Hingham MA Homes & Real Estate
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Bare Cove was first colonized by the English in 1633, and two years later the town was incorporated as the twelfth town in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and renamed Hingham, after Hingham, Norfolk in England. It wasn’t until 1665 that the local Wampanoag tribe’s chief granted the township officially to Captain Joshua Hobart and in 1770 Cohasset broke off as a separate town. Fishing, farming, shipping, and milling were the primary occupations of revolutionary wartime. The town is also well-known for its Old Bucket Factory run by steam power on Cushing Pond, which standardized the process of wooden bucket making. The creation of woodenware for the home remained a major source of non-agricultural income throughout the 1800s.
Today “Bucket Town” is a part of Plymouth County and had a population of 24,679 in 2019. It shares borders with Weymouth, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Rockland, and Hull. Routes 3 and 53 each have one exit in town, 3A also runs near the bay and 228 almost bisects the town north to south. The MBTA commuter rail Greenbush line has two stops in town and two bus lines come and go from Hingham Depot on Station Street. A huge perk of Hingham is the commuter ferry service from the shipyard right to Long Wharf in downtown Boston for easy access to the waterfront, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the aquarium, and more. But if you don’t care to visit the city, Hingham has city amenities all wrapped up in a small, suburban town.
Hingham has a seemingly endless supply of conservation land for public enjoyment, including Burns Memorial Park, Triphammer Pond Park, Broad Cove, Bathing Beach Park, Turkey Hill and so much more.
The better part of Wompatuck State Park is in Hingham. Its 3,500+ acres encompass 40 miles of trails, over 250 campsites, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and boating. If you’re feeling adventurous, explore abandoned bunkers and military buildings from the past throughout the property left over from the Cohasset Annex.
Walking spots with views of the water aren’t hard to find. Bare Cove Park stretches along the banks of the Weymouth Back River with miles of trails, both paved and not. World’s End offers magnificent views of the Boston Skyline and the Weir River and Hingham Harbor. Its land formations were created by glaciers, and you can join groups there for moonlight hikes and exploration walks. Stoddard’s Neck is a peninsula at the mouth of the Back River. Follow the loop path for an almost 360° river view. This location is popular for dog walking and strollers.
The Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park is a collection of thirty-four islands and peninsulas, some of which are in the Hingham Bay area: Button Island, Langlee Island, Sarah Island, Ragged Island, and World’s End. They can all be accessed by boat although some are too overgrown to be comfortably explored.
Hingham has three major shopping areas: The Launch at Hingham Shipyard, Derby Street Shops, and Hingham Downtown. The Shipyard and Derby are each a highly curated collection of shops, restaurants, and services that create a destination-like feel. Derby is located conveniently just off the Route 3 highway, and the Shipyard is just off Route 3A. The Downtown area is full of local, small businesses on two neighboring streets with a strong sense of community and small-town charm.
Just down the road from the Downtown area is the South Shore Country Club. They teach golf lessons, host sports camps, and have a public candlepin bowling alley.
Black Rock Country Club is a distinguished facility for golfing, dining, fitness, swimming, summer camp, weddings, and events. They have different membership levels available, as well as residential condos on the property.
The pull for many people renting or buying apartments and condos in Hingham is the proximity to the water. A lot of these places are near the shipyard. Brio Hingham Condominium is on the western part of Shipyard Drive while Hewitts Landing Condominium is down the road toward the eastern part. Apartment option Avalon Residences is also at the east end of Shipyard Drive while The Cove is near Beal Cove and across from Great Esker Park.
There are three main senior living facilities in town, all equipped with valuable amenities. Linden Ponds Senior Living Community, Bridges by EPOCH, and Allerton House at Harbor Park all offer one or two-bedroom apartments, medical care, clubs, dining venues, fitness classes, and levels of memory care.
Crow Point is an area coveted for its spectacular and enviable waterfront views of Hingham Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Home styles vary from beach bungalows to multi-million dollar, sizable properties. Hingham Yacht Club is poised at the very tip of the Point and from there you can follow the sidewalk path of Downer Ave to Otis Street and then to 3A, along the water all the while, and eventually reach Bathing Beach, the Marina, and the Maritime Center. The Center was established in 1971 and aims to bring sailing, rowing, and maritime education to Hingham from its picturesque location.
