The town of Hull is one of the few places on the eastern seaboard where the sun both rises and sets over the Atlantic Ocean located on a beautifully hilly peninsula that curves gracefully into the crystal blue waters of Massachusetts Bay. Hull has a colorful backgro und rivaling that of any summer resort in the United States.
It’s long history began to take shape centuries before the Pilgrim’s set sail for the New World. As early as the 1400s Europeans fishing in the abundant waters of George’s Bank discovered Hull to be an ideally situated stopping off place where th ey built long rows of platforms on which they dried their catch before returning to their native lands in the autumn. According to local tradition, which is supported somewhat by studies of old navigational charts, the Viking s were also among the earlie st visitor’s to Hull’s shores.
Originally called Nantascot by the Wampanoag Indians, Hull was, for more than two centuries, a quiet, almost isolated village peopled by hardy, independent men and women who lived off the bounty of the sea, their farms and orchards.
With the advent of the steamboat, Hull became accessible from Boston and soon began attracting growing numbers of visitors who came to savour the salt air, swim in the cool waters that lapped its sandy shoreline and to enjoy the magnificent views of Boston Harbor and the islands.
In the years immediately after the Civil War, Hull residents began selling off their hills and beachfront properties to developers who built the grand hotels that ushered in the town’s "Golden Era." The hotels - the 360-room Rockland House, the Atl antic and Villa Napoli reflected the epitome of Victorian elegance and comfort in their splendid ballrooms, well-appointed gambling casinos, banquet tables and lavish stage productions that attracted great names of the day - George M. Cohan, John McCormac k and stars from the famous Ziegfeld follies.
During its heyday from about 1870 up to the beginning of World War I, Hull played host to visitors of "enormous wealth" and earned distinction of being the "richest summer on the entire Atlantic seaboard."
In 1905 the opening of Paragon Park added a touch of European character and opulence to the town with its imported gondolas and gondoliers, elegant Palm Garden, ornate bandstand and exciting exhibits.
In the late 70s, planners took a look at the future of this small coastal community of 11,000 and saw great potential for revitalization, growth and development. Today Hull is a thriving suburban located just 45 minutes from Boston by land and by sea, It’s three public schools house over 1700 children and offer high quality education and diverse programs to accommodate all needs. Commuters have easy access to Boston via daily commuter boat service (the city is only four miles away by sea), fre quent bus services with connections to rapid transit lines and close proximity to 3A, the major artery into the city. Shopping facilities, restaurants and entertainment are located in several sections of the town and are also available in neighboring Hin gham and Cohasset. The main branch of the library has 25,000 volume collection as well as records, magazines and microfilm. It offers excellent research material and features special programs for children throughout the year.
Hull’s seven hills provide panoramic views of Boston Harbor , the city skyline, three lighthouses, and on a clear day sight of Cape Ann to the North and the hills of Central Massachusetts the west. New condominiums, conversions, elegant old Victo rian houses,. And single family in all styles are available.