Monday, August 29, 2011

Cohasset - an old town on Boston's south shore

The coastline of Northern New England are scattered with small, quaint and very old towns. Many of the date back to the earliest times of what was to become the United States of America. One of these towns is Cohasset, on Boston’s south shore.

Quiet Cohasset street after Halloween 2011
The area was supposedly seen before the first settlers arrived at Plymouth with the Mayflower in 1620.

After the the co-founder of Jamestown in Virginia, Captain John Smith returned to the Americas from England he made a trip along the New England area in 1614 and is supposed to have explored the area around Cohasset.

The town's name is derived from the native-American Algonquian language. The word "Conahasset," means "long rocky place”. The town was founded in 1670, and is today an affluent Boston suburb. The wealth of the area is particularly visible if driving Jerusalem Road with large mansions facing the rocky Atlantic coastline.

I love New England towns like Cohasset, and if you have made visit and have that strange feeling that you have been here before, you may be right if you have enjoyed the film Witches of Eastwick.

Many of the scenes of this film were shot here, encapsulating the magic of New England. The few streets of the town centre are lined with beautiful and sometimes strange wooden buildings, some very old, after American standard.

Here are a few of Cohasset's historic buildings

The First Paris Meeting house on the Cohasset Common is built around 1750. Photo: John Phelan
Left: Captain Wilson House (1810). Right: Maritime Museum (1760)
The impressive Saint-Stephens Episcopal Church built 1899
A strange old house found by Cohasset railway station

Vis New England, New York State and Washington DC on Enjoy Food & Travel 2006 - 2010 i et større kart

Have you forgotten the Witches of Eastwick - see trailer here

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