Marion is a town that captures the essence and heart of New England. The streets in the village section of Marion are lined with houses that are reminiscent of a time long since past. The New England charm of tree-lined streets and white picket fences is evident throughout the village. There is still a General Store in the center of the village and the Post Office is directly across the street as is the Sippican Historical Society.
Until the mid-1800s when Marion stepped out as its own town, Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester were all part of the colony of Sippican, established in the early 1600s as an extension of the Plymouth Bay Colony. During Marion’s “Golden Age” in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the town became an escape from city life for many prominent people, among them Mark Twain, Henry James, President Grover Cleveland and Ethel Barrymore were but a few of the famous faces that graced Marion’s shores. Later, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a summer resident.
Marion is also home to Tabor Academy, a well-known preparatory school. The picture perfect campus spreads out across the center of the town and along the coast. Taking full advantage of the water, Tabor offers athletics in crew and sailing, including training on its 92-foot schooner the Tabor Boy.
Marion’s harbor is listed on the charts as Sippican Harbor. It is one of the prettiest harbors in Buzzards Bay. In the summer the harbor is filled with boats of every size. Buzzards Bay is a is a boater’s paradise. It is known for its southwest winds that kick up a blow almost every afternoon.
Marion’s luxurious oceanfront location shaped the town’s present as a getaway for vacationers and residents to escape the rigors of city life. People who live here enjoy the charms of Cape Cod without the traffic jams and commute over the bridges.
Watch this video for a peek at the outstanding fireworks Marion displays every Fourth of July on Silvershell Beach.