Day/Date: SATURDAY -11/6/21
Towns visited: WEYMOUTH (and a re-visit to Hingham)
Had you ever been to any of these towns before? Yes /No
Drive to 1st town: 25 miles Time spent in town(s): 6 hours
What did we do in the town(s)/area?
While our day was focused on visiting Weymouth, we regretted that we didn’t get to visit Redeye Coffee Roasters when we visited Hingham back in February 2021. So, we made a beeline for this cafe to start our day with some delicious coffee and some beans. The cafe is sweetly placed by the marina and has a small outside area as well as a small inside area. We started to suspect that maybe this wasn’t the actual roasting site, so we asked the baristas. Sure enough, they roast their beans at a different location in Hull. While waiting for our drinks to be made, we started chatting with the owner, Bob, who is such a lovely person. We loved talking with him about the roasting process and our small business experiences. We learned of a new coffee he had been just sampling that day that had bubble gum in the name due to the hints of sweet notes in its flavor. We wished we could have tried some!
WEYMOUTH: Since we seem to be on a roll with the Adams family (the historic ones not the TV ones), we thought we’d take a tour of Weymouth where women’s rights activist and former first lady, Abigail Adams, was born. To follow our lead from our recent visit to Quincy, where we toured the birthplaces of her husband, John and, her son, John Quincy Adams, our first stop in Weymouth was her birthplace on Norton St. It was not open for tours or anything; it was simple sitting there in its historic relevance. The house is adjacent to a cemetery and amidst a very regular neighborhood. A few of the street names and a park bore the name of Abigail, and her presidential husband and son. We walked around a bit and took a few pictures.
From there, we drove about a mile or so to the “Town” hall which is right next to Abigail Adams Middle School and across from a big field. Weymouth seems to have a lot of fields and parks.
We learned a “fun fact” about Weymouth: it is a city with a city municipal government but, it has kept “town of Weymouth” in its official name. We aren’t quite sure why that is, or who actually cares but, since Weymouth is one of the 50 cities in MA, we wanted to mention it.
While we weren’t quite finished with the Abigail Adams to-do list, we took a quick break to visit WEBB MEMORIAL STATE PARK. This recreational park is on a peninsula surrounded by beautiful views of the Harbor Islands and of Boston. The whole loop is only about a mile long but it is the sweetest little place and we spent an extra 20 minutes or so just skipping stones along the water, drinking in the beautiful day and the serene surroundings.
After our park excursion, we decided to eat a bit of lunch. Not sure what our options were, we turned onto Rte 3A and happened upon a strip of shopping plazas. We turned into Riverway Plaza which was the one with a Mexican restaurant called Ocho Cafe and decided to get some food to go. We ordered fish tacos and soup and split them. It was just what we needed to fuel us up for the next part of our day.
Getting back to our Abigail to-do list, we asked our friend, Amy, (who lives in Hingham) to meet us at the Abigail Adams Park in North Weymouth, along the Back River Reservoir. Together, we walked and talked along a paved walkway with views of the water and several stones along the way that featured plaques on them with quotes by Abigail Adams which were taken from letters she had once written. This was a small park with just .7 miles of path but it was sweet and it felt intentionally open and yet intimate.
From there we headed back into Hingham to Weir River Farm. This Trustees managed property is a 75-acre picturesque farm with cows, llamas, horses, and beautiful views. It has a farm store (it had just closed when we got there) and it is surrounded by wooded areas known as Whitney & Thayer Woods which we walked through after the farm. Those trails eventually lead up to Turkey Hill (also a Trustees site) where there are even more beautiful views with a glimpse of the ocean. We saw several families taking professional pictures up there and one family with kids in Santa hats holding candy canes who were clearly creating their annual Christmas card photo.
Another friend joined us for this part of the adventure and we stopped atop the hill to chat and enjoy the views before we parted ways.
We were so impressed with all of the parks and open space in Weymouth and Hingham, as well as all of the sites dedicated to our 2nd First Lady, Abigail Adams. We traveled home at dusk through the blue lights of the Fore River Bridge.
Indigenous/ Native land info for this region: Wampanoag, Massachusett, Pokanoket