketball Hall of Fame is located in Springfield.

8. The first mayor of Boston to own an automobile was James Michael Curley. His plate number was 576 which is the number of letters in his name. To this day, the current mayor's official car uses the same numbers on their plate.

9. Lowell was the first planned industrial city and the location where the industrial revolution began.

10. Boston Common was the first public park in America. It opened in 1634.

11. The first basketball game was played in 1891 in the city of Springfield.

12. Two of the largest city in New England are in Massachusetts: Boston and Worcester.

13. Quincy has the first Dunkin Donuts located on Hancock Street.

14. The first zip code in the U.S. is in Agawam. It is 01001.

15. Birth control pills were first invented at Clark University in Worcester.

16. The famous Harvard college was the first of its kind in North America. It was founded 1636.

17. There is a pilgrim wax museum called The Pilgrim National Wax Museum, it is located in Plymouth and is the ony museum of its kind devoted entirely to the pilgrim's story.

18. Each year on December 16th, the Boston Tea Party is reenacted in the Boston Harbor.

19. The first Thanksgiving celebration occurred in Plymouth in 1621.

20. There are fourteen counties in Massachusetts that made up 43 cities and 308 towns.

21. Rubber was first vulcanized by Charles Goodyear in Woburn in 1839.

22. The first sewing machine was invented by Elias Howe from Boston in 1845.

23. The official state dessert is Boston cream pie.

24. The first public beach was Revere beach in Massachusetts.

25. The third Monday in April each year is a legal holiday called Patriot's Day.

These Massachusetts state facts showcase all the things that make this state so unique.

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