Weymouth is a genuinely historic community that emerged in the earliest colonial era of New England as the second oldest township in Massachusetts. Settled as the Wessagusset 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 month delay in any request to demolish a historically-significant building. This delay affords the Historical Commission time to evaluate the significance of the building and determine whether alternatives to demolition are available. Click here to review 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 anyone to search the Massachusetts Historical Commission's database for its inventory of historic assets across the Commonwealth.
- 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)