144 Wessagussett Rd, Weymouth, MA 02191, USA
Owned By: Town of Weymouth
Located in North Weymouth, this small public beach is also known as “old beach.” It is located on the Fore River, not far from the Atlantic Ocean. Facing west, it looks out over the Boston skyline.
Look for the large sandy area immediately to the east of the Wessagusset Yacht Club. Parking is extremely limited, and is located over the hill, to the west of the yacht club, adjacent to a much rockier section of the beach. At low tide, you can walk between these two spots, along the water line. Just around the corner are the James T. O’Sullivan Playground and Great Hill Park.
This land is within the region of the Massachuseuk (or Massachusett) Native American tribe.
The beach is named for the colony of Wessagusset, formed in 1622 by Thomas Weston. A marker at Great Hill Park, around the corner, describes 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.
Follow the Fore River Watershed Association more information about the Monatiquot and Fore Rivers.
Habitats and Wildlife
This beach is located on the Fore River, not far from the spot where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The Fore River serves as the boundary line between the towns of Weymouth and Braintree. It flows for about 3 miles, into Quincy, where it meets Town River, and then flows for another 2 miles into Hingham Bay.
Striped bass and bluefish are the fish species most commonly found here.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Very limited parking in a small lot on Wessagusset Road, near the intersection with North Street. In addition, there is a town parking lot on North Street.
Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Fore River