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Webb Memorial Park Facts

Walking trails lead through flowering trees and shaded picnic areas to excellent fishing locations. PROPOSED ADDITION TO PARK
Managing Agency
Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR)
Agency Designation
Webb Memorial State Park
Current Use
Park purposes.
Harbor Location
Hingham Bay

Longitude
Latitude

42° 15' 51.8" North  (Approximate center of island.)
70° 55' 30.5" West
From Long Wharf
10.33 miles
On-island Circulation
Walking trails.
VISITOR SERVICES & FACILITIES
Hours
9:00 am - sunset.
Piers/Docks
No
Visitor Season
0
Boat slips
0
Visitor Staff
No
Moorings
0
Guided Tours
No
Park Boats
None
Lifeguards
No
Car Access
Yes
Toilets
flush - No
composting - No
Campsites
0 (capacity ea.: 0)
Picnic Areas
Cooking Grills
Yes
Yes
Group Campsites
0 (capacity ea: 0)
Refreshments
No
Camping Capacity
0
Drinking Water
Yes
Trails
Yes
GENERAL INFORMATION
Total Acreage
36.00  upland acres
Short History
Pre-historic evidence indicates that Webb was a seasonal campsite for Native Americans. After European contact, the site was likely used for farming and grazing. In the 1860s the site became part of the Bradley Fertilizer factory, and was used for dumping industrial waste. In the 1950s the property was owned by the U.S. Government to house NIKE missiles in underground silos, and was one of approximately ten sites in the Boston area controlled from Hog Island (now Spinnaker). Military use ended in 1977 and the site was transferred to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since this time, the site has been reconfigured to serve as parkland.
Vegetation
The peninsula contains a mix of successional vegetation, mowed meadow and turf areas, and ornamental tree and shrub plantings.
Wildlife
Overview survey in progress.
Geology
Webb is a peninsula that extends into Hingham Bay and is composed of three connected drumlins and a low marsh area. At low tide a narrow dredged channel separates the mudflats at the tip of Webb from those of Grape Island.
Water Features
Fresh water is piped into the buildings at the southern end of the property. There is a marsh area.
Views and Vistas
Views to Grape and Slate Islands.
Buildings
DEM building (maintenance garage and public restrooms); Edward T. Henley Memorial Assembly Building (DEM owned, leased to South Shore Association for Retarded Citizens); South Shore Association for Retarded Citizens building; picnic shelter.
Fortifications
None
Other Structures
John H. Cole Memorial Outlook; Alarm of Grape Island Monument; parking lot; fences; picnic tables.
Comments
The property is accessible by Weymouth Neck and contains parking.
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