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World's End Hingham MA

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World's End

By Susan Boyd

Worlds End? Beautiful! 251 acres of tree-lined carriage paths that wind around along the coast. You really do feel like you are at the end of the world here and the views of Boston on a clear day are magnificent.

Purchased back in the 1800’s by a wealthy Bostonian, this land was slated for a development designed by the famous Frederick Law Olmsted. I can’t imagine 163 houses built here and what Hingham could have lost. The development never happened but the carriage paths indicate what it could have looked like with roads. Ick.

In 1945 this location was considered for the United Nations headquarters until NYC won the final bid. Another opportunity for development arose in 1965…a nuclear plant! I can just see the look on the Hinghamite’s faces with this one.

In 1967 with much effort by a lot of people, the land was purchased by the Trustees of Reservations and the rest is history.

Worlds End is a great place to go for a hike [4.5 miles worth of trails], walking your dog, cross country skiing, jogging, horseback riding or just absorbing nature with a quiet picnic a book or your paints. It’s also a perfect venue for a children's party, get inspired by the winter birthday party Lisa Dickason held on a World’s End hilltop.

The Trustees also have kayak lessons and rentals during the warmer months. Take a 2½ hours guided tour of the coast and the harbor. Call 781-740-6665 for details before heading over there.

If you want more information on World’s End or any of the other Trustee owned land, check out their website at www.thetrustees.org.