Weymouth is an historic community that emerged in the earliest colonial era of New England as the second oldest township in the Commonwealth. Founded as the Wessagussett colony in 1622, Weymouth has been an active participant in every major cultural and economic trend to affect the region since colonization. Remnants of each era are evident in the very shape of the community, including its buildings, land use, monuments, and roads. Notable historic artifacts and landmarks of Weymouth include a dugout aboriginal canoe (600+ years old), the birthplace of Abigail Adams, the Town's Civic Center District, and the architecturally-significant Fogg Library, Jefferson School, and Washington School.
Weymouth Historical Commission
The Weymouth Historical Commission, established in 1964, is the agency responsible for identifying and recording the historic assets of Weymouth as well as developing and implementing a program for their preservation. The Commission works in close cooperation with other municipal agencies to ensure that the goals of historic preservation are incorporated in the community's development. The Historical Commission also coordinates the activities of local groups whose interests involve history or historic preservation and serves as a liaison between these groups and outside state and federal agencies.
Demolition Delay Ordinance
To better preserve and protect historic properties, the Town of Weymouth has adopted a Demolition Delay Ordinance (see Weymouth Code of Ordinances, Chapter 7, Section 7-201) which requires up to a six (6) month delay in any request to demolish an historically-significant building. This delay affords the Historical Commission time to evaluate the significance of the building and determine whether or not alternatives to demolition are available. Click here to review those structures presently covered by the Demolition Delay Ordinance.
For information on historic properties and areas in Weymouth, residents can visit the Historical Commission's webpage. In addition, the online Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS) allows any person to search the Massachusetts Historical Commission's database for its inventory of historic assets across the Commonwealth.
Links to additional information resources are provided below:
- Preservation Plan for the Town of Weymouth (Christine S. Beard Associates, unknown date)
- Weymouth 350th Anniversary Booklet (350th Anniversary Committee, 1972)
- Weymouth Civil War Centennial Commemoration Booklet (Weymouth Historical Society, Mar 1963)
- Brief History of the Weymouth Town Halls (David B. Wight - Historical Commission Chair, 1988)
- Weymouth 300th Anniversary Booklet (Publicity Division of the Weymouth Tercenternary Committee, 1922)
- Story Map Showing the Beginning in North Weymouth: Wessaguscus - Old Spain - Wessagusset (Unknown publisher and date)
- Boards, Commissions & Committees
- Community Data
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
- Community Preservation
- Complete Streets
- Farmer's Market
- Flood Maps
- Green Community Designation
- Highlighted Projects
- Historic Preservation
- Home Elevation Grant Program
- Housing Programs
- King Oak Hill Park
- MassDOT Road and Bridge Projects
- Parks Projects
- Plans, Reports & Studies
- Sign Up for E-Alerts
- Social Services Guide
- Town Master Plan
- Union Point