Cohasset, MA 02025
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Sources claim that Cohasset was first spotted by Europeans in 1614 when Captain John Smith – of Pocahontas fame – explored the New England coast. The seaside town was settled in 1670 and was known as Hingham’s Second Parish. In 1770, the community separated from Hingham to become the town of Cohasset, deriving its name from the Algonquin word “Conahasset”, which means “long rocky place”.
The town has a median household income of $117,679, with a population of approximately 7,542. Property taxes are $13.08 per $1,000. Cohasset has an open town meeting form of government, as well as a town manager and a board of five selectmen.
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Located about 25 miles southeast of Boston, Cohassett has a total area of 31.5 square miles, of which 9.9 square miles are land. The Greenbush line of the MBTA commuter rail has a Cohasset stop and route 3A runs through the town. Bus services are available in the neighboring town of Hingham.
Cohasset Community Services
Cohasset has its own police and fire departments and operates its own emergency services; patients are brought to South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. The town has a recycling transfer center, which is accessible via sticker and private trash collection services are available.
Important Phone Numbers
- Police Department: 781-383-1055
- Fire Department: 781-383-0616
- Town Clerk: 781-383-4100, ext. 5105
- Cohasset Elder Affairs: 781-383-9112
Cohasset has approximately 1,500 students in its school system. The town runs Osgood Elementary School, which serves students in pre-kindergarten through second grade and the Deer Hill Elementary school, which serves students in grades three through five. Cohasset Middle School and Cohasset High School are combined in one building, serving students in grades six through 12.
Community and Recreation
Cohasset offers residents and visitors a number of recreational resources, as well as restaurants and abundant natural beauty. There are three beaches along Cohasset’s coast: Sandy Beach, Black Rock Beach, and Bassings Beach. All beaches require a permit sticker for parking and Bassings Beach is only accessible by boat. In addition to its beautiful harbor area, the town has a number of trails and parks that are open to the public, such as Wompatuck State Park. Cohasset also boasts one of New England’s oldest private golf clubs – Cohasset Golf Club. The South Shore Art Center is a non-profit organization in the town that features galleries and teaching studios geared toward the visual arts.