The Town of Duxbury is primarily a residential community widely known for its beaches, fishing and boating. Home to the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, Island Creek Oysters, South Shore Conservatory, Battelle, the Duxbury Art Association and so much more, provide access to a cultural experience that you don’t find in most small towns. Rich in history, Duxbury was founded in 1637 and was named such by Myles Standish after Duxbury Woods in his home town of Chorley, Lancashire, Great Britain. Many of the historic and beautiful homes from Pilgrim times and the shipbuilding era still exist. Today, this coastal town has daily commuters reasoning that Duxbury’s nationally recognized school system, gorgeous beach front, and refreshing sense of community make it worth the commute. Conveniently located just off Route 3, you will find eclectic shopping, fabulous restaurants and all the necessary amenities. Just minutes to the MBTA commuter rail to and from Boston make this a town of choice for many families.
The Town of Cohasset with its ocean vistas of spectacular beauty covers a nine square mile area and offers a uniquely blended mix of stunning homes ranging from contemporary to traditional New England styled colonials. The town is about 25 miles from Boston and predominantly residential. Many residents make the daily commute to work by commuter rail, car or commuter boat from adjoining Hingham. Route 3-A bisects the town and provides a location for a multitude of large and small businesses. Cohasset’s quaint central village lies around a spacious common with a small pond, and includes specialty shops, the colonial First Parish Meeting House and St. Stephen’s Church with its 56 bell carillon that has offered Sunday concerts since 1924. The town has active Community and Arts Centers, three historical museums and the renowned South Shore Music Circus, as well as the Swim Club, two beaches and the recreational facilities of Whitney Woods Reservation and the Wampatuck State Park. Along the shores of Cohasset Harbor are facilities for dining, sailing and a replica of the famous Minot’s light. Many town residents involve themselves in community activities and the school system is highly rated academically.
The Town of Hanover was established in 1727, a little over 100 years after the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth. We have maintained our “country town” atmosphere over the years, delicately blending a rural/suburban plan with more urban convenience of shopping malls, light industry, and, of course, technology. Today’s population of nearly 14,000 still allows room for open space and woodlands. Ponds, streams, and rivers, which join historic North River as it flows to the Atlantic Ocean, provide both summer and winter recreational opportunities. Hanover is within easy commuting range of Boston. Just a short ride away are beaches, Cape Cod, and easy access to the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Hanover High School is a perennial contender in both boys and girls sports.
Primarily a residential community now, Hingham is connected to Boston by highway, bus, commuter boat and by the restored Greenbush commuter rail line. It has multiple recreation sites on fresh and saltwater and within parkland. Hingham today looks to the future with an eye to preserving its rich history, so evident in the remarkable architecture preserved in both public and private buildings, and in the protection of its open space.
The Town of Kingston is a coastal community in Southeastern Massachusetts located about 35 miles from Boston. Today, Kingston is principally a residential community with a small number of professional fishermen and cranberry growers. A large proportion of the residents are commuters, many using the extended MBTA line. Much of the Town’s commerce centers around retail business including the Independence Mall with its 100 stores located at exit 8 off Route 3. The Town’s early history as a part of the Plymouth Colony settled by the Pilgrims has spawned an active historical community and specifically a historical society, the Jones River Village Historical Society, which maintains the Major John Bradford House (built circa 1714 by the grandson of the Colony’s first Governor, William Bradford) for public viewing and for seasonal activities.
The Town of Marshfield is 9 miles N of Plymouth Massachusetts 25 miles SE of Boston MA . Marshfield is a popular summer beach destination. Tourists and vacationers cause the town’s population to nearly double from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. The following beaches comprise Marshfield’s five mile long public seashore: Rexhame, Fieldston, Sunrise, Ocean Bluff, Brant Rock, Blackman’s Point, Blue Fish Cove, Burke’s and Green Harbor. Marshfield is active throughout the year with events such as the Marshfield Fair, which attracts visitors from all over the State. The community takes pride in the education it offers its young people, in its sports programs and in its unique environmental beauty both on the coast and inland.
