The South River in Scituate and Marshfield

One hundred and thirteen years ago there was a single entrance to the Atlantic for two separate rivers, the North River which ran from Hanover to Scituate and the South River that ran through Marshfield. One storm, in one night, moved that entrance roughly a mile further north, isolating the southern part of Scituate known as Humarock . (briefly there were two openings to the sea, but the original southern one silted up and became part of the sand dunes.) On the same night the same storm drove a storm surge up the river, raising the high tide mark by many feet and drowning hundreds of Market Hunters, who provided fresh wild ducks and geese to the markets in Boston.

Wow, thats a lot of history! Can you tell I didn’t get into the water today? But I do have photos.

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I grew up in this area (No thats a lie, I never grew up.) I am familiar with this area having done a lot of swimming and boating around here in my youth. Even a few years ago the parking and access problem wasn’t as bad. Today, every spot I tried was posted.  One spot, a lovely dead end road with a tarred turn-around close to the river with a easy launch from the bank of a particularly nice scenic spot on the South River is adorned with a NO PARKING ANY TIME sign.

Nice spot.

Travel to Hawaii some day, while you’re there notice the public access areas in between every hotel. Each public beach access facility has parking, showers and a nice strip of beach that no one can chase you off of. Hawaiians don’t believe in private ownership of the beaches. The Yankees got there to late and were never able to change their minds.

God-Damn Yankees!!

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About On the North River

Forty years toiled in the Tel-com industry, married for 36 years widowed at sixty-one. Tea Party supporter. Do like to kayak, cook, take photos, bike, watch old movies and read. 66 years old and have a new girlfriend!
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2 Responses to The South River in Scituate and Marshfield

  1. Bill says:

    Grew up there. My sister’s house is right where the old mouth used to be. My brother kept his lobster boat in the South River. I like to look at the pictures you post. But…. I don’t miss it. Too many rules, parking passes for the beach, unnecessary regulations etc.. An example, I came back to visit my mother, and while there I took her trash to the dump. It was a major bureaucratic ordeal. Went to college, the military and never looked back. Found a better climate with a lot less rules and laid back people. Although, it was fun to come back around election time last fall and see the horror on my sisters faces when I told them I voted for Trump. Worth the trip.

    • Yes, this is not the place I grew up in. It seems to get worse every year.

      But this is a common comment thread in a lot of states such as that old bastion of Republicanism, “California”. At what point is it the better part of valor to pull up stakes and beat feet, leaving the ‘old home grounds’ to the unchallenged mercy of the enemy? Year by year the number of well governed states grows smaller, it’s going to get very crowded in Texas in fifty years! And how many of the ‘defectors’ carry with them the disease of progressive expectations? (Hey! Where’s my free stuff; the subsidized child care, the Senior Centers, the libraries and the campus style High Schools?)

      The end may be coming for me, the State (in it’s constant search for more taxes and fees) is quietly putting the infrastructure in place to turn every state road into a toll road. No toll booths need be constructed, just cameras on the side of the road past the ramp, basicly plate readers (and a few years ago the State mandated a new ‘high-contrast’ state license plate, then made part of the annual inspection sticker a mandate that each vehicles plate be in pristine condition and ‘readable’). Every trip down the road will be a revenue earner for the State. And how many of our fellow citizens will have the balls to shotgun those ‘Highway Bandits’? The enabling bill is in the State House now. To little fanfare or debate.

      May be time to go.

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