299 Corn Hill Ln, North Marshfield, MA 02059, USA
Owned By: Town of Marshfield
Mary’s Garden is tiny “pocket park” at the end of Cornhill Lane. It offers gorgeous views of the North River and its marshes. It was created in honor of Mary Eliot, who lived nearby and was a longtime, staunch supporter of river conservation efforts.
This is also the site of the Rogers Shipyard (1790-1819). Pacific Trader, the only snow-rigged vessel of record on the North River, was built here by Israel Rogers. Snows were used quite a bit for merchant shipping during the American revolution. A plaque marks the site.
Cornhill Lane was originally called Gravelly Beach Lane. The Rogers family had a shipyard here, at the end of Cornhill Lane, at a spot known as Gravelly Beach. They also operated a shipyard near Little’s Bridge in Marshfield. They owned several houses along the lane, and also elsewhere in North Marshfield, including Nelson Forest.
Numerous members of the Rogers family — including Thomas, Asa, Samuel, Stephen, Joseph, Israel, Peleg, and Thomas — built ships at Gravelly Beach. They were skilled ship carpenters, very much in demand, and also worked at other yards up and down the river. Amos Rogers probably built the first ship at this site in 1792, the schooner Persis (90 tons). A number of sloops, schooners and brigantines followed, with participation by various family members.
There was a large saw pit adjacent to the shipyard. Teams of oxen were employed to drag white pine and oak there, to be cut by hand. Additional lumber was cut at the Hatch Mill, a short distance south. There was a cart path that ran from the ferry at today’s Union Street Bridge, along the lowland near the edge of the marsh to the end of Cornhill Lane, and then onward to Two Mile Brook, all the way to Maryland Street.
Habitats and Wildlife
Watch for cormorants along this stretch of the river. You may notice them diving for fish.
Historic Site: Yes
Boat Launch: No
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Limited on-site parking at the end of Cornhill Lane.
Trail Difficulty: No trails.
A single bench offers an opportunity to sit and admire the view.
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: Yes
Scenic Views: Yes