A word from the Town of Hingham

HISTORY:
The Town of Hingham covers an area of 22.5 square miles and is approximately 15 miles south of Boston. The town’s history is reflected in its many immaculately kept antique houses, including the “Old Ordinary” on Lincoln Street, which now houses the Hingham Historical Society Museum. Derby Academy, founded in 1784, is the oldest co-educational school in the country and Hingham’s First Parish Old Ship Church is the oldest wooden structure in the country in continuous use as a place of worship. Hingham has created six historic districts which will help the town maintain its unique character in the future.

LOCATION:
Hingham is proud of its location on the water, including 21 miles of shoreline and construction of a new harbor park further expands the public use of Hingham Harbor. The acquisition of the South Shore Country Club by the municipality provides additional recreation opportunities for residents while preserving the suburban character of this historic seaside community. Recreational areas include Bare Cove Park which has biking and walking trails around its 500 acres along Back River, World’s Endwhich is a 250 acre peninsula overlooking Hingham Harbor with breathtaking views of Boston, and Wompatuck State park which icludes 3,000 acres of woodland are and the largest public campground in the metropolitan Boston area.

Eastern Massachusetts, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Hull on the north, Cohasset and Scituate on the east, Norwell and Rockland on the south, and Weymouth on the west. Hingham is 15 miles southeast of Boston; 16 miles northeast of Brockton; 30 miles north of Plymouth; 42 miles from Providence, Rhode Island; and 218 miles from New York City.
Latitude: 42.22569
Longitude: -70.88878

EDUCATION:
Hingham operates its own school system for the town’s approximately 3,800 students. There are three elementary schools (Plymouth River, South and William L. Foster) which serve students from kindergarten through fifth grade (the South Elementary School also has pre-kindergarten classes). There is an independent private preschool located at the South Shore Conservatory, as well as Wilder Memorial Nursery School on Main Street. The Hingham Middle School is located in South Hingham, and serves students from sixth to eighth grades. Prior to 1989, this building was the South Junior High; however, it merged with Central Junior High to make a single, centralized school. The Central Junior High School building is no longer used for classes and was renovated to house all the town’s offices and the police department.

Hingham High School is located near Hingham Center, and serves students from ninth to twelfth grades. The school’s teams are known as the Harbormen, and their colors are red and white. The teams compete in the Patriot League, and their chief rivals are nearby Scituate High and Duxbury High.

In addition to the town’s public schools, Hingham is home to four private schools. Saint Paul’s School is a Catholic school, and Derby Academy is an independent private school. Both serve elementary and middle school aged students. The town is also home to Notre Dame Academy, a Roman Catholic high school for girls. Hingham is also home to Old Colony Montessori School, a private school serving children ages 2.9 through Grade Three. Private schools in Weymouth, Milton, Braintree, and other towns also serve students from Hingham.

TRANSPORTATION:
A small portion of Route 3 passes through the southwest corner of town, with one exit in town and another at Route 228 just south of the town line. Routes 3A and 53 also cross through the town, the latter mirroring the path of Route 3. Route 228 passes from north to south in town; the rest all pass from west to east.

Public transportation is currently served by the commuter boat service at the Hingham Shipyard, and the MBTA’s Bus Route 220, with Route 222 also passing through a small section of town. Commuter rail has been restored along the Greenbush Line through Hingham. Trains stop at two stations in town; West Hingham and Nantasket Junction. As part of the MBTA’s agreement to restore train service, a tunnel has been built to carry the commuter trains under historic Hingham Square. There were disputes in Hingham about whether to allow the train to pass through the town. Some people felt that Hingham is becoming less like a town and more like a small city. Others felt that the line will benefit the town. There is no air service in the town; the nearest airport is Logan International Airport in Boston.