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.

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.

Operating as usual

September Member Newsletter in today’s email. Early ticketing access for members. Don’t miss any of our upcoming program...
09/08/2020

September Member Newsletter in today’s email. Early ticketing access for members. Don’t miss any of our upcoming programs. #hingham #hinghamma #alwayslearning #getoutside

Grateful to whoever or whomever has graced @oldordinary & @hinghamheritagemuseum with these beautiful reminders that com...
09/03/2020

Grateful to whoever or whomever has graced @oldordinary & @hinghamheritagemuseum with these beautiful reminders that community is everything. Thank you #Hingham and #thankyouessentialworkers These buildings have witnessed times of triumph and great trial. History reminds us...#wegotthis !

09/01/2020
Get Hip with History: Who Am I? #3

Who Am I? More happiness coming at you in this video entry to our Get Hip with History: Who Am I? program. Get crafty with the young people in your life and join us. Details at hinghamhistorical.org In the meantime, let's celebrate one of America's beloved Essential Workers.

Happy #taxfree weekend #massachusetts ! Support your local #Hingham merchants. Lyman F. McKenna’s 1916 tax bill included...
08/29/2020

Happy #taxfree weekend #massachusetts ! Support your local #Hingham merchants. Lyman F. McKenna’s 1916 tax bill included a poll tax, real estate tax, personal property tax, and “moth tax,” an assessment to pay the Commonwealth for gypsy moth eradication efforts.🐛🌳

The Thaxter Mansion portico was saved when the mansion was demolished in 1870 to make way for St. Paul Parish on North S...
08/26/2020

The Thaxter Mansion portico was saved when the mansion was demolished in 1870 to make way for St. Paul Parish on North St. in #Hingham The portico was moved to the side yard of the W. Allan Gay House on South St. (next to S.S. Country Club.) It has since had two additional homes. Do you know where? Read more on our blog https://outofthearchives.org/2014/12/27/the-portico-finds-its-home/

What is it? Sign up for our History Moment emails by messaging us your email and find out tomorrow morning!  #history #a...
08/22/2020

What is it? Sign up for our History Moment emails by messaging us your email and find out tomorrow morning! #history #artifact #hingham #silver #hinghamma

Where was this? Find out tonight on a FREE 30 minute tour of Historic Downtown #Hingham - meet at the kiosk across from ...
08/20/2020

Where was this? Find out tonight on a FREE 30 minute tour of Historic Downtown #Hingham - meet at the kiosk across from Nonas at 5, 6 or 7pm. It’s #thirdthursdaystroll sponsored by @hinghamdowntown #showyoursupport #shoplocal #wearamask #itsabeautifulnight

Join us in downtown #Hingham for #ThirdThursday Strolls FREE walking tours with your proof of purchase from a downtown b...
08/19/2020

Join us in downtown #Hingham for #ThirdThursday Strolls FREE walking tours with your proof of purchase from a downtown business. Tours start on the hour at 4pm and run through 7pm. Meet at the Info Kiosk across from Nonas. #shoplocal #wearamask #hinghamma #hinghamshipyard #hinghamhistory #southshorema #newenglandlife

Click here to read another fascinating guest post on our blog post from Meg Ferris Kenagy, who traces the history of thr...
08/16/2020
Hingham Sailors in the Civil War: Where the Wild Winds Swept Them

Click here to read another fascinating guest post on our blog post from Meg Ferris Kenagy, who traces the history of three young men from Hingham who enlisted in the Union's navy in 1862--small town boys briefly on the national stage.

In August 1862, three young Hingham men enlisted in the U.S. Navy. At the Charlestown Navy Yard, they were issued uniforms and entered into the record: Benjamin Jones, twenty-nine, hazel eyes, dark…

“Years ago a Tavern stood, somewhere in this neighborhood...” who remembers Ye Olde Mill Grille in #Hingham Harbor? Now ...
08/15/2020

“Years ago a Tavern stood, somewhere in this neighborhood...” who remembers Ye Olde Mill Grille in #Hingham Harbor? Now home to The Liberty Grille - call our friend Christian for takeout pizza #781-749-2444

We love our collection of dolls and toy figures because they were played with, loved, and passed along by HIngham's own ...
08/05/2020
What a Doll

We love our collection of dolls and toy figures because they were played with, loved, and passed along by HIngham's own children. Click below to access an album of photos; click on each image in the album to find out more.

08/03/2020
Get Hip with History: Who Am I? #2

Who Am I?
45-seconds of happiness coming at you in this video entry to our Get Hip with History: Who Am I? program. Get crafty with the young people in your life and join us. Details at hinghamhistorical.org In the meantime and on the heels of NASA/SpaceX's exciting week, who IS our young historian?

