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New Bedford in Bristol County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Making Room-Johnny Cake Hill

New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park

 

óNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior ó

 
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By Don Morfe, September 30, 2010
1. Making Room Marker
Inscription. Making Room-During the days when New Bedford dominated the whaling trade, 10,000 seamen were required to sail the fleet. Pacific islanders, New England farm boys, Cape Verdeans, Portuguese from the Azores, Wampanoag Indians, and immigrants from Europe found their way to this neighborhood.

All of the buildings featured in this 1907 photograph--on what then was called Bethel Street—stood here and catered to roving seamen.

The “floating population” of this whaling town—those citizens going to sea or returning from sea—had to sleep somewhere. Most rested their heads in the boardinghouses that sprang up near the waterfront, like those pictured here.

The New Bedford “Whaling Museum” sits at the top of the hill today. With the construction of the whaling museumís building here in 1915 most of the former seamenís services began to vanish. The street was renamed Johnny Cake Hill shortly after the whaling museum was built. The name “Johnny Cake” honors a regional fare of cornmeal pancakes, made originally from maize and most likely, taught to early settlers by American Indians.

Photo Courtesy New Bedford Whaling Museum.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 41° 
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By Don Morfe, September 30, 2010
2. Making Room Marker
One Johnny Cake Hill-former boarding house
38.071′ N, 70° 55.407′ W. Marker is in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in Bristol County. Marker is on Union Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford MA 02740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain Paul Cuffe (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Captain Paul Cuffe (a few steps from this marker); Twentieth-Century Whaling (a few steps from this marker); Trial by Fire (a few steps from this marker); A Tribute of Respect to Enterprising Whalemen (within shouting distance of this marker); The Seamen's Bethel (within shouting distance of this marker); Viking (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Seamenís Bethel (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in New Bedford.
 
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Making Room Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 30, 2010
3. Making Room Marker
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Making Room Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 30, 2010
4. Making Room Marker
Sculpture in front of the Whaling Museum
Making Room-Johnny Cake Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
5. Making Room-Johnny Cake Hill Marker
View of the marker looking north along Johnny Cake Hill.
Making Room-Johnny Cake Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
6. Making Room-Johnny Cake Hill Marker
View of the marker looking west along Union Street.
Making Room-Johnny Cake Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2015
7. Making Room-Johnny Cake Hill Marker
View of the marker looking east along Union Street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 419 times since then and 23 times this year. Last updated on , by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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