Marshfield, Massachusetts

Marshfield is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States, on Massachusetts's South Shore. The population was 25,132 at the 2010 census.[2]

See also: Green Harbor, Marshfield (CDP), Marshfield Hills, and Ocean Bluff-Brant Rock.

Marshfield, Massachusetts
Marshfield Town Hall
Marshfield Town Hall
Official seal of Marshfield, Massachusetts

Seal
Motto(s): 
"Home Of Daniel Webster"[1]
Location in Plymouth County in Massachusetts
Location in Plymouth County in Massachusetts
Marshfield is located in Massachusetts
Marshfield
Marshfield
Location in Plymouth County in Massachusetts
Marshfield is located in the United States
Marshfield
Marshfield
Marshfield (the United States)
Coordinates: 42°05′30″N 70°42′22″W / 42.09167°N 70.70611°WCoordinates: 42°05′30″N 70°42′22″W / 42.09167°N 70.70611°W
CountryUnited States
StateMassachusetts
CountyPlymouth
Settled1632
IncorporatedMarch 1, 1640
Government
 • TypeOpen town meeting
Area
 • Total31.7 sq mi (82.2 km2)
 • Land28.5 sq mi (73.7 km2)
 • Water3.3 sq mi (8.5 km2)
Elevation
17 ft (5 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total25,132
 • Density881.8/sq mi (341.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (Eastern)
ZIP Code
02050
Area code(s)339/781
FIPS code25-38855
GNIS feature ID0619470
Websitewww.townofmarshfield.org

Geography

Marshfield Ocean Bluff
Brant Rock looking south

Marshfield is located on the South Shore, about where Cape Cod Bay meets Massachusetts Bay.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.74 square miles (82.2 km²), of which 28.46 square miles (73.7 km²) is land and 3.28 square miles (8.5 km²) (10.33%) is water. Marshfield is bordered by Massachusetts Bay to the east, Duxbury to the south and southeast, Pembroke to the west, Norwell to the northwest, and Scituate to the north and northeast. Marshfield is 18 miles (29 km) east of Brockton and 29 miles (47 km) southeast of Boston.

Marshfield is named for the many salt marshes which border the salt and brackish borders of the town. There are three rivers: the North (along the northern border of the town), South (which branches at the mouth of the North River and heads south through the town) and the Green Harbor River (which flows just west of Brant Rock and Green Harbor Point at the south of town).

The South River divides a peninsula from the rest of the town, where Rexhame village and the Humarock and Fourth Cliff neighborhoods of the town of Scituate lie. The Scituate neighborhoods can be reached by land by two bridges, by boat, or by foot along Rexhame Beach. The Rexhame-Humarock peninsula is a barrier beach with an 84-foot-high (26 m) moraine, one of only two barrier beach moraines on the east coast of the United States.

Marshfield is the site of several small forests and conservation areas, including the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary along the Green Harbor River and the North River Wildlife Sanctuary along Route 3A.

The town of Marshfield has six separate zip codes: Marshfield (02050), Brant Rock (02020), Ocean Bluff (02065), North Marshfield (02059), Marshfield Hills (02051), and Green Harbor (02041). There are eight villages in the town: Marshfield Center, Fieldston, Ocean Bluff, Rexhame, Brant Rock, Green Harbor, Marshfield Hills, and North Marshfield.

The following beaches comprise Marshfield's 5-mile-long (8 km) public seashore: Rexhame, Fieldston, Sunrise, Ocean Bluff, Brant Rock, Blackman's Point, Blue Fish Cove (along Cove street between the camp ground and the big rock), Green Harbor also known to the locals as, "Burke's Beach". Marshfield is a popular summer beach destination. Tourists and vacationers cause the town's population to nearly double from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. Only full-time residents can vote on public tax matters.

Demographics

Historical population
YearPop.±%
18501,837—    
18601,870+1.8%
18701,659−11.3%
18801,781+7.4%
18901,713−3.8%
19001,810+5.7%
19101,738−4.0%
19201,379−20.7%
19301,625+17.8%
19402,419+48.9%
19503,267+35.1%
19606,748+106.6%
197015,223+125.6%
198020,916+37.4%
199021,531+2.9%
200024,324+13.0%
201025,132+3.3%
* = population estimate.
Source: United States Census records and Population Estimates Program data.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

As of the census of 2000, there were 24,324 people, 8,905 households, and 6,598 families residing in the town.[13] The population density was 854.8 people per square mile (330.1/km²). There were 9,954 housing units at an average density of 349.8 per square mile (135.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.69% White, 3.54% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.67% of the population.

