Hingham Historical Society

Hingham Historical Society Founded in 1914, the Hingham Historical Society is a member supported non profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving evidence of our local history, and to educating our citizens about the long and varied history of Hingham, Massachusetts.
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The Historical Society operates the 1688 Old Ordinary House Museum, a historic home and tavern, and the 1818 Old Derby Academy. Located on the old stage route from Boston to Plymouth the Old Ordinary once served as a rest stop for travelers. Visitors to this enchanting antique step back into the past and experience Hingham's past through artifact-filled rooms that recall Hingham's past and the people that worked, lived, played and prospered in this 375-year-old working town. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop at Old Derby Academy helps locals and tourists alike to discover all the historic treasures Hingham harbors. Genealogical resources, maps, reference books, and of course, gifts are available for every level of interest.

11/20/2019

When you support the Hingham Historical Society by giving to The Hingham History Fund, you play a personal role in ensuring the future of Hingham History. As a private, non-profit entity, we depend on your generosity to collect, preserve and promote the history of Hingham, Massachusetts.

"Tea with Eleanor" opened our new Heritage Museum exhibition, "Hingham 1942."  Actress Sheryl Faye played Eleanor Roosev...
11/17/2019

"Tea with Eleanor" opened our new Heritage Museum exhibition, "Hingham 1942." Actress Sheryl Faye played Eleanor Roosevelt in a one-woman show about the famous First Lady, after which the audience enjoyed tea and sandwiches in our Old Derby ballroom. The newly-opened exhibition features the photography of Frances Cooke Macgregor, who collaborated with Mrs. Roosevelt on the 1942 book, "This is America." Hingham stands in for every American small town in Macgregor's photos illustrating Mrs. Roosevelt's call for unity and patriotism as the U.S. entered World War II. Special thanks to Andrea Gillis, Board member and volunteer extraordinaire, for putting this inspiring event together.

26 square miles and four amazing (if we do say so ourselves!) museums explored with Ms. O’C’s WWII classes from Hing...
11/14/2019

26 square miles and four amazing (if we do say so ourselves!) museums explored with Ms. O’C’s WWII classes from Hingham High School. GAR Hall on Main St. followed by Bare Cove Fire Museum and the Green Dock Museum in Bare Cove Park and ending at the Hingham Heritage Museum. Hats off to Scott McMillan, Steve Gill, Don Lincoln, Geri Duff, Ms O’C for including us and to the Class of 2020 for making it all worthwhile.

In anticipation of Veterans' Day, Dock Museum founder Scott McMillan and Friends of Wompatuck historian Jim Rose teamed ...
11/11/2019

In anticipation of Veterans' Day, Dock Museum founder Scott McMillan and Friends of Wompatuck historian Jim Rose teamed up to offer a program on Hingham's 20th century military training and munitions facilities (in what are now Bare Cove Park and Wompatuck State Park). A wonderful added benefit were memories shared by 94-year old veteran (and Purple Heart recipient) Fred Zumbahlen, who was stationed at Camp Hingham, and Sandra Owens, who lived at the Munitions Depot as a child, while her father served there. Oral history at its finest! Thanks to Jim, Scott, moderator Eileen McIntyre, and all who contributed to a wonderful program.

Exhibit Opens Today! #Hingham 1942: The Making of This is America. Please join us  @hinghamheritagemuseum for Frances Co...
11/08/2019

Exhibit Opens Today! #Hingham 1942: The Making of This is America. Please join us @hinghamheritagemuseum for Frances Cooke Macgregor’s beautiful photographs and to learn about when Eleanor Roosevelt came to town. A fitting reminder of what our Veterans fought to protect. A beautiful exhibit designed by Elysium Design and Board Member Nick Paffett. Buy tickets in link 👆Members are always free. @ Hingham Historical Society

Join us for our annual Candlelight Tours of the Old Ordinary and learn what life in a New England home was like before t...
11/07/2019

Join us for our annual Candlelight Tours of the Old Ordinary and learn what life in a New England home was like before those two domestic game changers -- central heat and electric lights. But a ticket on-line and bring a coat!

