Onset, Massachusetts

Onset is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Wareham, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 1,573 at the 2010 census.[1]

Onset, Massachusetts
Onset Beach
Onset Beach
'Tesno' '0 Block'
Coordinates: 41°44′47″N 70°39′48″W / 41.74639°N 70.66333°WCoordinates: 41°44′47″N 70°39′48″W / 41.74639°N 70.66333°W
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 • Land1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
10 ft (3 m)
 • Total1,573
 • Density1,200/sq mi (460/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)508 Exchange: 759
FIPS code25-51160
GNIS feature ID0615548


Onset is located at 41°44′47″N 70°39′48″W / 41.74639°N 70.66333°W (41.746424, -70.663251).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.4 km² (1.3 mi²), of which 2.8 km² (1.1 mi²) is land and 0.6 km² (0.2 mi²) (16.92%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,292 people, 568 households, and 323 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 461.9/km² (1,192.7/mi²). There were 910 housing units at an average density of 325.3/km² (840.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 74.46% African American, 7.74% White, 0.23% Native American, 1.24% Asian, 13.08% from other races, and 3.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.78% of the population.

There were 568 households out of which 22.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.2% were married couples living together, 17.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.0% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $31,250, and the median income for a family was $36,739. Males had a median income of $37,629 versus $26,903 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $18,088. About 13.0% of families and 23.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.8% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.

Onset is home to the highest percentage (per capita) of Cape Verdean Americans in the United States.


Onset Junction Station, Onset, Mass. - ca. 1913
Onset Junction Station, ca. 1910

Onset was developed in the 1880s as a summer camp meeting for Spiritualists. Many of the existing cottages in Onset were built as second homes for individuals from Boston, Taunton, Brockton and other northeastern cities who gathered to hear mediums communicate with the dead. While it was run by the Spiritualists, the village was known as Onset Bay Grove.[4]


  1. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Onset CDP, Massachusetts". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ Moore, William D. (1997). "'To Hold Communion with Nature and the Spirit-World:' New England's Spiritualist Camp Meetings, 1865–1910". In Annmarie Adams and Sally MacMurray (ed.). Exploring Everyday Landscapes: Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, VII. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press. ISBN 0-87049-983-1.

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Arthur P. Peterson

Arthur Porter Peterson (November 21, 1858 – March 16, 1895) was a lawyer and politician of the Kingdom of Hawaii. He served two separate terms as Attorney General of Hawaii and was a member of Queen Liliuokalani's last cabinet before the Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii. He was arrested and jailed by the Republic of Hawaii in the aftermath of the 1895 Counter-Revolution and then exiled to San Francisco where he died of pneumonia.

Cape Verdean Americans

Cape Verdean Americans are Americans whose ancestors were Cape Verdean.

In 2010, the American Community Survey stated that there were 95,003 Americans living in the US with Cape Verdean ancestors.

Congregation Beth Israel (Onset, Massachusetts)

Congregation Beth Israel (Hebrew: בית ישראל‎) is an Orthodox congregation located in Onset, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. It is famous as the summer synagogue of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and some of his students from the 1950s until the mid-1960s, when his wife died. The clapboard building was originally a furniture store, before it was converted to a synagogue in 1948.Initially a destination for Jewish vacationers from Boston, Beth Israel now attracts Jews from Toronto, Montreal, and New York City from a "wide cross-section of Orthodoxy", including "Young Israel, Chabad, Chasidim from Montreal, Charedim, Carlebach Chasidim, very-left wing (Edah) and 'Conservadox'." The synagogue maintains three daily minyans throughout the summer and through the High Holidays.

Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Joseph Ber Soloveitchik (Hebrew: יוסף דב הלוי סולובייצ׳יק Yosef Dov ha-Levi Soloveychik; February 27, 1903 – April 9, 1993) was a major American Orthodox rabbi, Talmudist, and modern Jewish philosopher. He was a scion of the Lithuanian Jewish Soloveitchik rabbinic dynasty.

As a rosh yeshiva of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University in New York City, The Rav (variantly spelled The Rov), as he came to be known, ordained close to 2,000 rabbis over the course of almost half a century.

He served as an advisor, guide, mentor, and role-model for tens of thousands of Jews, both as a Talmudic scholar and as a religious leader. He is regarded as a seminal figure by Modern Orthodox Judaism.

List of museums in Massachusetts

This list of museums in Massachusetts is a list of museums, defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included. Also included are non-profit art and university art galleries.

Miss Massachusetts USA

The Miss Massachusetts USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Massachusetts in the Miss USA pageant. It is currently produced by The Clemente Organization based in Malden, Massachusetts, which also produces Maine pageant.

Massachusetts is not one of the more successful states in terms of number of placements or semi-finalists, their fortunes were improved in recent years when Shawnae Jebbia was crowned Miss USA in 1998 and Susie Castillo won the crown in 2003. Both Miss USA winners from Massachusetts were asked the same final question during the live telecasts.

Kelly O’Grady of Cambridge was crowned Miss Massachusetts USA 2019 on November 18, 2018 at Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell. She represented Massachusetts for the title of Miss USA 2019 on May 2, 2019 in Reno, Nevada.


Onset may refer to:

Onset (audio), the beginning of a musical note or sound

Interonset interval, a term in music

Syllable onset, a term in phonetics and phonology

Onset, Massachusetts, village in the United States

Onset Island (Massachusetts), a small island located at the western end of the Cape Cod Canal

The Onset, Liverpool indie rock group formed by Mike Badger of the La's

The Onset (album), a 2005 album by the band

USS Onset (SP-1224), a United States Navy patrol boat in commission from 1917 to 1918

Onset Island (Massachusetts)

Onset Island is a small island located at the western end of the Cape Cod Canal in the Town of Wareham, near Onset, Massachusetts. It is accessible by private boat. Approximately fifty families have summer homes on the island.

Generally, one needs to be a homeowner, a guest of a homeowner, or someone who has rented a cottage from a homeowner, to visit the island.


Spiritualism is a religious movement based on the belief that the spirits of the dead exist and have both the ability and the inclination to communicate with the living. The afterlife, or the "spirit world", is seen by spiritualists, not as a static place, but as one in which spirits continue to evolve. These two beliefs—that contact with spirits is possible, and that spirits are more advanced than humans—lead spiritualists to a third belief: that spirits are capable of providing useful knowledge about moral and ethical issues, as well as about the nature of God. Some spiritualists will speak of a concept which they refer to as "spirit guides"—specific spirits, often contacted, who are relied upon for spiritual guidance. Spiritism, a branch of spiritualism developed by Allan Kardec and today practiced mostly in Continental Europe and Latin America, especially in Brazil, emphasizes reincarnation.Spiritualism developed and reached its peak growth in membership from the 1840s to the 1920s, especially in English-speaking countries. By 1897, spiritualism was said to have more than eight million followers in the United States and Europe, mostly drawn from the middle and upper classes.

Spiritualism flourished for a half century without canonical texts or formal organization, attaining cohesion through periodicals, tours by trance lecturers, camp meetings, and the missionary activities of accomplished mediums. Many prominent spiritualists were women, and like most spiritualists, supported causes such as the abolition of slavery and women's suffrage. By the late 1880s the credibility of the informal movement had weakened due to accusations of fraud perpetrated by mediums, and formal spiritualist organizations began to appear. Spiritualism is currently practiced primarily through various denominational spiritualist churches in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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