About This Place
Hingham is a town in northern Plymouth County on the South Shore of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The United States Census Bureau 2008 estimated population was 22,561. Hingham is located southeast of Boston.
For geographic and demographic information on the census-designated place Hingham, please see the article Hingham (CDP), Massachusetts.
The town of Hingham was dubbed "Bare Cove" by the first colonizing English in 1633, but two years later was incorporated as a town under the name "Hingham". Suffolk County claimed Hingham from its founding in 1643 until 1793; Norfolk County from 1793 to 1803; and Plymouth County from 1803. The eastern part of the town split off to become Cohasset, Massachusetts in 1770. The town was named for Hingham, a village in the English county of Norfolk, East Anglia, whence most of the first colonists came, including Abraham Lincoln's ancestor Samuel Lincoln (1622–90), his first American ancestor, who came to Massachusetts in 1637. A statue of President Lincoln adorns the area adjacent to downtown Hingham Square.