Reminder that Candlelight Tours are this weekend and the next! The weather is obliging us by getting nice and cold. We've sold a lot of tickets but you can still join the fun Nov 8, 9, 15 and 16. Best times remaining for this weekend are Friday at 7:30 and Saturday at 6:30. All tickets must be purchased in advance. See you there!

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#dendrochronology : the science of dating...by the study of tree rings in aged wood. We are so fortunate to have experts...
11/05/2019

#dendrochronology : the science of dating...by the study of tree rings in aged wood. We are so fortunate to have experts William Flynt and Eric Gradoia from @historicdeerfield and Ritchie Garrison and Jeff Klee from @vernaculararchitectureforum officially dating our @oldordinary property. Students from @nbssboston joined today to observe. #hingham #history

A post on our Society blog offers observations on Eleanor Roosevelt's 1942 collaboration with documentary photographer F...
11/02/2019
Three Herrings and a Pung Ride

A post on our Society blog offers observations on Eleanor Roosevelt's 1942 collaboration with documentary photographer Frances Cooke Macgregor, "This is America," and an invitation to our "Tea with Eleanor" event, Saturday afternoon, November 16th. Actress Sheryl Faye will play the First Lady in a one-woman show and the audience will get to drink the tea! Tickets on our website and via a link in the blog post. Click to learn more.

When settlers first arrived in New England they had a lot to learn. One of the first things was how to grow corn. Native Americans taught the new settlers how to fertilize soil for the corn with …

Our November events email went out to members this morning. Candlelight Tours @oldordinary Lectures, Tea with “Eleanor...
10/31/2019

Our November events email went out to members this morning. Candlelight Tours @oldordinary Lectures, Tea with “Eleanor”, Harvest Supper. So many reasons to celebrate #Hingham history. Check your inbox and join us.

10/29/2019
Harbor Media

Thank you, Harbor Media, for this well-made and informative video on some of the houses on our 2019 Historic House Tour! And thank you to our knowledgeable docents, Susan Achille and Isabel Ventre, and Peter Hall and Gary Tondorf-Dick of the Hingham Militia, for sharing their expertise. Click to watch!

The Hingham Historical Society's 95th Annual House Tour. This year’s tour illustrated several stories of the old homes and about the people who lived there.

10/25/2019
Waves Of Change I The Civil War Years: Hingham and the White House

Now on YouTube, thanks to Harbor Media: the first of our Waves of Change lectures: Hingham's own Jim Conroy on Lincoln's White House. If you missed it at the Hingham Heritage Museum, click to watch!

The Hingham Historical Society held a presentation as part of their Waves of Change lecture series. James B. Conroy came to speak on Abraham Lincoln's White ...

Williams Early Apple No.47, by Isaac Sprague. Read about this #Hingham artist in link👆 Worked with #Audubon and Asa G...
10/22/2019

Williams Early Apple No.47, by Isaac Sprague. Read about this #Hingham artist in link👆 Worked with #Audubon and Asa Gray in the 19th century as America worked to record its botanical, horticultural and natural world.

Today! #hinghamartswalk2019 we proudly host Hingham photographers @billbrettboston signing copies of his new book (swipe...
10/20/2019

Today! #hinghamartswalk2019 we proudly host Hingham photographers @billbrettboston signing copies of his new book (swipe right) & @kerry_brett Fine Art Photography 12-4 Hingham Heritage Museum 34 Main St. in historic downtown #Hingham. @ Hingham Historical Society

#Onthisday 238 years ago, #Hingham ‘s Gen. Benjamin Lincoln received the British sword of surrender to end the America...
10/19/2019

#Onthisday 238 years ago, #Hingham ‘s Gen. Benjamin Lincoln received the British sword of surrender to end the American Revolution. We commemorate today with a banner in front of the Hingham Heritage Museum featuring John Trumbull’s painting The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis which hangs in the US Capitol rotunda. Stay with us on the road ahead to learn more about General Lincoln, his family, his life in Hingham and his role in our nation’s founding.

Follow along with our friends, Laura & Hilary- the wise and very hardworking founders of the @anchorhingham as they cele...
10/18/2019

Follow along with our friends, Laura & Hilary- the wise and very hardworking founders of the @anchorhingham as they celebrate the one year anniversary of their news site by taking a trip to #Hingham, England. Have fun, ladies and say hello to the Hobarts for us! ...and the Beals, ...and the Lincolns...and the Cushing’s... and, well, you get the picture.