The Town of Norwell is situated along the picturesque North River and still retains much of its past rural character. Norwell was originally settled in 1636 as part of the settlement of Satuit (later Scituate), which encompasses present day Scituate and Norwell. In 1849, the portion of Scituate now known as Norwell broke away from Scituate and incorporated as South Scituate. Later, in 1888, the Town incorporated again as the Town of Norwell. The Town was named for Henry Norwell, a dry goods merchant who provided funds for the maintenance of the Town roads. Shipbuilding was a major industry on the 1700′s through the early 1800′s. Some of the finest frigates, schooners and merchant vessels to ever sail were produced in Norwell. Today, Norwell is an affluent suburban community with over 10,000 residents and provides modern schools, shopping, churches, libraries, health facilities, a wild life preserve and other support facilities as well as two large industrial parks. There are several recreational areas throughout the Town offering a variety of outdoor activities, including; Valley Swamp Conservation Land, Stetson Meadows Conservation Land, Albert F. Norris Reservation, Black Pond Natural Preserve, North River Salt Marsh, Cuffey Hill Reservation, Miller Woods and the Donovan Property.
The Town of Pembroke is an attractive suburban community located in the South Shore area of southeastern Massachusetts. The Town is located 26 miles south of Boston, 16 miles north of Plymouth. The Town’s current population is 18,549 (2007 Census). Pembroke is located off Route 3, a major highway connecting to Boston via Interstate 93 to the north, to the Route 128/Interstate 95 beltway around the western suburbs of Boston, and Plymouth and Cape Cod to the south. The Town is also accessible to MBTA Commuter Rail service in nearby Hanson, Halifax, and Kingston, and the MBTA Red Line in Braintree and Quincy. Pembroke has five ponds which create opportunities for swimming and boating as well as fishing in the summer. In the winter residents and visitors enjoy ice fishing and skating. Most notable of the town’s resources are its water resources which include the North River and Indian Head River; its ponds, Oldham, Furnace, Great Sandy Bottom, Little Sandy Bottom, and Stetson Ponds; and Silver Lake. The Town’s ponds, streams and marshes are the home of herring that were prized so much that in 1741, the Town began regulating the taking and preservation of the fish. The herring are celebrated each year at the Town’s annual “Grande Old Fish Fry.”
Most Americans are familiar with the story of the pilgrims’ voyage across the Atlantic aboard the Mayflower, and their landing at Plymouth Rock. Today, Plymouth Rock is just one of the sites that tell the story of Plymouth. When you visit you will learn about more than the pilgrim voyage, you will learn about our diverse and unique community. With all of this, the Town of Plymouth continues to maintain its small town charm. Plymouth is located approximately 40 miles south of Boston. Throughout the 19th century, the town thrived as a center of rope making, fishing, and shipping. While it continues to be an active port, today the major industry of Plymouth is tourism. Plymouth has nine public beaches, the largest being Plymouth Beach. Plymouth Beach guards Plymouth Harbor and mostly consists of a three-mile (5 km) long, ecologically significant barrier beach. Clark’s Island, a small island in Plymouth Bay, is the only island in Plymouth. It is off the coast of Saquish Neck and has nine summer houses but no year-round inhabitants.
The Town of Scituate is located just south of the mouth of greater Boston Harbor and is a small to mid-sized seacoast community located equidistant between Boston and Plymouth. In the 375 years since its incorporation, it has evolved from a summer colony to a residential community but has managed to retain the flavor of its past. Ocean-related recreational activities make it a very desirable place in which to live and to raise families. Residents pride themselves on the strength of their school system and on the achievements of the great percentage of students (85%) who go on to higher education from Scituate Public Schools. The Town of Scituate is a delightful mix of rural, suburban and seaside lifestyles within a 25 mile ride to the City of Boston.