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"The most beautiful Main Street in America"
- Eleanor Roosevelt, on Hingham's Main Street
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Hingham & Boston

Bird's eye view
Hingham, where I live, is a Boston suburb and many of the residents commute to Boston for jobs. Hingham Harbor is part of Massachusetts Bay, which also contains Boston Harbor. Hingham (pronounced "HING'-um", like "gingham", the fabric) was founded in 1635 by settlers from Hingham, England, and it was the 12th town in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The area was originally called "Bare Cove" because of the "exposure of almost its entire harbor at low tide," 1 and "Bare Cove" is still a frequently used name in town. The town website has a very nice history page. An early member of the community was Samuel Lincoln, an ancestor of Abraham Lincoln. Another famous Lincoln from Hingham was Benjamin Lincoln, who, as George Washington's second in command, formally accepted the British surrender at Yorktown (and is often thought to be related to the president, but there is no evidence to support this). The image on the left shows Hingham in relation to Boston (Otis Hill, where our house is located, is identified). The image on the right is a link to an aerial view map of Hingham Square where you can scroll around the town from the sky (and actually see the house we lived in from 1982-2016).

"Hingham is a peaceful, beautifully preserved town that has invested the time and capital necessary to protect its heritage, its natural resources and, ultimately, the investments of its homeowners." -- Courtney Ronan, Realty Times


Hingham Square

Benjamin Lincoln House
Hingham is mostly residential, with many of the houses built in the 1800s and some even dating back to the 1600s. There are several National Historic districts here, and development is well regulated. Many houses in these districts have a plaque on the front stating their year of origin (the Samuel Lincoln house near Hingham Square was built in 1650). The Benjamin Lincoln house is located across the street from Samuel's house. The houses in town are in interesting architectural styles including Georgian, Federal, Victorian, Greek Revival, Italianate, Colonial Revival, and Capes, all the way up to contemporary-style residences. There is a beautiful park and bathing beach at the harbor, and the town also has several large wooded areas, including Wompatuck State Park, which has bike paths and hiking trails, camping areas, and flowing spring water (you can fill up bottles at Mount Blue Spring), World's End (see photos), which is located on a peninsula jutting into the harbor (in 1945 this was considered as a possible location for the United Nations), and More-Brewer Park, a 106 acre conservation area (see photos on my Dog walks page).

  Hingham has a population of approximately 20,000 and covers an area of 22.5 square miles. The town has one high school, one middle school, and four elementary schools. The town government is administered by a board of selectmen and we have open town meetings where residents can speak publicly on issues before they are voted on.

A recent claim-to-fame is Hingham is the home of the original Wahlburgers, a hamburger restaurant in the Hingham Shipyard (featured in the TV show of that name) owned by brothers Mark Wahlberg (the actor), Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids on the Block), and Paul Wahlberg (chef and owner of the Alma Nove restaurant, across the street from Wahlburgers).

Hingham Cemetery
When we lived in Hingham Square I would frequently walk the dog through the Hingham Cemetery, location of the burials of many of the town's early settlers. Here are some photos I have taken on these walks, where I see some of these noteworthy tombstones:  

Our house

Our house

Patti and I have lived in Hingham since 1982, and in 2016 we moved to a house we have remodeled on Otis Hill that has great viewsBoston skyline, Hingham Harbor, Boston Light, and we can even see a bit of the Atlantic Ocean and towers in Swampscott and Marblehead on the North Shore. We lived 34 years and raised two boys in a larger, shingle-style house in Hingham Square, but with the boys grown and gone and just the 2 of us at home now we decided to relocate to a smaller home, so we purchased and completely rebuilt our retirement home (see before & after) and you can even see my remodeling photos.

Views from house

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Hingham photos

    I found some really beautiful Hingham photos by Googling "main street hingham" and clicking on Images.

... Some scenic postcards ... An old cape Main Street Hingham Square
July 4th parade July 4th photos World's End Our Santa Bob Beal &
James Earl Jones
Liberty Grille
Hingham Real Estate Center – take the tour on this site for some great photos
     July 4th, 2002, parade movie
Webshots Community - Hingham – many winter shots
Google Maps Photos – click on the photo on the left and the little map shows where it is located in Hingham

Hingham shipyard

  The shipyard was originally developed in the 1940s as a place where Bethlehem Steel built ships that were used during WWII. Since then, for decades it has had several industrial uses and still had some enormous buildings that were rented out for various things. These buildings were removed for some modern recent development that includes a commercial area, condos, apartments, and huge parking lots for the commuter boat to Boston.
parking lots
  During World War II