Join us Sunday 12-4 in historic downtown #Hingham as we welcome Bill Brett, Kerry Brett, Alex Guild and Alice Marleaux t...
10/17/2019

Join us Sunday 12-4 in historic downtown #Hingham as we welcome Bill Brett, Kerry Brett, Alex Guild and Alice Marleaux to the Hingham Heritage Museum. More details on each artist in the coming days. Stay Tuned

Votes for Women!  Please come hear author Barbara Berenson discuss the Massachusetts women who led the suffrage movement...
10/14/2019

Votes for Women! Please come hear author Barbara Berenson discuss the Massachusetts women who led the suffrage movement from first National Woman’s Rights Convention, held in Worcester in 1850, to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. This FREE event, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Hingham, will be held this Thursday, October 17th, at 7pm, at the Old Ordinary Annex, 21 Lincoln Street, Hingham.

Happy 415th Birthday to the Rev. Peter Hobart (born Hingham, England, Oct. 13, 1604; died Hingham, Mass., Jan. 20, 1679)...
10/13/2019
Hingham Tercentenary Pageant Scrapbook

Happy 415th Birthday to the Rev. Peter Hobart (born Hingham, England, Oct. 13, 1604; died Hingham, Mass., Jan. 20, 1679). A Puritan minister who led his congregation from Hingham, England, to Charlestown in 1630 and thence to Bare Cove (later incorporated as Hingham) in 1635, Hobart is pictured here as a character in Hingham's Tercentenary Pageant of 1935, played by the Rev. Abbott Peterson of Hingham's Second Parish.

1st Episode - The Early Settlers (September 18, 1635) Rev. Abbot Peterson, Jr., as Rev. Peter Hobart leads early settlers in prayer.

Tomorrow's Waves of Change: Hingham 1850-1950 Panel Discussion: Hingham's Italian Immigrant Community is SOLD OUT. No ti...
10/12/2019

Tomorrow's Waves of Change: Hingham 1850-1950 Panel Discussion: Hingham's Italian Immigrant Community is SOLD OUT. No tickets will be sold at the door. Thank you for your support. Join us on November 10th at 3PM with Scott McMillan and Jim Rose on the lasting imprints of WWI and WWII in our community.

Governor John Davis Long (1838-1915) One of two #Hingham men to become Governor of Massachusetts (1880 to 1883.) Appoint...
10/11/2019

Governor John Davis Long (1838-1915) One of two #Hingham men to become Governor of Massachusetts (1880 to 1883.) Appointed Secretary of the Navy under President William McKinley (1897 to 1902.) #history #hinghamhistoricalsociety

Blu Lemonade Photography
10/07/2019

Blu Lemonade Photography

The Hingham Historical House Tour last weekend was simply amazing! The history in this small town is beyond impressive and we have HIngham Historical Society to thank for keeping that history alive. 💕

Reading the stories behind these homes was so cool. From the small home where Eleanor Roosevelt once dined with secret service in tow, to the IMPRESSIVE Benjamin Lincoln home, so perfectly preserved - it felt so special to share the spaces where revolutionaries and First Ladies once dined and discussed the day.

But the highlight of the day for us was meeting Lucinda (Hopkins) Lee - standing in front of her childhood home with David. The man who swept her off her feet and spirited her away to Chestnut Hill so many years ago. She shared with us amazing stories about growing up in the home (her dad was a doctor) and laughed about some of the crazier ones. The sparkle in her eye said it all. It was a beautiful trip down memory lane. ❤️
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#hingham #hinghamhistoricalsociety #historicalhousetour #antiquehomes #predate #america #lincoln #benjaminlincoln #eleanorroosevelt #homeiswheretheartis #home #memorylane #keephistoryalive #preserve #remember #roots #lovewhereyoulive #lovewhatyoudo #blulemonadephotography @ Hingham, Massachusetts

95th Historic House Tour photos from @blu_kerry capture the day like never before. Thank you Kerry for sharing your tale...
10/07/2019

95th Historic House Tour photos from @blu_kerry capture the day like never before. Thank you Kerry for sharing your talents with us and thank you #Hingham for your support.

