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Hamilton (Massachusetts)

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Hamilton (Massachusetts)

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Hamilton is a city in Massachusetts. Hamilton is closely tied to its sister town, Wenham, sharing a school system, library, recreation department and commuter rail station. In 2010, the community of Hamilton-Wenham was listed among the "Best Places to Live"[10] by Boston Magazine.


The Town of Hamilton is on the Northshore of Massachusetts and has long been known for its association with equestrian and agricultural activities. Moving forward into the future, Hamilton is continually exploring new ways to grow, while embracing its rich and storied history. It also boasts one of the best public school districts in the state of Massachusetts. In 2010, Boston Magazine named Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School the 12th best public school in the state, meaning it is in the top 10% [11]. Also, with 14.9 square miles of winding roads, rolling hills, green forests, and miles of open fields, Hamilton is beautifully rural, peaceful, and inviting.

Get in[edit]

By train

  • Hamilton-Wenham train station is served by the MBTA [12] Commuter Rail Newburyport Line which goes to Boston North Station.

By Car

  • From Boston, take I-93 North to Route 128 towards Gloucester/Rockport. Ext. 20A off of Route 128 onto Route 1A. Follow Route 1A through North Beverly, Wenham, into Hamilton. Trip is about 32 miles, 30-35 minutes.

Get around[edit]

  • Asbury Grove, S. Hamilton, [1]. This historical Methodist Camp is home for many S. Hamilton residents. It includes numerous smaller neighborhoods with small houses full of character. Each house is painted in bright colors with unique architectural designs.  edit
  • Patton Park, 340 Bay Rd. Home of General George S. Patton's historic WWII military tank, this park has walking, running, and biking paths, a playground, public baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts,and the community swimming pool. During the summer, there are local musical acts featured in the park's center gazebo.  edit
  • Sagamore Hill Solar Radio Observatory, Sagamore Hill. A ground-based solar observatory that operates on a routine basis to obtain scientific observations of the sun.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Chebacco Lake. Home of much activity in the summer, with many people boating and swimming. There are also many hidden spots for romantic picnics and getaways.  edit
  • Myopia Hunt Club, 435 Bay Rd, 978-468-7956, [2]. The country club of Hamilton has a golf course, tennis courts, swimming pools, and lovely facilities. It is also surrounded by a few acres of open field for Polo, which is played every Sunday in the spring.  edit
  • Neverland Theater, Hamilton-Wenham Community House, 284 Bay Rd, 978-468-7925. Local theater company that includes casting of both children and adults. They create fun, lively versions of classic broadway plays and musicals, providing a great night out for the whole family.  edit
  • True North Gallery, 25 Woodbury St (Exit 17 off 128 North. Rt 22.), 978-468-1962, [3]. W-SA 12-5. True North Gallery exhibits an exciting collection of indigenous art from the far North. Their collection includes sculptures and prints produced by Inuit artists, carvings by Yupik artists in Alaska and Siberia, embroidered reindeer leather jewelry from Sami artists in Lapland, and carvings and prints by artists from the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the Arctic art, they also sell handmade antique sleigh tables, snowshoe chairs, and other fine décor inspired by the far North.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • French Lessons Boutique, 26 Bay Rd, 978-468-1399, [4]. "French boudoir inspired" boutique, features clothing lines from numerous upscale designers, providing pretty, but pricey outfits.  edit
  • Green Meadows Farm, 656 Asbury St, 978-468-2277, [5]. Small, certified organic supplier of seasonal vegetables, fruits, flowers, local cheeses, and other products Breeds heritage livestock, hosts parties and functions for individuals and communal events.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Black Cow Tap & Grill, 16 Bay Rd, 978-468-1166, [6]. Popular restaurant and bar that serves contemporary American fare and pub food. Its upscale environment invites a crowd of older residents and young professionals. It is a great place to grab drinks and relax after work.  edit
  • Daniella's Pizzeria and More, 275 Asbury St, 978-468-0188.  edit Small, family run pizzeria with much to offer, from great pizza, salads, subs, and much more. It is a local favorite.
  • Hamilton House of Pizza, 40 Railroad Ave, 978-468-3955.  edit The original pizzeria of Hamilton, this little establishment has been operating for years. It offers pizza, salads, and subs of all sorts.
  • Henderson's Cafe, 300 Main St, 978-468-3100. Small cafe that offers delectible options for breakfast, lunch or a late-afternoon snack. The atmosphere is quiet and cozy, and the staff is very friendly and helpful.  edit
  • Taylor Made Sweets, 15 Walnut Rd, 978-468-5600. Small coffee shop with delicious baked goods, a variety of coffee drinks, wraps, small sandwiches, ice-cream and frozen yogurt. The shop is adorably decorated with light pastel colors, with a handful of small sitting areas and tables.  edit
  • The Weathervane Tavern, 85 Railroad Ave, 978-468-2600, [7]. This restaurant and bar is a local favorite. It can be difficult to get a table at this small, intimate tavern, but the food is delicious and reasonable, and the service is great.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Black Cow Tap & Grill, 16 Bay Rd, 978-468-1166, [8].  edit

An extensive beer selection including standard Budlight and Corona, as well as locally brewed lagers and ales, Fisherman's Brew ([Gloucester], MA), Wachusett Blueberry Ale, and many more New England brews. A long wine list filled with flavorful options from around the world, and a Specialty drink menu of original creations such as the Kiss in the Dark Martini.

  • The Weathervane Tavern, 85 Railroad Ave, 978-468-2600, [9].  edit

A selection of local, international, and generic beer, as well as an extensive wine list that includes all types and flavors at very reasonable prices.

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Get out[edit]

  • Gloucester is a beautiful city located directly on the Atlantic Ocean. Numerous beaches, gorgeous, sprawling state parks, shopping, and great night life.
  • Beverly is the next-door neighbor to Hamilton, and it offers plenty of shopping, great restaurants, museums, as well as parks and smaller beaches.
  • Salem is the historic site of the Salem Witch Trials, and because of this it has numerous museums based upon it's rich colonial history (Salem Witch Museum). Salem is also located directly on the ocean, with many seaside restaurants and shops.
  • Ipswich is another neighbor to Hamilton with Crane Beach and Estate, which are both beautiful and family-friendly areas. Ipswich also has many great restaurants and small pubs in its quaint downtown area.
  • Rockport is the next town over from Gloucester, and like Gloucester, it has restaurant after restaurant of the best seafood around. It also has a very lively, interesting downtown shopping area called Bearskin Neck, where many tourists and locals come to experience the small village of shops located only feet above the ocean.