When Captain John Smith discovered “Quonahasset” in 1614, he described it as a “paradise of all these parts.” It has remained so for more than three centuries. As a classic unspoiled New England village, Cohasset has been chosen as the setting for several movies and commercials.
Shipbuilding and mackerel fishing expanded in the early 1880s. During the 1870s, Cohasset’s maritime industry was on the decline but its scenic beauty and cool ocean breezes were discovered by actors and wealthy Bostonians who began summering here and building large estates. Yachts replaced fishing schooners in the harbor.
In the early years of the 20th century, Cohasset benefited from forward thinking individuals who formed associations to acquire large tracts of land for public recreation and conservation. The 1930s and 1940s saw the large summer estates being transformed to year round residences. By the 1950’s, Cohasset had become increasingly suburban with
many residents commuting to Boston.
The beautiful Town of Cohasset covers a nine-square-mile area distinguished by its well-maintained colonial homes and its wild ocean vistas of spectacular beauty. The town is located just 20 miles south of Boston and is predominately residential in character with a population of around 7,600. Route 3A bisects the town and provides access to a multitude of small and large businesses, boutiques and specialty shops. Cohasset Village encompasses a quaint, yet spacious, town common with a small duck pond, stores, boutiques and shops. Surrounding this lovely common are the famed colonial First Parish Meeting House and St. Stephen’s Church with its 56 bell carillon that has offered Sunday concerts since 1824. Cohasset also boasts the renowned South Shore Music Circus and three historical museums
(Caleb Lothrop House, Captain John Wilson House, and Maritime Museum).
Many of Cohasset’s residents make the daily commute to work (into Boston and beyond) by train, bus, car or commuter boat. The MBTA’s commuter rail Greenbush Line has a Cohasset station off Route 3A.
Cohasset Public Schools
Carriage House Nursery School 781.383.9785
Sand Castle Child Care: 781.383.6789
Joseph Osgood Elementary School 781.741-1520
Deer Hill Elementary School 781.383.6115
Cohasset Middle-High School 781.383.6100
Public Schools: http://www.cohassetk12.org
Day Care/Preschool http://www.eec.state.ma.us/oo_licensing.aspx
For more information on Cohasset: http://www.cohassetchamber.org/ or http://www.key-biz.com/ssn/cohasset/index.shtml