1945- Did you know our headquarters was @derby.academy from 1818-1966? Do you recognize any of these students?
10/04/2019

1945- Did you know our headquarters was @derby.academy from 1818-1966? Do you recognize any of these students?

Have you ever wondered how to get involved in our archives and collections management work? We'll be holding two archive...
10/04/2019

Have you ever wondered how to get involved in our archives and collections management work? We'll be holding two archives/collections volunteer orientation sessions on Thurs., Oct. 10th, at 10AM and 7:30PM and hope you'll come and find out more. No experience required--just enthusiasm and a desire to learn! PM the Society here with any questions or to RSVP.

Peter Hall of the #Hingham Militia stands outside The General Benjamin Lincoln House during yesterday’s 95th Hingham H...
10/01/2019

Peter Hall of the #Hingham Militia stands outside The General Benjamin Lincoln House during yesterday’s 95th Hingham Historic House Tour. 📸: Jennifer LaRhette

As the sun sets on our 95th Annual Historic House Tour, the Hingham Historical Society would like to say thank you to ou...
09/29/2019

As the sun sets on our 95th Annual Historic House Tour, the Hingham Historical Society would like to say thank you to our wonderful homeowners, public building stewards, volunteers, committee members, community partners and everyone who bought a ticket and came out today. Until next year, thank you. #hinghamhousetour

As the sun sets on our 95th Annual Historic House Tour, the Hingham Historical Society would like to say thank you to ou...
09/29/2019

As the sun sets on our 95th Annual Historic House Tour, the Hingham Historical Society would like to say thank you to our wonderful homeowners, public building stewards, volunteers, committee members, community partners and everyone who bought a ticket and came out today. Until next year, thank you. #hinghamhousetour

Today is the day! Our homes are open from 11AM-5PM. Tickets are available at @hinghamheritagemuseum. #hinghamhousetour
09/29/2019

Today is the day! Our homes are open from 11AM-5PM. Tickets are available at @hinghamheritagemuseum. #hinghamhousetour

Today is the day! Our homes are open from 11AM-5PM. Tickets are available at @hinghamheritagemuseum. #hinghamhousetour
09/29/2019

Today is the day! Our homes are open from 11AM-5PM. Tickets are available at @hinghamheritagemuseum. #hinghamhousetour

The Old Ordinary of Hingham is ready and waiting for tomorrow's tour! Be sure to come by The Hingham Heritage Museum to ...
09/28/2019

The Old Ordinary of Hingham is ready and waiting for tomorrow's tour! Be sure to come by The Hingham Heritage Museum to pick up your tickets! If you haven't snagged yours yet, visit hinghamhistorical.org. #hinghamhousetour

Major General Benjamin Lincoln of Hingham accepts the British sword of surrender at Yorktown, VA on October19, 1781 whil...
09/28/2019

Major General Benjamin Lincoln of Hingham accepts the British sword of surrender at Yorktown, VA on October19, 1781 while Commander George Washington watches from the rear. See the home of Benjamin Lincoln - Hingham’s American Revolutionary War hero- during tomorrow’s 95th Historic #Hingham House Tour. Tickets available on our website. This incredible painting by John Trumbull (1756-1843) hangs in the rotunda of the US Capitol.

The Henry Cushing House has been sitting pretty on Main Street since 1822. Three generations of Cushings occupied this s...
09/27/2019

The Henry Cushing House has been sitting pretty on Main Street since 1822. Three generations of Cushings occupied this stately colonial-style home. You can tour it this Sunday. Two days to go. Visit us at hinghamhistorical.org or at The Hingham Heritage Museum for tickets! #hinghamhousetour

Who has not wanted to go inside the famous leaning house on Main Street? The Elisha Cushing House dates to 1715 and is h...
09/26/2019

Who has not wanted to go inside the famous leaning house on Main Street? The Elisha Cushing House dates to 1715 and is hands-down one of our favorites. Buy tickets today at hinghamhistorical.org or at the Hingham Heritage Museum. #hinghamhousetour

09/25/2019

There are only 11 free-standing change-ringing bell towers in the world; Hingham’s Memorial Bell Tower is one of them. Learn the history behind the bells and how they are rung in four days. House Tour is this Sunday 11-5! HinghamHistorical.org for tickets. #hinghamhousetour

