Historical Sites

Ashdod Triangle


Owned By: Duxbury Rural & Historical Society

A small open area with a stream running through it. Located at the intersection of Union and Congress Streets.


The Ashdod Triangle, acquired in 1908, was one of the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society’s earliest purchases. An important intersection for those traveling between Pembroke and Duxbury, it was initially acquired to preserve trees planted there (they are gone now).

Ashdod is the neighborhood name for this section of West Duxbury. It appealed to early settlers because its open meadows — bordered by Keene’s Brook, Philips Brook, and the South River — were excellent farmland. Later, mills were established on the streams. Local lore has it that the ditch that runs through the Ashdod Trail was established by Reuben Peterson in 1772, to bring water from a nearby swamp to his millpond across Congress Street.

Prior to European contact, the Mattakeeset band of the Massachuseuk (or Massachusett) Native American tribe lived for thousands of years in the North River watershed. Their village included most of today’s Pembroke and Hanson as well as parts of Duxbury. Meanwhile the Patuxet band of the Wampanoag tribe inhabited the Jones River watershed, and the area now known as Kingston, Plymouth and Duxbury. This property lies within the upper portion of the South River watershed — right between those two territories. It’s possible that both tribes utilized the area.

Trail Description

Open area; no trails.

Habitats and Wildlife

The stream (actually a 200-year-old manmade ditch) that runs through the triangle doesn’t have name, but it can be a fun place to explore.

42.06066, -70.748035

Historic Site: Yes

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 0.25 acre

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited roadside parking.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy


Bench, footbridge.

Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash or under control at all times. Scoop the poop!

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: South River watershed

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