Tomorrow at 9AM! Tickets available at hinghamhistorical.org. Thanks Downtown Hingham for suggesting a picture perfect da...
07/31/2020

Tomorrow at 9AM! Tickets available at hinghamhistorical.org. Thanks Downtown Hingham for suggesting a picture perfect day! #hingham #shoplocal

Make downtown Hingham your destination spot this weekend. 😎Start off with a historical tour offered at 9:00AM on Saturday by @hinghamhistorical and experience a walking tour to learn about the unique history of downtown. 👣 Then spend some time shopping and grab lunch & a drink and enjoy outside dining at @snugpub or @thesquarecafe. Then stroll to the harbor to rent a kayak or stand up board via @hinghamrecreation and enjoy the water and explore one of the Hingham Harbor Islands. 🌊 #discoverhingham #hinghamhistoric #thesnug #thesquarecafe #shoplocalstaysafe

No better place to enjoy your @nonashomemade ! Join us on the porch, patio or wall all summer long. We are your #Hingham...
07/31/2020

No better place to enjoy your @nonashomemade ! Join us on the porch, patio or wall all summer long. We are your #Hingham Heritage Museum.

07/30/2020
Get Hip With History: Who Am I?

Calling All Kids! Are you looking for a fun project with the young people in your life? Combine some of their favorite activities - make believe, crafts and the smartphone - to create a "Who Am I?" video? Check out our debut Get Hip with History: Who Am I? video below and then get your budding history buff to research a historical character, dress up, create and submit a 60 second video where they share biographical details about their character but never say the character's name and end with "Who Am I?" Submit the video on our website and we will share it online so the world can answer "Who am I?" Visit hinghamhistorical.org for more details. Lights, Camera, Action!

A military honor guard places the casket of congressman John Lewis in the Capitol Rotunda. #BenjaminLincoln of  #Hingham...
07/30/2020

A military honor guard places the casket of congressman John Lewis in the Capitol Rotunda. #BenjaminLincoln of #Hingham in the background in Trumbull’s painting “Surrender of Lord Cornwallis.” Front page of yesterday’s Washington Post. So much to learn from both of their lives. RIP Congressman. 📸 @mattmcclainphoto #goodtrouble #americanhistory

Was this you today? Dr. Valentine Stephen Duff (1886 - 1938) and Antonio Agliero Rinella (1886 - 1954) photographed at t...
07/28/2020

Was this you today? Dr. Valentine Stephen Duff (1886 - 1938) and Antonio Agliero Rinella (1886 - 1954) photographed at the beach in 1914. Thank you, Geri Duff for this perfect summer photo. #hingham

Historic! Seated outdoor dining in #Hingham Square @hinghamdowntown Director, Lynn Barclay and @krigsman_yoga Kelley Tru...
07/25/2020

Historic! Seated outdoor dining in #Hingham Square @hinghamdowntown Director, Lynn Barclay and @krigsman_yoga Kelley Truchan and their dates take in the experience. This is how we keep historic downtown Hingham strong. Next Friday this can be YOU. 4pm walking tour of historic Hingham followed by dinner at @snugpub @thesquarecafe or @caffetosca Buy tickets in Link 👆#shoplocal #stayhealthy #getoutside #southahorema #hinghamma #hinghamharbor @ Downtown Hingham

Any guesses? Join us tomorrow at 9AM for a walking tour of historic downtown #Hingham to find out. Buy tickets in link 👆...
07/24/2020

Any guesses? Join us tomorrow at 9AM for a walking tour of historic downtown #Hingham to find out. Buy tickets in link 👆 Grab some coffee and spend an hour learning more about the places you pass everyday. Tours depart from the @hinghamheritagemuseum Photos from the John P. Richardson Collection of the Hingham Historical Society and Hingham Historical Commission.

Each year, the Hingham Historical Society awards its W. Bradford Sprout, Jr., Architectural Award in recognition of a no...
07/09/2020

Each year, the Hingham Historical Society awards its W. Bradford Sprout, Jr., Architectural Award in recognition of a notable project involving the rehabilitation, restoration or preservation of an historic structure or property in the town of Hingham. This year, we honor the Trustees of High Street Cemetery for their restoration of Whiting Memorial Chapel. You can read more about the chapel and the Trustees' work on our blog, found at https://outofthearchives.org.

At the end of every school year, we award prizes to four hard-working and talented local students.  This year, Hingham H...
07/06/2020

At the end of every school year, we award prizes to four hard-working and talented local students. This year, Hingham High School graduating seniors Sydney Starling and Emma Fennelly won the Issac Sprague Award for drawing and painting and the William Addison Dwiggins Award for graphic arts, respectively. The 11th grade History prizes went to Julia Burm of Hingham High School and Charlotte Hannan of Notre Dame Academy. We wish we could show you pictures of the students accepting their awards but, under the circumstances, this photo of the Hingham High School graduating class of 1906 will have to do.

07/03/2020

Long may she wave. Thank you to the Town of #Hingham and HFD as they installed the Stars & Stripes over Main Street today with the help of the mighty Quint. Grateful for these beloved traditions. Happy 4th! 🎥 @johnrice6 Above the Line Productions

Hingham loves its  Fourth of July parade and we'll miss it sorely on Saturday.  Click on the image below to see a tribut...
07/03/2020
Everyone Loves a Parade

Hingham loves its Fourth of July parade and we'll miss it sorely on Saturday. Click on the image below to see a tribute to some of Hingham's parades of yesteryear . . . .

