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WEYMOUTH ~ 02189
Weymouth is the second oldest township in the state of Massachusetts. It was originally founded in 1622 as the Wessagusset Colony but was later recolonized and renamed “Weymouth,” after a coastal town in England, in 1635. Fishing and agriculture, and later shoemaking, were thriving industries as the town grew through the 1800s. It is now part of Norfolk county and has a population of around 57,437 by 2020’s count. It is a residential suburb run by a mayor and town council governing system. North Weymouth, South Weymouth, East Weymouth and the Landing are four distinct districts citizens refer to.
Accessible from Routes 3, 18 and 53, Weymouth sits about 12 miles from Boston and about 40-45 miles from the Cape and from Providence, RI. There are two MBTA commuter rail lines (Greenbush and Old Colony) and three MBTA stations in town that run both buses and trains into Boston and the surrounding areas. Its bordering towns are Braintree, Holbrook, Abington, Rockland, and Hingham. The northern part of town abuts the Hingham Bay, Weymouth Back River and Weymouth Fore River.
Because of its many medical service facilities, including 100+ labs, doctors’ offices and treatment centers, Weymouth has been dubbed the “South Shore’s medical Mecca.” As you can imagine, many people in town are employed in the medical field, especially at South Shore Hospital.
Fun fact: It is illegal to pump your own gas in Weymouth, according to a rule that still stands from 1977. You’ll get full service anywhere you go.
Weymouth residents tend to stay long-term and stay close to family there; they identify strongly with the town even if they do move outside of it.
Historically speaking, Weymouth’s claim to fame is being the 1744 birthplace of Abigail Adams, first lady to President John Adams and mother to President John Quincy Adams. Her home (which you can visit) and her legacy are preserved by the Abigail Adams Historical Society.
Weymouth has one preschool, eight schools that serve kindergarten through fourth grade, two middle schools, and one high school, which includes 10 tech school programs. Wildcat colors are maroon and gold, and they hit the fields and courts with a strong athletics program. Four private schools in town also cover various portions of K-12.
South Shore Charter School, located in Norwell, and four other private schools outside of town also serve Weymouth students.
You’ll find a whopping four public library buildings total in Weymouth, the largest being the newly built Tufts Library on Broad Street. The Fogg, North Branch and Franklin Pratt libraries are scattered throughout town so you’re never too far from at least one.
This not-far-from-the-city town has some wonderful outdoor places to explore. Established in 1966, Great Esker Park, Weymouth’s largest open space area, offers over six miles of trails along the Back River, some paved and some unpaved. It contains the tallest esker ridge in North America, created by a glacier thousands of years ago. It is directly linked to Osprey Overlook Park. If you spend enough time here, you’ll surely see some wildlife!
Webb Memorial State Park is on the peninsula between the Back and Fore Rivers with a stroller-friendly, 1-mile gravel loop trail with great waterfront views (you can even see Boston!). It is perfect for dog walking and picnicking. Abigail Adams State Park is another waterfront park, located at the northern edge of Great Esker. South of the rivers is Whitman’s Pond which has a small park along the edge of Middle Street with a boat launch. Fishing is permitted here.
George Lane Beach is a small, public swimming beach with a playground and a basketball court. Wessagusset Beach, a bit smaller, is just a ways down Fore River’s edge, adjacent to the Wessagusset Yacht Club.
Bet you didn’t think Weymouth had islands, but it certainly does. Grape Island, Slate Island and Sheep Island are all part of the Boston Harbor Island National Recreation Area and lay within Weymouth territory. Grape Island is the biggest and offers trails, beaches and picnic/camping areas. In the 1600s, Sheep Island was used for, you guessed it, grazing sheep! It later became a spot for people to stay, but these days it serves as a nesting ground for birds who do not like to be visited.
In terms of where people congregate, Weymouth doesn’t have one cohesive town center, but instead has four village centers. Bicknell Square is the historic district. Columbian Square has the hospital, some retail shops and service businesses. Jackson Square in East Weymouth is the largest center, having lots of well-known shops, restaurants and public spaces. Migrating fish can be witnessed annually here at Herring Run Pool Park. The Landing area is shared with Braintree at the western border. It has the commuter rail station, some restaurants and shops, and a canoe/kayak access ramp into the Fore River. Each center has a post office, and at least one church, school, library and park.
Churches in town include Unitarian Universalist, Congregational, Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, Christian, Episcopal, Pentecostal, and Non Denominational.
The Elder Services Division provides transportation for senior citizens wherever they may need to go around town.
You and your family could get involved in any number of clubs and groups including garden club, the historical society, the local food pantry, town youth sports, the yacht club, town orchestra, lions club, rotary club and even quilting club. Grab an annual household pass to the Connell Memorial Rink and Pool for skating in the winter and swimming in the summer.
On weekends at the high school you can find the summer farmers market which accepts SNAP benefits and encourages the Healthy Incentives Program. Markets stretch into parts of fall and winter as well!
Most single-family homes in town are owner-occupied and settled in established neighborhoods. About 90% of houses were built before 2000, and many are historic Victorian and Colonial Revival styles. There is no shortage, however, of standard apartment, condominium and assisted living complexes throughout.
Union Point is a massive residential community including single-family homes, townhouses, apartments and 55+ living options on the site of the former Naval Air Station, with plans to expand with more housing, commercial spaces and outdoor spaces. It also features Union Point Sports Complex, a 25-acre indoor and outdoor sports complex equipped with four fully lit synthetic turf fields for soccer, lacrosse, rugby and field hockey all year round.
Weymouth has a lot to offer in terms of easy access to Boston, strong business development, plenty of town infrastructure, a complex school system and a varied range of options for housing all different types of people. There’s room for young professionals, families, and seniors as well. If it sounds like a good fit, go ahead and check it out!