There were 8,905 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.9% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $142,610. and the median income for a family was $172,330. The median home value was $890,000. Males had a median income of $111,992 versus $83,773 for females. The per capita income for the town was $92,012. About 0.6% of families and 0.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.

Government

On the national level, Marshfield is a part of Massachusetts's 9th congressional district, and is currently represented by William Keating (D). The state's senior (Class I) senator, elected in 2012, is Elizabeth Warren. The junior (Class II) senator, elected in 2013, is Ed Markey.

On the state level, Marshfield is represented in the Massachusetts House of Representatives as a part of the Fourth Plymouth district, which also includes much of the town of Scituate. The representative for Marshfield and Scituate in the Massachusetts House of Representatives is Jim Cantwell (D). The town is represented by Patrick O'Connor (R) in the Massachusetts Senate as a part of the Plymouth and Norfolk district, which includes the towns of Cohasset, Duxbury, Hingham, Hull, Norwell, Scituate and Weymouth.[14] The town is patrolled by the First (Norwell) Barracks of Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police.[15]

Marshfield is governed on the local level by the open town meeting form of government, and is led by a town administrator and a board of selectmen. The current board of selectmen includes a direct descendant of Pilgrim Richard Warren. The modern town hall is located at the intersection of Routes 3A and 139, just south of the South River. The town has its own police and fire stations, with firehouses located in Marshfield Hills, Ocean Bluff and near the fairgrounds. The town's Ventress Memorial Library is located a short distance east of the town hall, and is a member of the Old Colony Library Network (OCLN). There is also an independent library, the Clift Rodgers Free Library, in Marshfield Hills. The town has three post offices, in the same neighborhoods as the fire stations.

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 15, 2008[16]
Party Number of Voters Percentage
Democratic 4,848 27.31%
Republican 2,509 14.13%
Unaffiliated 10,338 58.24%
Minor Parties 57 0.32%
Total 17,752 100%

Education

Marshfield operates its own school system for the town's nearly 4,700 students. There are five elementary schools:[17]

  • Governor Edward Winslow Elementary School[18]
  • Daniel Webster Elementary School
  • Eames Way Elementary School
  • Martinson Elementary School
  • South River Elementary School

The Elementary Schools serve students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. (Eames Way and South River, however, do not have pre-kindergarten classes).

The Furnace Brook Middle School serves students from sixth through eighth grade. FBMS is a top school, winner of the Jimmy Fund Cancer Research Foundation Contest in 2006, 2007,2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2018. The school consists of 3 clusters in each grade level (Red, Yellow, and Crimson in 6th; Green, Purple, and Blue in 7th; and Gold, Pink, and Orange in 8th).

Marshfield High School serves grades nine through twelve. Marshfield High School's athletic teams are known as the Rams, and their colors are green, white, and black. Their chief rival is Duxbury High School and they play against them in the Thanksgiving football game. There are no private or vocational schools in the town; the nearest private schools are in neighboring Scituate and Duxbury (as well as a charter school in Norwell). The nearest college is Bridgewater State University in the town of Bridgewater.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Massachusetts Route 3, also known as the Pilgrims Highway, skirts the town along the Pembroke town line, and can be accessed in Marshfield via the Route 139 exit. Route 139 loops through the town, with a long portion passing along the beaches of the Ocean Bluff and Fieldston neighborhoods before heading north and east into Pembroke. Route 3A also passes through the town, entering from the south in Duxbury and exiting over the North River into Scituate.

There is daily bus service connecting with the MBTA station in Braintree and another bus connecting with South Station in Boston. The nearest train station is the Greenbush station in Scituate. There is a commuter ferry to Boston available in Hingham. The nearest major airport is Logan International Airport in Boston. The area is also served by T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island and the town's own municipal airport for general aviation. The nearest freight rail service is in Wareham.

