In 1924, Henry A. Fish penned a booklet that became one of the most important local references on early Duxbury residents.
Critical though it was, the work was cumbersome to use. While it detailed the locations of Duxbury’s earliest European home sites and roads, and was packed with well-known family names such as Alden, Bradford, Brewster, and Delano, it had no alphabetical index. The numerical key to its map was nothing less than bizarre, according to Bill McArdle, chairman of the publications committee for the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society.