You can learn a lot from your local historical society. Maybe a Native American Tribe once populated the area, maybe there used to be an ice cream factory, maybe the town boasted a high number of World War Two service men and women.
I discovered these and some other facts when I explored the Plymouth Historical Society. It was literally packed with display cases, mannequins in period or reproduction costumes, and artifacts such as Native American arrow heads and toys from an era gone by.
The only problem was that the old church building that housed the collections was not air conditioned. I cannot wait to go back and spend even more time reading the plaques and even the books they have. The staff is very nice and welcoming, so if you are in the area, please go visit them and learn about Plymouths past.