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Hingham is a quintessential colonial town approximately 20 miles south of Boston. It is serviced by train and ferry service to Boston. The town has both waterfront neighborhoods and varied inland topography. Its antique homes are extraordinary, well-preserved examples of the architecture of the colonial period. Noteworthy is the fact that many of its homes were never modernized to the Victorian style that added porches and gable ends thus, there are many examples of original Colonial architecture. If fact, the post and beam construction used in the 1700s as well as cedar ship-lapped clapboard siding and corner coining to replicate stone common in England are well preserved to this day. The quality of the colonial carpentry as practiced in home construction by shipwrights of the day and the quality of the now rare knotless pine have worn extremely well for the past 250 plus years and have weathered hurricanes and even earthquakes.
Its Main Street through Glad Tiding Plain in South Hingham was deemed by Eleanor Roosevelt to be the prettiest in the country. The homes are set well back from Main Street with ample common ground along Glad Tiding Plain. Antique homes are maintained in accordance with the Hingham Historical Society’s oversight regarding any architectural changes and paint colors. One interesting fact is that in Colonial time, white paint was more expensive than darker colors so was not used widely at that time, although now most Colonial homes are painted white. Most homes were originally painted in earth tones to replicate the stone construction common in England and coining at the corners of homes ws used to replicate stone.
With Wampatuck and Bear Cove state parks and the pristine World’s End Preservation Trust property, the town offers miles of off-street trails. Its village shops and restaurants are charming, and its 4th of July Parade and road race down main Street from Queen Anne’s corner maintain the small-town American tradition of celebrating Independence Day. The shops at Derby Street in South Hingham offer a broad range of stores and restaurants.
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