Like all good New England towns, Quincy, about 10 miles south of Boston, is not pronounced the obvious way: say 'Quin-zee' if you want to talk like the locals. Quincy was first settled in 1625 by a handful of raucous colonists who could not stand the strict and stoic ways in Plymouth.
During its heyday as a whaling port (1765–1860), New Bedford commanded as many as 400 whaling ships. This vast fleet brought home hundreds of thousands of barrels of whale oil for lighting America's lamps. Novelist Herman Melville worked on one of these ships for four years, and thus set his celebrated novel, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, in New Bedford.
The sprawling community of Tiverton stretches out lazily alongside the Sakonnet River, with views of distant sailing vessels and Aquidneck Island. The further south you explore on RI 77, the prettier the landscape becomes with ramshackle farm stands selling fresh produce, rolling fields extending in all directions and tantalizing flashes of the ocean in the distance.
'You sank my battleship!' This cry was ne’er heard aboard the mighty USS Massachusetts, a hulk of a craft that survived 35 battles in WWII, gunning down almost 40 aircraft and never losing a man in combat. Today, this heroic ship sits in a quiet corner of Mt Hope Bay known as Battleship Cove.