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Town Parks & Monuments

Great Hill Park

Weymouth, MA 02191, USA

781.682.6124

https://weymouthma.myrec.com/info/facilities/details.aspx?FacilityID=8327

Owned By: Town of Weymouth

Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Boston skyline! This grassy hilltop park offers benches and a picnic area — a great spot to sit and contemplate the natural world.

Features

The park’s best feature is the view. There is a water tower here, as well as a flagpole, plus a historical marker commemorating the settlement of Weymouth

Note: The marker honors the colony of Wessagusset, formed in 1622 by Thomas Weston, and refers to the tense relationship between European settlers and native tribes at that time. The marker was placed in 1923, and re-dedicated in 1998. It focuses on the victory of Myles Standish and other European settlers over aboriginal leaders such as Wituwamat and Pecksuot.

While Standish has long been regarded as a hero of Plymouth Colony, it’s important also to acknowledge that he was a destructive force with regard to the native tribes that inhabited the region prior to, and during the time of, European colonization. In particular, consider the 1623 Massacre at Wessagusset, at which Standish lured members of the Neponset band of the Massachusett tribe into a small building and then attacked them, fatally wounding several. Standish was concerned that tribe members, especially Wituwamat, were conspiring against the colonists. Scholars have found no evidence of this plot.

More detailed information about the Native American tribes that inhabited the Weymouth area can be found at King Oak Hill Park in Weymouth. The remains of Wituwamat and Pecksuot are now interred at Old North Cemetery in Weymouth.

Trail Description

There are no trails here, but the park is large enough to accommodate a short walk.

Habitats and Wildlife

The grassy hilltop is lined with maple, sumac, oak, cherry, cedar and birch trees. Part of the Fore River watershed, Great Hill Park offers views of Boston Harbor.

Weymouth, MA 02191, USA

Historic Site: Yes

Park: No

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 27 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Ample on-site parking

Cost: Free

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Facilities:

Benches, trash receptacles, picnic tables.

Dogs: Yes

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: Yes

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Fore River watershed

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