Notable people

See also

References

  1. ^ "City of Marshfield Massachusetts". City of Marshfield Massachusetts. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Marshfield town, Plymouth County, Massachusetts". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "Total Population (P1), 2010 Census Summary File 1". American FactFinder, All County Subdivisions within Massachusetts. United States Census Bureau. 2010.
  4. ^ "Massachusetts by Place and County Subdivision - GCT-T1. Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  5. ^ "1990 Census of Population, General Population Characteristics: Massachusetts" (PDF). US Census Bureau. December 1990. Table 76: General Characteristics of Persons, Households, and Families: 1990. 1990 CP-1-23. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  6. ^ "1980 Census of the Population, Number of Inhabitants: Massachusetts" (PDF). US Census Bureau. December 1981. Table 4. Populations of County Subdivisions: 1960 to 1980. PC80-1-A23. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
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  8. ^ "1920 Census of Population" (PDF). Bureau of the Census. Number of Inhabitants, by Counties and Minor Civil Divisions. Pages 21-5 through 21-7. Massachusetts Table 2. Population of Counties by Minor Civil Divisions: 1920, 1910, and 1920. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  9. ^ "1890 Census of the Population" (PDF). Department of the Interior, Census Office. Pages 179 through 182. Massachusetts Table 5. Population of States and Territories by Minor Civil Divisions: 1880 and 1890. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  10. ^ "1870 Census of the Population" (PDF). Department of the Interior, Census Office. 1872. Pages 217 through 220. Table IX. Population of Minor Civil Divisions, &c. Massachusetts. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  11. ^ "1860 Census" (PDF). Department of the Interior, Census Office. 1864. Pages 220 through 226. State of Massachusetts Table No. 3. Populations of Cities, Towns, &c. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  12. ^ "1850 Census" (PDF). Department of the Interior, Census Office. 1854. Pages 338 through 393. Populations of Cities, Towns, &c. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  13. ^ "Marshfield town, Plymouth County, Massachusetts – Fact Sheet – American FactFinder". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
  14. ^ "Massachusetts Legislators :: By City and Town". Retrieved December 6, 2009.
  15. ^ "Station D-1, SP Norwell". Retrieved December 6, 2009.
  16. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 15, 2008" (PDF). Massachusetts Elections Division. Retrieved May 8, 2010.
  17. ^ "Town of Marshfield, MA – Marshfield Schools". Archived from the original on January 19, 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
  18. ^ "Governor Edward Winslow Elementary School". Archived from the original on June 23, 2010. Retrieved January 1, 2011.

External links

Bartletts Island

Bartlett's Island: is a residential island within the marshlands of Marshfield, Massachusetts. The island is located in the North and South River Estuary, surrounded by the salt marshes of the historic North River and is bordered by Macomber's Creek to the south and the North River to the north, just downhill from "The Hills" The rivers' watershed is a great tidal marsh with fantastic fish and wildlife habitats (on its isolated Islands - Truants and Pine Island, which are in the adjacent "English Salt Marsh" bordering the South River). The North River is a river, approximately 12 miles long formed by the confluence of the Indian Head River and Herring Brook flowing from Pembroke, MA to Scituate.

The island itself is sand based and is relatively heavily wooded. Two roads (Nathaniel Way and Bartlett Island Way) service 17 residential homes. While it is an island that is totally surrounded by water at high tide, is connected to the mainland via a causeway and is therefore always accessible (and often not perceived as an island in its truest sense). Roughly half of the homes have dock access via Macomber's Creek to the rivers and the Atlantic.

The Spit:

Bartlett's Island is located directly west of the "New Inlet" - the mouth of the North and South Rivers. At low tide, "The Spit" a vast expanse of sand is exposed, making it a favorite boating / beach spot on Boston's South Shore. The upper part of the Spit peninsula is a nesting ground for piping plovers and generally protected during the summer months. It is critical to avoid stepping on the dunes and the seagrass in order to protect the vegetation that forms and holds this beautiful resource. The New Inlet is considered one of the more treacherous inlets along the eastern seaboard, but continues to be one of the most popular boating and beach locations on the south shore.

Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary

The Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary is a sanctuary owned by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the largest conservation organization in New England, in the town of Marshfield, Massachusetts. The sanctuary, formerly the farm of Edward Dwyer, statesman Daniel Webster and the William Thomas family of Marshfield, the first English landowner to live on the sanctuary land, was purchased by Mass Audubon in 1984 thanks to the volunteer efforts of the Committee for the Preservation of Dwyer Farm for the People of Marshfield. The sanctuary contains 507 acres (2.1 km2) of mixed cultural grasslands, red maple swamps, a five-tiered wet panne, Webster Pond and a section of the Green Harbor River. It is the site of the annual Daniel Webster Farm Day celebration. Surrounding lands owned by the town of Marshfield and the Marshfield Airport increase the local open space area to more than 1000 acres (4 km2).

David Warsofsky

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Duxbury Bay (Massachusetts)

Duxbury Bay is a bay on the coast of Massachusetts in the United States. The west shore of the bay is the town of Duxbury, Massachusetts; and the bay is formed by a sandbar called The Gurnet extending southeasterly from Marshfield, Massachusetts into Cape Cod Bay. The town of Marshfield was named for the estuarine wetland at the north end of the bay. The bay opens southerly toward Plymouth, Massachusetts between Captains Hill to the west and Saquish Head to the east.

Erin Morgenstern

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George Little (naval officer)

George Little (10 April 1754 in Marshfield, Massachusetts – 22 July 1809 in Weymouth, Massachusetts) was a United States Navy officer. He served in the Massachusetts State Navy during the Revolutionary War and in the United States Navy during the Quasi-War with France.

Isaac Winslow House

The Isaac Winslow House, also known as the Winslow House Museum, is a mansion located in Marshfield, Massachusetts built around 1700. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Isaiah Rogers

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John Thomas (American general)

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Thomas was born in Marshfield, Massachusetts. As a young man he studied medicine with Doctor Tufts in Medford before beginning his own practice in Kingston. He was married to Hannah Thomas with whom he had two sons and a daughter.

Marshfield High School (Massachusetts)

Marshfield High School (MHS) is located in Marshfield, Massachusetts. It currently serves grades 9–12, and has a student population, as of 2013, of over 1300 students. The principal of the school is Robert E. Keuther. It is the only public high school in Marshfield, and there are no private high schools located in Marshfield.

Marshfield Hills, Massachusetts

Marshfield Hills is a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of Marshfield in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 2,356 at the 2010 census. The historic center of the village has been designated a historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Marshfield Municipal Airport (Massachusetts)

Marshfield Municipal Airport (ICAO: KGHG, FAA LID: GHG), also known as George Harlow Field, is a public airport located 2 mi (3 km) east of the central business district (CBD) of Marshfield, a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA. The airport is owned by the Town of Marshfield and run by Shoreline Aviation, the airport's fixed-base operator (FBO). It has one runway (06-24), averages 50 movements per day, and has approximately 48 aircraft based on its field. There are four non-precision approaches to the field: two GPS and two NDB.

Massachusetts Route 139

Route 139 is nominally a west–east state highway in southeastern Massachusetts.

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Nathaniel Thomas (Massachusetts judge)

Nathaniel Thomas (1643 - 22 October 1718) was an English colonial magistrate, politician, and militia officer. Born in Marshfield, then in the Plymouth Colony, he represented the town in the colonial assembly during the 1670s, and was active in its militia during King Philip's War. In 1689, he served as clerk of the local court, and, following the combining of Plymouth and the Massachusetts Bay Colony into the Province of Massachusetts Bay, from 1702 to 1707 he was a Plymouth County probate judge. From 1692 to 1712 he also served as a magistrate in the court of common pleas. In 1712, he was appointed to the Massachusetts Superior Court of Judicature (the province's highest court), a position he held until his death in 1718.

He was twice married, with nine children by his first wife.

North River (Massachusetts Bay)

The North River is a river, approximately 12 miles (19 km) long, in eastern Massachusetts, the United States. It is primarily a tidal river, formed by the confluence of the Indian Head River and Herring Brook. The North River forms the boundary between the towns of Norwell and Pembroke, Massachusetts, and downstream, the boundary between Scituate and Marshfield. The river flows into Massachusetts Bay at New Inlet, where it also converges with the mouth of the South River.

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Sean Morris

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WATD-FM

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