Hamilton, Massachusetts

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Hamilton is a town located in the eastern central portion of Essex County in eastern Massachusetts. It is primarily a suburban bedroom community, most commonly known for its equestrian estates. Currently the town has no manufacturing industry and no industrially-zoned land.

Its location on the North Shore of Boston provides easy access to the Atlantic seashore with its reservations, beaches and boating. The town includes many historic houses and pastoral landscapes. It also has a rich equestrian heritage, which remains strong today due to the influence of the many horse farms and of Myopia Hunt Club, which holds frequent equestrian events, including Polo most Sunday afternoons (and is noted also for its golf course.) The visitor to Hamilton may well share the secondary roads with horseback riders.

Hamilton retains many educational facilities, public and private, at all levels. Situated on a hill in the town is the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a college. Hamilton shares the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School with the town of Wenham. In addition to the public grade schools, supported by taxes, the private Pingree School, supported by tuition, fees, and donations, is available.

Hamilton is closely tied to its sister town, Wenham, sharing a school system, library, recreation department and commuter rail station. In 2010, the community of Hamilton-Wenham was listed among the "Best Places to Live" by Boston Magazine.

Hamilton includes South Hamilton, which is that part of Hamilton that the Postal Service has assigned the zip code 01982. Other than zip code, "Hamilton" and "South Hamilton" are indistinguishable from each other.



In June, 1638, John Winthrop, Jr., son of the founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, bought most of present-day Essex County from Masconomet, chief of the Agawam Indians, for the sum of twenty English pounds. A memorial stone on Sagamore Hill in southeastern Hamilton marks where Mosconomet was buried with his gun and tomahwak around 1658.

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