Hingham’s Farmers Market is said to be the third oldest one in Massachusetts. It has been held at Bathing Beach on Otis Street since 1977.
The Lincoln Historic District in the northern part of town gets its name from the significant number of Lincolns who were among the town’s early settlers. Samuel Lincoln, our 16th president’s first American ancestor, emigrated from Hingham’s English namesake in 1637. His house is considered a historical landmark, as well as the General Benjamin Lincoln House which was passed down in the family over many years. Although Abraham himself never lived in MA, a bronze replica of the famous Lincoln Memorial statue sits where Lincoln and North Streets meet, and the area was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. The district features Early Republic, Late Victorian, and Colonial architecture.
Throughout town, you’ll find many neighborhoods with cul-de-sacs and dead-end roads, good for kids to play and keep away from the bustle of the main traffic areas.
Hingham schools are highly rated but competitive. In fact, the high school has been named one of the top 50 public high schools in Massachusetts. The Hingham Education Foundation raises money to fund public school grants with the help of families, alumni, and local businesses. There is one high school and one middle school, but four elementary schools: William L. Foster, South, East, and Plymouth River. Hingham is also home to the South Shore Educational Collaborative, a non-profit catering to the education of students with emotional, learning, medical or physical disabilities, as well as South Shore Special Needs Athletic Partnership, a non-profit offering recreational programs for children and young adults with special needs.
Hingham has many private daycare centers as well as a number of private schools. Old Colony Montessori School serves children from eighteen months to nine years old. Notre Dame Academy was the first all-girls day school in Massachusetts and has grades seven through twelve. It was founded in 1853 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
Su Escuela Language Academy boasts an immersive second-language education opportunity. They have an early ed program as well as kindergarten through sixth grade. Saint Paul’s School follows the Catholic tradition from preschool through middle school. Perhaps the most prestigious, Derby Academy was the first co-educational school in the nation in 1784. Its original building is now home to the Historical Society, established in 1914. Inside you can find the Society’s archives, exhibit galleries, the visitor center, and a museum shop.
If you have an interest in local history, you might also check out a free visit to the Bare Cove Fire Museum to see artifacts and the history of firefighting in New England, including vintage vehicles.
There are so many ways to get involved locally. The Hingham Community Center is a gathering place that holds summer programs for kids from dance to robotics to karate. There is a Senior Center, a Newcomers Club, multiple women’s clubs, a Lions Club, and multiple Boy Scout Troops and Cub Scout Packs. The Hingham Pride Project exists to boost LGBTQ+ visibility and support organizations that provide community programs for LGBTQ+ youth.
Community events across town include multiple Christmas-themed events, a Turkey Trot, Memorial Day, Fourth of July parade, and the annual Taste of Hingham, a transformation of downtown Hingham into an outdoor festival and street fair featuring over thirty local businesses and artists, run by the wonderful Hingham Downtown Business Association.
In town, there are Unitarian Universalist, Baptist, Episcopal, Christian, Catholic, LDS, and Lutheran churches, an abbey, and a Jewish temple. Back in 1681, citizens raised the money to construct the Old Ship Meeting House, which is now recognized as the oldest wooden church structure and the oldest church building in continuous use in America.
Hingham is an amazing town for musicians and singers of all ages. The South Shore Conservatory began in the town in 1970 and has grown into the largest community school for the arts in the state. They offer studio and performance spaces, summer programs, concerts, recitals, and more. The Hingham Civic Music Theatre has been around since 1948, and the professional, regional Atlantic Symphony Orchestra since 1996. The Broad Cove Chorale Unicorn Singers, Inc. is a volunteer chorus that strives to enrich the South Shore community with music. Kids’ Cabaret is a non-profit summer program giving children the gift of theater, music, and dance performance.
Even if people come to Hingham for the water first, they stay for the schools, the shopping, and the community. If you have an interest in convenient transportation by boat for work or a day in the city, and an appreciation for history and the arts, Hingham could be a wonderful home for you.
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