Destroyer Escorts

Bethlehem Steel
  Before re-development

Hewitt's Cove

Hewitt's Cove

Aerial view

Aerial view


After re-development

Businesses identified

Showing Hewitt's Cove
and new commercial area

Aerial photo
of commercial area

Aerial photo
of shipyard

Commercial area

The Launch at Hingham Shipyard – this is the new development at the shipyard
Samuels & Associates – the developers
Avalon at the Hingham Shipyard – they built apartments there
Hingham Shipyard Marinas – they manage the commuter boat parking lot I use
     History of Hingham Shipyard

Commuter boat

  One of the things that makes Hingham an especially appealing suburban-Boston location to live in is the commuter boat service. In 2017 they built a new ferry terminal in the shipyard. Like many South Shore residents, I work in the city and I have a pleasant (and sometimes thrilling!) half-hour boat ride to work every day. As methods of commuting go, this is one of the best, especially in the summer. The Boston Globe did a comparison of commuting from the South Shore by car, boat, train, and Red Line (subway), and not surpisingly, the boat came out on top. Whenever I am asked what it is like taking the boat in the winter, I reply that the boats are heated in winter and air-conditioned in summer, and of course, if you prefer you can ride outside year-round. There was a nice article about riding the commuter boat in the Boston Globe, "Commuters flock down to the sea" 2. There is also boat access to the Boston Harbor Islands from the Hingham shipyard on Route 3A. (I park at the shipyard every day to take the boat into Boston and Google Maps Street View photographed my parked car.)

here are a several photos of the inside of the Salacia catamaran, my favorite commuter ferry

Ferry terminal

Pulling into
Rowes Wharf

Hingham/Hull Ferry schedule
MBTA ferry terminal – this is located on Shipyard Drive
My commuter boat photos
Salacia ferry photos
I uploaded a CNN iReport about taking the boat after reading an article about how high gas prices are affecting people's commutes.
Boston Harbor Cruises – commuter boat service, harbor cruises, whale watches
     The commuter boat schedule
     A virtual tour of one of the commuter boats
This trip's a breeze 2

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Hingham distinctions

   These are some of the town's claims to fame. See the History page on the town website for more.
  Many of these are videos I captured from YouTube that feature Hingham. Some are real estate videos showing houses for sale, but they generally have nice views from around town so I included them.  
July 4, 2002
parade movie

Hingham videos

Real estate videos
Hingham Bay Drone Footage
Getting to Know Hingham Cemetery
Hingham Through Time
Hingham, MA Our Town – from Coldwell-Banker
Driving in Hingham
Hingham Drive 2


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Before fire
The neighbors' garage burned down one night destroying 4 cars. Jim the owner made this video ("...in your own backyard! Holy smokes!") with appropriate music and I uploaded it to YouTube. A new 3-bay garage has now been built.  

Footloose in America

  Bud and Patricia Kenny and their mule Della are touring America on foot. They spent a year in Hingham, camped out on Peter Hersey's farm on Hersey Street. If you are from around here you may have seen Bud walking Della on the streets. They have moved on, including a visit to Manhattan. Bud has written a book about their travels and is looking for a publisher.  

Hingham Journal article
USonFoot.com – their website
Whistlewood Farm – they wintered there in 2007-2008

Street names

  Frequently in New England a street name will change along its route. This happens in several places in Hingham. At this intersection on Hobart Street the street you intersect with changes from Cross Street in one direction to New Bridge Street in the other. The town put up this sign to lessen the confusion.  


The Greenbush branch of the Old Colony Railroad has been restored to the South Shore and goes right through Hingham. For several years I had a big anti-train section on this page, based mostly on safety, health, and environmental concerns, but rather than come across with sour grapes after the battle to keep the train from being built was lost, I decided to remove that from the page when the line was restored in 2007. A tunnel was constructed to take the train under Hingham Square, but where there is not a tunnel they have grade-level crossings at intersections with lights and gates. The Patriot Ledger provided a video tour of the train route prior to the actual start of train service. Since I drive on a street that goes over the tunnel on my way to the boat each day I don't have to deal with the crossing-gates regularly, but on weekends and evenings I frequently cross these tracks, and I will admit I find waiting at the crossings that didn't exist my first 25 years of living in Hingham annoying. The boat will continue to be my method of commuting but I have taken the train a few times so I know how it works and admit it is definitely a better way to get into Boston than driving in rush hour. In February, 2015, when we got several feet of snow and the boats were not running due to ice in the harbor, the train was a lucky alternate method of commute. Unfortunately, even though the train station is walking distance from my house (a half-mile), there were no unplowed sidewalks for walking and I had to drive and pay-to-park at the station.
Fore River Bridge

Old bridge
I came across this photo of the Fore River Bridge that I had to share on here somewhere. The old bridge has been replaced with a new bridge with a more modern design that opened to traffic in August, 2017. This is not a Hingham memory but it is definitely a South Shore memory. I had driven across this one many times before it was ultimately condemned and torn down.
New bridge

¹ EARLY SETTLERS of Hingham, Massachusetts
² Some newspaper articles have links that expire too quickly so I save them offline.