Forecast for Sunday is great! Our line up of historic homes is even better. Buy your tickets online at hinghamhistorical...
09/25/2019

Forecast for Sunday is great! Our line up of historic homes is even better. Buy your tickets online at hinghamhistorical.org and come downtown to the Hingham Heritage Museum and pick up your Ticket book. Ticket book includes house details and the map to your tour! We are open 9am- 5pm today thru Friday and Saturday & Sunday we open at 10.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once lunched at the Raymond Stoddard House in 1942, photos from which she later published i...
09/24/2019

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once lunched at the Raymond Stoddard House in 1942, photos from which she later published in a book, co-authored by photographer Frances Cooke Macgregor, called “This is America.” So much to learn in our own backyard. FIVE days to go. HinghamHistorical.org for tickets. #hinghamhousetour

Oh Reverend Henry Miles House—let us count the ways we ❤️you! Six days to go until you can tour this 1881 beauty. ...
09/23/2019

Oh Reverend Henry Miles House—let us count the ways we ❤️you! Six days to go until you can tour this 1881 beauty. Get your tickets online early! HinghamHistorical.org #hinghamhousetour #hinghamhistoricalsociety

The doors of several iconic public buildings will be open during the House Tour in just one week! New North Church dates...
09/22/2019

The doors of several iconic public buildings will be open during the House Tour in just one week! New North Church dates to 1806 and Second Parish Meeting House to 1742! Tickets at HinghamHistorical.org #HinghamHouseTour #hinghamhistoricalsociety

If you missed the Benjamin Lincoln House, 1666, on last year’s tour—do NOT miss it twice. Back by popular demand, th...
09/21/2019

If you missed the Benjamin Lincoln House, 1666, on last year’s tour—do NOT miss it twice. Back by popular demand, the Benjamin Lincoln House is so special, we just had to feature it again. Eight days to go. HinghamHistorical.org for tickets! #HinghamHistoricalSociety #HinghamHouseTour

We introduce you to the Isaac Lane House, circa 1810. If you never wanted to live in an antique home—you will now. Nin...
09/20/2019

We introduce you to the Isaac Lane House, circa 1810. If you never wanted to live in an antique home—you will now. Nine days to go. Tickets at HinghamHistorical.org #HinghamHouseTour #hinghamhistoricalsociety

Let the countdown begin! Meet the Caleb Thaxter House, 1775–one of eight private homes on this year’s tour. Tickets ...
09/19/2019

Let the countdown begin! Meet the Caleb Thaxter House, 1775–one of eight private homes on this year’s tour. Tickets at HinghamHistorical.org. #hinghamhistoricalsociety #hinghamhousetour

Education Committee co-chair, Eileen McIntyre sits down with @harbor_media_ @joecollymoreactor to discuss our 2019-2020 ...
09/18/2019

Education Committee co-chair, Eileen McIntyre sits down with @harbor_media_ @joecollymoreactor to discuss our 2019-2020 Lecture Series: Waves of Change. Watch at link in comments- interview starts at 5:30. Lecture series BEGINS SUNDAY! Subscriptions on sale now at hinghamhistorical.org #hingham #southshorema #lifelonglearning #lectures

The countdown begins this week! Tickets at HinghamHistorical.org#hinghamhistoricalsociety #hinghamhousetour
09/16/2019

The countdown begins this week! Tickets at HinghamHistorical.org
#hinghamhistoricalsociety #hinghamhousetour

Tavern Weekend continued with Brunch 🍳& bloodies 🍹 to support the @oldordinary house museum. How cool is this pock...
09/16/2019

Tavern Weekend continued with Brunch 🍳& bloodies 🍹 to support the @oldordinary house museum. How cool is this pocketbook, carried by one of our guests, made by @talbotsofficial for the #bicentennial in 1976?! Stay tuned this week for photos from both Tavern Weekend events. Thank you #hingham #tavernweekend #Repost @4marlie4
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34 Main St
Hingham, MA
02043

MBTA 220 Bus to Hingham Square (Station Street). MBTA Commuter Greenbush line to West Hingham, .8 mile walk to Hingham Square

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Wednesday 11:00 - 15:00
Thursday 11:00 - 15:00
Friday 11:00 - 15:00
Saturday 11:00 - 15:00

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(781) 749-7721

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