Hanson MA Homes & Real Estate

Settled as part of Pembroke in 1632, Hanson is a Plymouth County town with fifteen square miles of land. It was officially founded as its own town in 1820 and named for 1800s American newspaper publisher and U.S. Senator Alexander Contee Hanson. Today, it is bordered by Rockland, Hanover, Pembroke, Halifax, East Bridgewater, and Whitman. The population in 2019 was 10,914. Routes 27, 58 and 14 travel through town but it is not immediately accessible from the main highway. Because of its location, the traffic is mainly limited to locals and doesn’t get too congested. There are MBTA commuter rail stops in Hanson and the neighboring towns Halifax and Whitman, making Boston directly reachable. 

Interestingly, Hanson was the locale of one of the original cranberry operations in the 1930s that would grow into the Ocean Spray giant we know today.

Hanson is part of the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District. Hanson Middle School (grades five through eight)  and Indian Head Elementary School (kindergarten through grade four) are located in town, whereas the high school is in Whitman. Whitman-Hanson Regional High School competes in twenty-four varsity sports over a course of three athletic seasons, their mascot is the Panther and their colors are red and black. Students may also attend South Shore Technical High School in Hanover free of charge.

There’s no shortage of activities and opportunities for kids in Hanson. Boss Academy of Performing Arts offers training in dance, acting, modeling, voice, tumbling and musical theater for learners ages two to eighteen. They run classes all year-round as well as summer-specific programs. 

Behind and across the street from the Elementary school are a playground, multiple sports courts, baseball fields, and a skate park.

Hanson Athletic Association is an active private members club with function hall and outdoor pavilion rentals available to the public. Entertainment amenities include a bowling alley, horseshoe pits, and softball fields.

The beloved Camp Kiwanee, located on Maquan Pond, runs a drama kids camp, yoga classes, and swim lessons at Cranberry Cove, a public beach with docks and designated swimming areas. They also have thirty-four rustic cabins, a cottage, and tent sites available to rent for camping or large events like weddings. Fishing is allowed on the pond, and they sometimes host events and concerts. 

Rainbow Camp opened in 1949, repurposing farm property on Maquan as a Massachusetts homebase for The International Order of Rainbow for Girls, a non-profit organization striving to give young women a space to develop leadership, confidence and a passion for community service. The girls camp runs sports and arts activities all summer. 

The Hanson Public Library is a member of the SAILS Library Network and also has additional access to the Commonwealth Catalog, expanding its resources by millions of items. The Marie McLaughlin Historical Room is home to local historical print materials. In addition to their in-house collection of physical books, ebooks and audiobooks are accessible, as well as museum passes for free or discounted admission to over a dozen local museums and institutions. Teens can enjoy a lounge with access to games and study space, and children can look forward to storytime events.

Hanson Historical Society has been collecting and preserving historical town artifacts since 1961. From time to time they host lectures on various historical topics, and they also host the summer Strawberry Festival and autumn Harvest and Craft Fair. 

For outdoor summer fun, you’ll want to swing by The Blueberry Farm, serving up pick-your-own experiences for 20+ years, or Hanson Day, held by the Hanson Business Network along with the town itself out on the town green. There are live music and dance performances, food trucks, and tons of representation from local businesses and organizations, including the Hanson Food Pantry. 

Green Hanson is an organization that hosts a Green Up Clean Up every spring, fueled by volunteers who want to keep their space litter-free and tidy. 

You might be shocked to know Hanson has an airport. Cranland Airport is a single runway, public use airport for small planes. If you’re feeling daring, you can go skydiving there!

In terms of shopping and seeking services in Hanson, your options will be heavily local and small business-focused. If you do your research you will find mom-and-pop stores, quaint ice cream shops and farms that sell eggs and homemade artisan goods that have a real homey feel. There are very few chains and franchises in Hanson. However, you won’t have to travel too far out of town to find these things.

Hanson has Baptist, Catholic and Protestant churches.

As with many similar quiet towns in the vicinity, the natural areas are some of the town’s best assets. Veterans Memorial Town Forest, across the street from Indian Head Elementary School, is Hanson’s first conservation area, dating back to 1938. You can find a portion of the 230-mile Bay Circuit Trail running through, as well as trail access to the manmade Wampatuck Pond, good for fishing and paddling. Following the Bay Circuit trail you may also end up at the Alton J. Smith Reserve, a stroller-friendly collection of trails amongst retired cranberry bogs. This area has access to 121-acre Indian Head Pond, surrounded by woodlands and suitable for fishing, paddling, ice fishing and ice skating. 

If you find yourself admiring Wampatuck Pond from a walk along Route 58, definitely check out the Nathaniel Thomas Mill, over on the sidewalk side of the street. From the late 1600s through the 1900s it acted as a sawmill, a grist mill, a tack manufacturer, survived a few fires and went through a dozen or so different owners before reaching the structure we see today, which was rebuilt in 1976. It is now available for daily rentals as a unique space for events.

Other peaceful spots include Oldham Pond along the Pembroke line, Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area (great for biking and spotting animals), two miles of trails at the Webster-Billings Conservation Area, and Shumatuscacant River and Poor Meadow Brook which converge on the west side of town. 

Though Hanson is small, it has a few notable sections. Monponsett borders Halifax and has its own post office and zip code. South Hanson has a section called Burrage. Brentwood is in the northeastern region. Developed in the 1970s, it is full of cul-de-sac neighborhoods and many colonials and ranches. 

Hanson is full of single-family houses but has many condo and townhouse options. Franklin Village is a condo neighborhood featuring freestanding homes, whereas Saw Mill Lane and Great Cedar condos have two or more homes within each building. Active senior condo communities have a place here as well: Stonebridge, Liberty Woods and Dunham Farm just to name a few.

If you appreciate supporting local business for most of your needs and want to be surrounded by peaceful, natural resources, Hanson is the place to settle. 

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Hanson May 20, 2022
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$564,900
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