The Story of World’s End: The Land, The People, The Heritage -- August 10, 2017 at 7:00 with Peter Marotta, World's End Engagement Site Manager
World’s End has been shaped by the forces of nature and by the hands of man. The 251-acre reservation enjoyed today for its wide, tree-lined carriage paths, refreshing ocean breezes, and enduring open fields, is one of the most unique landscapes in Massachusetts and a cherished gem for the residents of Hingham and surrounding South Shore towns. From ancient glacial formations, to Native American and Colonial Era land use, and from a 19th century farming estate, to developmental threats, and finally to its current state as a public reservation, World’s End endures as a testament to humankind’s deep and interwoven relationship with the land. Join us for an exploration into the story of World’s End as we discuss the varied natural features of the coastal peninsula and highlight several notable people whose influence on the land continues to shape our own experiences on the reservation today.
World's End: A Hingham Tradition -- August 17, 2017 at 7:00 with Ryland Rodgers and Peter Marotta
A walk at World’s End becomes for most every visitor a very personal experience. It’s a landscape that draws you in and allows you to escape into nature. As visitors return time and again, they develop a familiarity with the land, and with that, an enduring relationship is formed. Local Hingham resident and longtime gatehouse ranger at World’s End, Ryland Rodgers, discusses his life-long relationship with one of Hingham’s most cherished landscapes. An intimate and delightfully personal account of over 50 years spent exploring the rocky shores and tree-lined carriage paths at World’s End, in this lecture, Ryland not only gives his personal account of the property, but also detailed history of how this land became one of Hingham’s favorite pastimes.
The Brewer Legacy: A Noble Estate, a Gentleman’s Farm, and a Legacy of Philanthropy -- August 24, 2017 at 7:00 with Peter Marotta and Michael Achille, Local History Librarian
Hingham, MA, a town steeped in tradition has a long list of notable residents – Among them, the Brewer Family. As wealthy Bostonians, the family first began summering in Hingham in the 1800’s, and over the course of a century they would create a lasting legacy, imprinting the cultural fabric of Hingham in more ways than one. In this lecture, we will explore the many ways the Brewer family impacted their town – from the estate on Martin’s Lane & World’s End Farm, to the gift of a cherished Hingham landmark - ‘The Old Ordinary’, and to the donation of Moore Brewer Park. Throughout our talk we will show rare footage of farming activity in the 1920’s at World’s End and describe the impact the Brewer’s left on our experience at World’s End Reservation today.