September 24, 2007

Satucket Confusion


a Cortland apple

On Saturday I took the girls to C.N. Smith Farm in East Bridgewater, MA. All year I’ve been waiting to do that, because the last time I took them by there was in October and I had just missed picking season. It was bugging me all year.

I posted some pix to Flickr, and noticed something funny. When I added location data to the images, Flickr reported that the photos were taken in Satucket, MA.

That’s odd. The signs seemed to indicate East Bridgewater. The farm advertises its location as being East Bridgewater.

There is a Satucket River in East Bridgewater.

But this threw me for a loop: The Widow’s War on Barnes & came up in a search for Satucket, MA. And it has this blurb (emphasis mine):

Married for twenty years to Edward Berry, Lyddie is used to the trials of being a whaler’s wife in the Cape Cod village of Satucket, Massachusetts—running their house herself during her husband’s long absences at sea, living with the daily uncertainty that Edward will simply not return.

If Satucket is part of what is now called East Bridgewater, that’s perhaps the farthest from the Cape I’ve ever heard a town called a Cape Cod village.

Finally, after a bit more searching, I found this fun fact on the Chatham Vacation Rentals site:

Harwich was originally known as Satucket by the original Native American inhabitants.

And, actually, you can find this claim in a few places on the intarweb. For you non-Bay-Staters, Harwich is definitely on the Cape, but nowhere near East Bridgewater.

So, it looks like Flickr may simply be confused about the location (and era) of Satucket. But I will defer to friends who grew up near the area. East Bridgewater is only a couple of miles south of Whitman and Abbington, and I know that Chuck and Derek grew up ‘round there. Ever hear of “Satucket?”


This must be the day for web app confusion. I just got an email from Amazon. Here is a snippet:

As someone who has purchased the comedy series Two and a Half Men on DVD, we thought you’d like to know that the new comedy […]

Purchased Two and a Half Men on DVD? I think not. I don’t even think I’ve ever watched the show.

Posted by James at September 24, 2007 8:17 AM
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Sounds like when a Twitter app identified Sara as living in Sweden. I'm still waiting for her to invite me over.

Posted by: Mike at September 24, 2007 9:14 AM

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