Highland Ave, Cohasset, MA 02025, USA
Owned By: Town of Cohasset
This grassy, tree-lined, 24-acre historic district is a lovely spot for picnic or a short stroll.
Nestled between Highland Ave. and North Main Street, between Robert E. Jason Road and William B. Long Jr. Road, this grassy green space is bordered by churches, private homes, and the Town Hall. It was designated as public land in 1670, when Cohasset was part of the town of Hingham, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
Prior to European contact, a band of the Massachusett Native American tribe maintained a village in what is now Cohasset. It was known as Quonahassit — often translated as “long rocky place.” In 1614, while exploring what was known then as the New World, Captain John Smith (1580-1631) landed in “Quonahassit Harbor” to trade for furs. The Quonahassit village was probably in the vicinity of today’s Elm Street, a summer camp for fishing, and for growing corn, beans and squash. The village moved inland during the winter for shelter, and to hunt for deer, turkey and other wildlife. A widespread plague decimated the Quonahassit population shortly after Smith’s visit.
The southern portion of the Cohasset Common is bordered by paved sidewalks. The northern portion does not have sidewalks around its border, however criss-crossed paved pathways cross its middle. Altogether there are about 0.5 miles of paved sidewalk/trail.
Habitats and Wildlife
The Cohasset Common is grassy and lined with stately trees, including elms. There is a manmade pond at the southern end of the property. Most of the Cohasset Common drains to James Brook, which flows into Cohasset Harbor. The northernmost section of the common drains into Little Harbor.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 24 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Limited on-street parking on some perimeter streets, plus additional parking at Cohasset Town Hall (Highland Ave.).
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Trash receptacles and picnic tables in two locations — next to St. Stephen’s Church and next to First Parish Unitarian Church. Duck pond with fountain (please do not feed the ducks!)
Dogs: Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: Yes
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: James Brook (Gulf River watershed), also Little Harbor watershed