Norwell Homes For Sale...
The Town has enjoyed a building boom and a great value!
The town of Norwell does not border Massachusetts Bay like some of its neighboring Plymouth County towns (Hingham, Scituate, and Marshfield), but it still offers picturesque waterfront property.
Norwell’s southern border is formed by the North River, and recreation enthusiasts love to kayak and canoe on its waters. The town was once home to a major shipbuilding industry, but now open space abounds, including Stetson Meadows and Norris Reservation on the river and Jacobs Pond Conservation Area in the northwest corner of town, near the South Shore Natural Science Center.
Arts and culture are alive and well in this town, which was once known as South Scituate.
Housed in a landmark 1874 Victorian building, the nonprofit James Library & Center for the Arts features a 90-seat concert hall, a free lending library, and an art gallery featuring new exhibits each month. In the 19th century, the building housed the First Parish Church library and was subsequently the home to Norwell’s public library until 1973. The Company Theatre has entertained local audiences since 1979 and is a three-time recipient of the Moss Hart Award, which recognizes outstanding New England productions.
An eclectic mix of people with star power were raised in Norwell, including blues singer Susan Tedeschi; producer, environmental activist, and Animal Planet host Jeff Corwin; and actress Jennifer Coolidge (“American Pie’’ and “2 Broke Girls’’).
Like a number of South Shore towns, Norwell has been a big attraction for home buyers. The town has enjoyed a building boom and rising real estate values;
Things To Do in Norwell...
Oceans, Parks,, Kayak, Canoe, Sightseeing, Arts, Horseback riding
Norwell was first settled in 1634 as a part of the settlement of Satuit (later Scituate), which encompassed present-day Scituate and Norwell. It was officially created in 1849 and soon became known as South Scituate. The town changed its name by ballotto Norwell in 1888, after Henry Norwell, a dry goods merchant who provided funds for the maintenance of the town roads. Early settlers were attracted to Norwell for agricultural reasons, with the town later developing a major shipbuilding industry, based on the North and Northwest rivers. Shipbuilding was a major industry in the 18th through the early 19th centuries. Some of the finest frigates, schooners, whalers, and merchant vessels were produced in Norwell. The Norwell Village Area Historic District is in the center of the town.
Today, Norwell is an affluent residential community with over 10,000 residents that has modern schools, shopping, churches, libraries, health facilities, a wildlife preserve, and other support facilities as well as three industrial parks.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.2 square miles (55 km2), of which 20.9 square miles (54 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), or 1.37%, is water. Some 30% to 38% of the town is wetlands. Located on the South Shore of Massachusetts, Norwell is bordered by Hanover and Rockland on the west, Pembroke on the south, Marshfield and Scituate on the east and northeast, and Hingham on the north. Norwell is about 14 miles (23 km) east of Brockton, 17 miles (27 km) north of Plymouth and 20 miles (32 km) south of Boston.
Much of Norwell’s eastern border lies along the North River, where many shipbuilding companies once stood. There are many other brooks and ponds throughout the town, including Third Herring Brook, which constitutes much of the town’s border with Hanover, Accord Pond at the junction of Norwell, Rockland and Hingham, and Jacobs Pond, along Route 123. The northern half of the town is hilly, and the southern end of Wompatuck State Park juts into the town.
Norwell, MA schools
Norwell has a school department for its approximately 2,300 students. There are two elementary schools for students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade — the Grace F. Cole Elementary School in the western part of town and the William G. Vinal Elementary School in the east. The Norwell Middle School, near the modern Town Hall on Route 123, serves grades 6-8. It has two teams (sets of teachers) for each grade: Orange (6th), Purple (6th), Green (7th), Gold (7th), Red (8th) and Blue (8th).
Norwell High School is near Assinippi and serves students from ninth through twelfth grade. All high school and middle school students are provided with iPads by the district for school use. Norwell High School is a competitive school, known for its academic excellence.
Norwell High’s teams are known as the Clippers, and their colors are blue and gold. The school’s major rival is Hanover High School, whom the football team plays in their annual Thanksgiving Day game. At the high school, Norwell is very well known nationwide for their FIRST robotics team 348, which consistently performs well and won second place overall at the Florida Regionals in March 2015 in addition to other awards in the past few seasons. Norwell is also known for its extremely successful math team and award-winning theater company, the Fourth Wall Players. Norwell girls’ lacrosse is well known on the South Shore, having won three Division II state championships.
Norwell is home to the South Shore Charter Public School, a charter school that serves students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. There are no private schools in the town. High school students have the option of attending South Shore Regional Vocational Technical High School in neighboring Hanover free of charge. The nearest college is Massasoit Community College in Brockton.
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