Abington MA Homes & Real Estate
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Abington is well-known as a bedroom community in Plymouth County bordered by Holbrook, Weymouth, Brockton, Rockland, and Whitman. It is very residential and many people commute elsewhere for work. It is approximately a 25-mile drive from Boston but is also accessible by an MBTA commuter rail stop on the Kingston/Plymouth line. There is no freeway access to town but Routes 18, 58, 123, and 139 pass through it. These roads are where most businesses are concentrated. Its 2019 population was 16,668.
“Old Abington,” as it was once called, wasn’t officially incorporated until 1712, though its first settlers came much earlier. It was originally part of the Bridgewater Purchase made by settlers of Duxbury in 1649 from the Wampanoag Federation. The native people called the Abington area Manamooskeagin. In the 1800s, what used to be South Abington became Whitman, and what was East Abington became Rockland. During this time, shoemaking became the first major industry.
Most of the lovely Ames Nowell State Park is in town. It features ten miles of trails, a ball field, and the man-made Cleveland Pond, which was created in the 1920s when Beaver Brook was dammed for industrial use at the shoe factories and mills of the past. There are a few other key places in town to seek solace in nature, one of them being Griffin Dairy Farm which started operating as a family farm in 1925. Today, the land is a park with a short loop trail and is the site of the Abington Community Garden.
Island Grove Park is made up of eleven acres of land and thirty-five acres of pond on the eastern side of town. This is a summer hub where people can be found swimming, picnicking, fishing, and trail-walking while children attend the Eager Beaver summer day camp. Its most unique feature is a sand bottom swimming pool, protected by a lifeguard. These activities along with swing sets, snack shack, and gazebo make it the perfect place to spend a sunny day with family and friends.
Thompson Pond Park has an interesting military history. In 1942, the site was home to Naval Air Station South Weymouth and blimp combat patrols. During WWII, these blimps helped protect US ships from German submarines. It continued to be used as a military site until 1997. Now it features two loop walking paths through meadow and forest terrains.
The west end of the Hanover Branch Rail Trail, also known as the Rockland Rail Trail, is in Abington. The paved path travels into Rockland and is great for walking, running, and biking.
Abington public school system is made up of an early education program, Beaver Brook Elementary, Woodsdale Elementary, and a newly renovated combination of High School and Middle School (2018). Their nickname is the Green Waves and their colors are green, gold, and white. Students can attend nearby South Shore Vocational-Technical High School in Hanover for free. Saint Bridget School is a Catholic parochial school serving students in grades K-8. There are a few private preschool and daycare options in town. The High School, Middle School, Town Hall, public library, track, and many sports fields are all located together on a cul-de-sac road smack dab in the middle of town. There are two main libraries in town, one of them being the Abington Public Library. The Dryer Memorial Library was founded in 1930 via the will of Marietta Dryer and has a collection of materials related to the local history of “Old Abington” (Abington, Rockland, and Whitman).
If you’re looking to get involved in the community, you might join one of many bowling leagues at Webster Timber Lanes, volunteer at the senior center, or join the Garden Club. Depending on the season, you might play nine holes at Strawberry Valley Golf Course or cross country ski it.
Bring your pooch to play and socialize in the Abington dog park, brand new as of 2019!
People from all over town come together for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Founder’s Day, summer concerts and magical Christmas festivities. The lighting of the tree at Island Grove attracts families with Santa visits, gingerbread making and wagon rides. The Garden Club hosts a popular annual Greens and Crafts Fair to raise money for the beautification of the Butterfly Park, opened in 2001, and other local community garden sites. The Christmas place is a hidden gem in Abington. It’s a one-stop-shop for all things holly and jolly, open from October through Christmas.
Abington is home to Christian, Baptist, Seventh-day Adventist and Pentecostal churches as well as a Buddhist Meditation Temple.
There are lots of small shopping centers along Route 18 with food establishments, personal care salons and other small businesses. Although there are a few large chains like Stop and Shop, Dunkin, and Target, you’re more likely to come across independent alternatives like markets and Mom-and-Pop shops. Route 58 is lined with sidewalks for easy pedestrian access.
Abington has mostly small and medium single-family, owner-occupied homes. Some of the biggest apartment communities in town are Halstead Abington, Woodlands at Abington Station, and The Claremont. All have desirable amenities including fitness centers and shared outdoor spaces like sports courts and grilling areas. Halstead and Woodlands have outdoor swimming pools and are just minutes away from the MBTA station. There is also a beautiful townhouse neighborhood called Gables Condominiums.
Overall, Abington is a friendly town of modest homes that’s great for commuters who want a suburban feel.
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