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Hingham & South Shore links

Hingham, MA | Official Website
     Hingham Recreation Commission
     Voting Precincts map
Hingham Police Department
Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant
Hingham Symphony Orchestra
Bare Cove Fire Museum
Hingham Community Center
Hingham Downtown Association
     Walking Guide of Downtown Hingham – shows business locations
Hingham 4th of July picture – we always have a nice parade
Mass.Gov - Hingham


Hingham's Rich History – from the town website
History of Hingham
Hingham Historical Society
     Old Ordinary
Old Ship Church
Hingham Cemetery – behind the Old Ship
Hingham Norfolk Home Page – our founders were from Hingham, England

     Education & learning

Hingham Public Schools
South Shore Educational Collaborative – educational programs and services
Hingham Public Library
Old Colony Library Network
Derby Academy
South Shore Conservatory
Children's Creativity Workshops – Lynn Titleman Rizzotto, a Hingham illustrator/artist
Authors 4 Kids – Connecting Students with Book People


Hingham to Boston commuter boat – the best way to commute!
Boston Harbor Cruises – commuter boat service, harbor cruises, whale watches
     The commuter boat schedule
     A virtual tour of one of the commuter boats
     Commuter boats collide! – on July 10, 2007, as a passenger I witnessed a head-on collision in heavy fog between 2 commuter boats
Massachusetts Bay Lines – commuter boats, harbor cruises, whale watches
Hingham Shipyard Marinas – at Hewitt's Cove
Hingham Maritime Center
Hingham Yacht Club
Massachusetts Tide Charts
Boston Harbor Islands – accessible by ferry from the Hingham Shipyard

     Hingham shipyard (more here) – I catch the boat to Boston here every day

The Launch at Hingham Shipyard – this is the new development at the shipyard
Samuels & Associates – the developers
Hingham Shipyard – get construction updates
Avalon at the Hingham Shipyard – they built apartments there
Hingham Shipyard Marinas – they manage the commuter boat parking lot I use
     History of Hingham Shipyard
Hingham Shipyard before – here are some photos of the shipyard pre-development

     Restaurants & dining

Alma Nove (photo) – Paul Wahlberg's restaurant in the Hingham Shipyard
Wahlburgers (photo) – in the Hingham Shipyard, owned by brothers Mark Wahlberg (the actor), Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids on the Block), and Paul Wahlberg (Alma Nove)
Tosca (photo) – Eat Well (owner)
Stars (photo) – Eat Well (owner)
Caffe Tosca (photo) – Eat Well (owner)
Crow Point Pizzeria (photo)
Square Cafe (photo)
Bertucci's (photo)
The Snug (photo) – Home of the Perfect Pint! (listed in USA Today as one of 10 great places to raise a toast to St. Patrick)
Kate's Table (photo) – take-out and catering


Google Maps: Hingham
Mapquest Maps: Hingham
Yahoo! Maps: Hingham
Hingham on Wikipedia
Hingham Neighborbhoods
The Hingham Journal – at  wickedlocal.com
     Hingham resident's photos enliven Blizzard of '78 Book – an article on me!
The Patriot Ledger
Webcam from the Red Parrot Restaurant, Nantasket Beach
South Shore Baseball Club
Hull Lifesaving Museum
Nantasket Beach – pictures of Hull and Nantasket
New England Wildlife Center
Wellspring – a private, non-profit, multi-service organization
The Weymouth Club – where I play tennis
Patriot Cinemas
     Loring Hall Cinema – the old site
Hingham1956.com – 50th Reunion WEB SITE
Hingham Farmers Market – every Saturday at the harbor in the warmer months
Hingham entries in Urban Dictionary – a user-maintained slang dictionary not to be taken seriously
The Perfect New England Village – an article in The New York Times
Nantasket Beach - aerial view
Paragon Carousel
HinghamPatch – News, Sports, Events, Businesses & Deals
2015 snowfall – we really got clobbered in these storms!
     South Shore town websites