Stanley Paterson/Carl Seaburg, the author of Nahant On the Rocks, is quoted as saying, "A town is people, and the history of a town is the story of those who lived there.” And indeed, Nahant, Massachusetts has a rich history and heritage comprised of many families and diverse personalities who share a strong commitment to this exceptional island community. This resort town in the southernmost portion of Essex County is known for its gorgeous rocky coasts. In the early colonial days, the area was used for grazing goats, sheep, and cattle owned by the residents of Lynn. Nahant then became a thriving maritime community devoted to fishing.
Small boat fishing began in Nahant before 1640, and by 1657 the community was laid out in equal size lots for Lynn residents with the stipulation that within six years all lots would be cleared of wood. While this ended up stripping the community of all its first growth woodlands, Nahant still managed to grow into a resort hotspot.The first hotel was built in 1803, and within a few decades, it was a daily stop for a steamboat and stagecoaches. By the 1840’s the town was the undeniable favorite destination among Boston’s most distinguished residents, and in 1853 it incorporated. Despite being the site of the largest hotel complex on the gorgeous Atlantic Coast, at the close of the 19th century, Nahant was shifting toward residences and away from hotels. Today industrial and farming activity is non-existent in Nahant, and it protects its residential status.
This picturesque community is situated on a peninsula in Eastern Massachusetts. It jutts south of Lynn and surrounded by the breathtaking waters of the Atlantic Ocean on three sides. That means enchanting beaches, and Nahant has many. Some of the community’s beaches include Bass Beach, Curlew Beach, Forty Steps Beach, Joseph’s Beach, Longfellow Beach, Petticoat Beach, Tudor Beach, and Willow Beach, among many others. With 15.48 square miles, 1.24 being land, this beautiful community is an exceptional place to call home. Nahant is only 232 miles from New York City, 98 miles from Portland, Maine, and just 14 miles from Boston. This small coastal town has around 3,500 residents and students residing here attend Johnson Elementary, Swampscott Middle, and Swampscott High schools. Homes for sale in Nahant include some of the state’s most expensive properties. Much of Nahant real estate was constructed before World War II, and homes have been well-maintained or recently renovated. If you would like to learn more about waterfront properties in Nahant, or homes inland, please allow us to assist you and contact us today.
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