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Scituate was founded by settlers from the Plymouth Colony some time before 1634 when the Scituate church was organized. Major roads that pass through the town include Massachusetts Routes 3A and 123.
The settlers at Plymouth investigated the area around Plymouth for further settlement. Timothy Hatherly arrived at Plymouth in 1623 on the ship Ann. Hatherly was one of the adventurers who had financed the Plymouth colony. He returned to England in 1625, however he sent his nephew, Edward Foster, to keep him informed of affairs in Plymouth.
The original settlers of Scituate probably came from Kent, England before 1628. Early settlers seem to have been assigned land about 1626, though early records are scant.
In 1632, Hatherly returned to Plymouth and in 1633 the Colony Court ordered that a tract of land be set aside at Satuit that extended from the high water mark of Satuit brook three miles into the woods. The tract was granted to James Shirley, John Beauchamp, Richard Andrews, and Timothy Hatherly in 1637. Before 1646, Hatherly had bought out the others and had formed a stock company who called themselves the "Conihasset Partners".
In 1654 and 1656, other grants were added to the original one, the resulting territory extended to Hanover and Rockland. These grants were known as the Conihasset Grants.
The first village was laid out in 1633 along Kent Street. The houses were built of logs, the roofs being thatched. A meeting house was also built in 1633 on what is known as Meeting-house Lane, leading off Kent Street. By the time Rev. John Lothrop arrived in Septmber of 1633, 9 houses had been built; by 1637 there were a total of 51.
Scituate was a part of the Plymouth Colony and was first mentioned
there in William Bradford's writings about 1634; the northern border was part
of the dividing line between the Plymouth Colony and the Massachusetts
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Scituate Massachusetts is a seaside community located 25 miles southeast of Boston.
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Scituate Town Clerk
600 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy
Scituate, MA 02066-3226
Scituate Chamber Chamber Of Commerce
22 Border St
Scituate, MA 02066-1202