Hingham is a town that likes its parades, including but by no means limited to the parade that is at the center of our annual July Fourth festivities. This album includes photos taken at parades in Hingham over the past century or more.

06/27/2020
Campaign for the Benjamin Lincoln House - The Hingham Historical Society

The Hingham Historical Society in Hingham, Massachusetts invites you to preserve American history by contributing to the Campaign for the Benjamin Lincoln House - a National Historic Landmark. After 11 generations and 375 years, the house will be sold to the Hingham Historical Society thanks to the generosity of early donors and Community Preservation Act Funds from the Town of Hingham. We now need your support to equitably research, interpret and present the stories of over three centuries of inhabitants and transition the home from a private residence to a public historic site. Join us at https://hinghamhistorical.org/benjamin-lincoln-house/

Hooray for Historic #Hingham We are so grateful. Video in link 👆
06/26/2020

Hooray for Historic #Hingham We are so grateful. Video in link 👆

Explore historic #Hingham! Downtown walking tours every Thursday, Friday & Saturday $15 | $10 Members | Free for Childre...
06/23/2020

Explore historic #Hingham! Downtown walking tours every Thursday, Friday & Saturday $15 | $10 Members | Free for Children under 12 | One hour | One mile | Buy tickets in link 👆

06/20/2020
The Campaign for the Benjamin Lincoln House, Hingham, Massachusetts

Thank you, Hingham. With today’s Town Meeting vote for Community Preservation Funds for the Benjamin Lincoln House, you support our efforts to make this National Historic Landmark a public site- to inform and inspire for another 350 years. Thank you https://youtu.be/OdE4QgNeheY

The Hingham Historical Society in Hingham, Massachusetts invites you to preserve American history by contributing to the purchase and endowment of the Benjam...

Our Town Meeting has been held in lots of different places since the first was held in the summer of 1635, including Old...
06/19/2020

Our Town Meeting has been held in lots of different places since the first was held in the summer of 1635, including Old Ship Meetinghouse, Derby Hall (3rd Floor of Old Derby Academy, now the Hingham Heritage Museum), Agricultural Hall (on the site of what is now the Hingham Public Library), and Hingham High School. But tomorrow’s 2020 Town Meeting is unprecedented: it will convene at 2pm on the Hingham High School football field, outdoors and socially-distanced. It will be hot! But we encourage those who are able to come and be Hingham history makers. And our thanks to our elected officials and Town employees who have and continue to work to give us a Town Meeting in these extraordinary times. (Logistical details on the Town's website.)

24 Members of the 1890 Class of #Hingham High School. Today, 130 years later we celebrate Hingham Seniors with a 9am car...
06/13/2020

24 Members of the 1890 Class of #Hingham High School. Today, 130 years later we celebrate Hingham Seniors with a 9am car parade- Parade begins at NDA and heads North on Main to Free then Union, ending at the intersection of Pleasant. Come out and show your support. Pictured here as taken from the scrapbook caption “front row on the left side, the girl with the stripes on her dress is Sadie Howard, Billy Howard's sister, and back of her is Ella Bates, who married Charles Downey. In the back row of boys, the boy on the left is Rhodes Ripley. The tall boy in the middle is Oscar Hough, the father of the town treasurer. To the right of him, Henry Ripley, in front of him sits Wallace Pratt and to the right of Mr. Sanborn is Billy Stodder."

Caroline Tower was 12 when she finished this sampler. The middle part reads:“And when from above some kind angel shall c...
06/12/2020

Caroline Tower was 12 when she finished this sampler. The middle part reads:
“And when from above some kind angel shall come
To call me from earth to some happier home
To the scenes of my childhood my last look shall be given
'Twill seem as it now does a portrait of heaven."

Virtual public tours of @oldordinary are booking now! Free to members and $10 for non-members. Enjoy a docent- led tour ...
06/11/2020

Virtual public tours of @oldordinary are booking now! Free to members and $10 for non-members. Enjoy a docent- led tour of Hingham’s 1686 House Museum from the comfort of your own home. Featuring 360 views and interactivity. Register in link 👆

For over 125 years and several generations of Gordons- #gordonbuildingmovers has been moving structures all over Massach...
06/10/2020

For over 125 years and several generations of Gordons- #gordonbuildingmovers has been moving structures all over Massachusetts including Hingham’s Old Fort from Fort Hill Street which they moved to Old Ordinary in 2013. This week, the Fort was moved again onto its permanent foundation at 21 Lincoln St. Future @oldordinary tours will include a visit to see this first period treasure. Thanks Gordons, Ben Wilcox & Team, Peter Bickford and #Hingham Community Preservation Funds. Plus Gordons’ represent: Go @hinghamlax & @harbormenhockey 💥 @ The Old Ordinary of Hingham

Good morning! It’s a beautiful day to get out... just as these gentlemen did for a carriage ride near #Hingham harbor in...
06/08/2020

Good morning! It’s a beautiful day to get out... just as these gentlemen did for a carriage ride near #Hingham harbor in the early 20th century.

Address

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

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(781) 749-7721

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