If you’re looking for a vacation that suits your entire family, you’ll surely find it in Weymouth, MA. History buffs can soak up the traces of the American Revolution. Adventurers can hike and fish, and nature lovers will find breathtaking scenery throughout the entire region. Beach lovers can stroll along miles of warm summer sand.
Weymouth is the birthplace of famous Abigail Adams and also the second oldest township in the Commonwealth, that dates back to 1622 when it was originally founded as the Wessagusset colony. Renamed Weymouth in late 1635, the Town was also boosted in that year by the arrival of 100 settlers from its namesake in England.
For almost 200 years the Town was a fishing and agricultural community, evolving into a manufacturing hub for shoes in the 19th century. Remnants of every era, from colonization to suburbanization, are evident in the entire community. It played a role in the abolitionist movement during the Civil War and flourished during the Industrial Revolution.
Today Weymouth is a mature, strongly residential suburb with great nearby attractions like, Hornstra Farms, Webb Memorial State Park and Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. A town rife with history, much of it preserved, but continued to flourish in the present. Prospect Hill Drive made the list of the top streets to live on.
Unlike many other traditional New England towns, Weymouth really has no downtown center area. Instead it has four seperate village centers, each featuring its own special blend of historic buildings, personal land use, and plenty of beautiful open space. The four villages in Weymouthinclude East Weymouth, North Weymouth, South Weymouth, as well as Weymouth Landing.
Whichever one you live in, it’s a guarantee you’re never too far away from some town history. The Weymouth Historical Commission catalogs historic homes that are covered under a demolition delay ordinance, where owners have to wait six months after announcing the desire to demolish so the commission has time to research the home’s history.