Historical Preservation

old town hall
Old Meeting House, East Weymouth

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, the birthplace of Abigail Adams, the Town's Civic Center District, and the architecturally-significant Fogg Library, Jefferson School, and Washington School.

Historical Commission

The Town's Historical Commission is responsible for identifying and recording the historical 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 historic preservation goals are incorporated in the Town's growth and 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

Pursuant to the Town's Demolition Delay Ordinance §7-201, no demolition permit may be issued for six months following a determination by the Historical Commission that the building or structure to be demolished is historically or architecturally significant and is preferably preserved. The purpose of this delay period is to afford the Historical Commission an opportunity to investigate alternatives to demolition to protect the historical and architectural heritage and resources of the Town. Find a list of demolition delay structures here.

Information Resources

For information on historic properties and areas in Weymouth, visit the Historical Commission's website. In addition, the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS) provides free public access to the Massachusetts Historical Commission's complete inventory of historic properties and areas across the Commonwealth. 

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