According to an October 20 posting on boston.com (which is exclusive online home of The Boston Globe, and part of New York Times Digital, the Internet division of The New York Times Company), Hingham officials will formally open the town’s new public works facility Saturday, October 24, during an open house, when new offices, garage and storage facilities will be on display.
This open house begins at 11AM at the new public works office at 25 Bare Cove Park Drive and includes a formal dedication ceremony.
Selectmen Chairman Laura Burns said the new facility on Bare Cove Park Drive was constructed as part of the more than $60 million project to reconstruct East Elementary School, and renovate several of the town’s other schools.
Those plans also included building new soccer and lacrosse fields, as well as consolidating the public works department on Bare Cove Park Drive where an old ammunition depot once operated.
“There were a couple of buildings and offices in different parts of town,” Chairman Burns said.
Employees and town vehicles moved into the new buildings several months ago, but an official open house has not been held.
Interestingly, the town of Hingham was dubbed “Bare Cove” by the first colonizing English in 1633, but 2 years later was incorporated as a town under the name “Hingham,” which was named for Hingham, a village in the English county of Norfolk, East Anglia, from where most of the first colonists came, including Abraham Lincoln’s ancestor Samuel Lincoln (1622–90), his first American ancestor, who came to Massachusetts in 1637. A statue of President Lincoln now adorns the area adjacent to downtown Hingham Square.
Hingham is located in Plymouth County on the South Shore of Massachusetts, and is just 8 miles southeast of the Boston city limits.