Historical Sites

Cushing Memorial State Park

8 Cushing Rd, Scituate, MA 02066, USA

Owned By: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

A short woodland trail leads to the burial site of Chief Justice William Cushing. Possibly the smallest state park in the Commonwealth.


This is the resting place for Chief Justice William Cushing, who lived from 1732 to 1810. He served on the first United States Supreme Court from 1789-1810, and is regarded as Scituate’s Greatest Citizen. Cushing graduated from Harvard College in 1751. He began to practice law in 1755. In 1760, he moved to Lincoln County, Massachusetts (Now Dresden, Maine), and served as a Probate Judge and Justice of the Peace. In 1772, he was appointed to the Superior Court of Massachusetts Bay Province. After the American Revolution, he became a Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, and in 1777 was elevated to Chief Justice, an office he served until 1789. On September 24, 1789, President George Washington nominated Cushing as one of the original Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. Two days later, the Senate confirmed the appointment. Cushing served on the Supreme Court for twenty years until his death at the age of 78.

Trail Description

A lot of history is packed into this short wooded trail, which leads to, and around, the burial site of Chief Justice Cushing.

Habitats and Wildlife

Many species of small mammals such as rabbits, raccoons, and opossums call this woodland home.

8 Cushing Rd, Scituate, MA 02066, USA

Historic Site: Yes

Park: Yes

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 4.8 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Limited on-site parking at the end of Cushing Park Road.

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Dogs: Yes

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: No

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: North River watershed

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