During World War II, Eleanor Roosevelt authored a book titled This is America, which used Hingham as an embodiment of the typical American town in wartime. As part of her visit researching the book she toured Hingham's Main Street, with its stately eighteenth- and nineteenth-century houses and, at the time, a canopy of elm trees. Mrs. Roosevelt later concluded in the book "this is the most beautiful Main Street in America", and Main Street looks today much as it did then.
Hingham'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.
While strongly rooted in America's colonial past, Hingham has seen a wave of development in recent years. Spurred by several factors: the town's close proximity to Boston; its high-quality public education; its relatively unspoiled historic character, and an expanding availability of public transportation. The recent completion of the commuter train brings greater access from Boston and other South Shore communities to Hingham.
Hingham's many recreational areas include the South Shore Country Club, Bare Cove Park which has biking and walking trails around its 500 acres along Back River, World's End which 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.
Hingham is one of the last remaining, classic New England downtown's. A real genuine town experience, which is quite rare these days. Downtown Hingham offers
some of the best, one-of-a-kind shopping in the entire Boston area, with the friendly, personalized service you'd expect in a small town. From large national retailers to the charming shops in Hingham Square, the town truly has it all. There is also a large variety of great restaurants and night life, from 5-star gourmet dining to casual sandwich shops and pizzerias. Many of which are located in Hingham Square, so you can walk around the downtown and enjoy. Come see why many locals call Hingham the "Diamond of the South Shore". Come discover Hingham for yourself!