Norwell is a quaint little town that situated between Hingham and Marshfield. It is located right off Route 3 and is the neighbor to two other coastal communities, Cohasset and Scituate.
A Little Norwell History
It was 1634 when Norwell was first settled. It was part of the settlement of Satuit, which at the time encompassed Norwell and Satuit. Today, Satuit is known as Scituate.
When Norwell was first created in 1849, it was known as South Scituate. The name change didn’t occur until 1888. That is when ballots were cast, and the town of Norwell was born. It was named after Henry Norwell, a dry goods merchant who provided financial assistance to ensure the town roads were properly maintained.
Living in Norwell
The early settlers came to Norwell for agricultural reasons. Later on, in the 18th and 19th centuries, Norwell became well-known for its shipbuilding industry. And while there are still vestiges of those times, today, Norwell is a modern day thriving city.
The town of Norwell has done a really great job of protecting its rural atmosphere. That makes it perfect for anyone who loves open spaces.
One thing you will quickly notice about many of the houses for sale in Norwell, MA, is that they are of historic nature. So, if you are looking for that old school, down-home feel, you will find it here. If you’re looking for something more modern, there are also new construction that is on the more contemporary side. It is important to note that all new construction is required to include a minimum of one acre of property, therefore, you will have plenty of outdoor space around your home. If you have children or animals, this, of course, is a plus.
When it comes to education, Norwell has a lot to offer. There are 11 preschools, 3 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 2 high schools, 4 public district schools, 1 public charter school, and 9 private schools.
Some of the top schools in the area are: Grace Farrar Cole, Norwell Middle School, Norwell High School, and South Shore Charter Public School.
Though small and quaint, Norwell has quite a few places to go shopping. There are 2 shopping malls: The Queen Anne Plaza and the Derby Street Shops. There are also large box stores such as T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods, as well as small gift shops like per Simmons.
There is no shortage of great food in Norwell. From Italian classics to hearty American comfort food, you can find it all in Norwell. Some of the more popular restaurants include: Scarlet Oak Tavern, The Tinker’s Son, Trattoria San Pietro, Strawberry Fair Restaurant, and Not Your Average Joe’s. Looking for something sweet? Stop by Hilliards Chocolates for some of the best chocolates around.