Nantasket Beach

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Nantasket Beach Reservation
Metropolitan Park System of Greater Boston
General View, Nantasket Beach, MA.jpg
Nantasket Beach circa 1910
CountryUnited States
StateMassachusetts
CountyPlymouth
TownHull
Elevation0 ft (0 m)
Coordinates42°16′13″N 70°51′17″W / 42.27028°N 70.85472°W / 42.27028; -70.85472
Area26 acres (11 ha) [1]
Location of Nantasket Beach Reservation
Website: Nantasket Beach Reservation
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Nantasket Beach
 
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Coordinates: 42°16′13″N 70°51′17″W / 42.27028°N 70.85472°W / 42.27028; -70.85472
Nantasket Beach Reservation
Metropolitan Park System of Greater Boston
General View, Nantasket Beach, MA.jpg
Nantasket Beach circa 1910
CountryUnited States
StateMassachusetts
CountyPlymouth
TownHull
Elevation0 ft (0 m)
Coordinates42°16′13″N 70°51′17″W / 42.27028°N 70.85472°W / 42.27028; -70.85472
Area26 acres (11 ha) [1]
Location of Nantasket Beach Reservation
Website: Nantasket Beach Reservation
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Nantasket Beach

Nantasket Beach is a beach in the town of Hull, Massachusetts. It is part the Nantasket Beach Reservation, administered by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.[1] The shore has fine, light gray sand and is one of the busiest beaches in Greater Boston. At low tide, there are acres of tide pools.

Name[edit]

The name "Nantasket" is derived from Wampanoag and means "at the strait" "low-tide place" or "where tides meet" as Hull is a peninsula. Nantasket was settled not long after Plymouth Colony and before Mass Bay. Roger Conant (Salem) was in the area, after leaving the Plymouth Colony and before going to Cape Ann in 1625. Until Hull was incorporated in 1644, English settlers referred to the whole local region as "Nantasket Peninsula."

History[edit]

In 1825 Paul Warrick established "The Sportsman Hotel" on Nantasket Avenue. Later, more hotels were built and steamboats made three trips a day between Nantasket Beach and Boston in the 1840s. Later, an amusement area called Paragon Park was built adjacent to the beach. This was closed in 1984.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nantasket Beach Reservation". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 

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