Place:Norwell, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States

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NameNorwell
Alt namesSouth Scituatesource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25006778
TypeTown
Coordinates42.15°N 70.783°W
Located inPlymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Contained Places
Cemetery
Church Hill Cemetery ( 1888 - )
Norwell Center Cemetery
Inhabited place
South Scituate ( 1888 - present )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Norwell is an affluent town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 10,506 as of the 2010 Census. It is currently ranked as the 38th wealthiest town in Massachusetts.

History

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Norwell was first settled in 1634 as a part of the settlement of Satuit (later Scituate), which encompassed present-day Scituate and Norwell. It was officially created in 1849 and soon became known as South Scituate. The town changed its name by ballot to Norwell in 1888, after Henry Norwell, a dry goods merchant who provided funds for the maintenance of the town roads. Early settlers were attracted to Norwell for agricultural reasons, with the town later developing a major shipbuilding industry, based on the North and Northwest rivers. Shipbuilding was a major industry in the 18th through the early 19th centuries. Some of the finest frigates, schooners, whalers, and merchant vessels were produced in Norwell. The Norwell Village Area Historic District is in the center of the town.

Today, Norwell is an affluent residential community with over 10,000 residents that has modern schools, shopping, churches, libraries, health facilities, a wildlife preserve, and other support facilities as well as three industrial parks.

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