The Plymouth County town of Norwell is a wealthy community with about 10,000 residents that is situated alongside the North River. It is located about an hour outside of Boston.
In 1634 Norwell was settled as part of what later became known as Scituate. Initially called South Scituate, the area achieved its own identity after residents there voted in favor of changing its name to Norwell in 1888. The town is named after merchant Henry Norwell, who covered the maintenance cost for the town roads. In the beginning, settlers were largely farmers but later the shipbuilding industry boosted the economy due to the town's location on the water. This industry was the foundation of the area's economy through the 1700s and 1800s, and builders here were renowned for their fine craftsmanship.
Notable individuals who have resided in Norwell include Jan Brett, children's author and illustrator, sportswriter Dan Wetzel, folksinger and songwriter Les Sampou, actress Jennifer Coolidge, blues singing sensation Susan Tedeschi of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Olympic Bobsledder Eric Maleson and Jeff Corwin, naturalist and host of "Animal Planet."
Norwell now provides its residents with police and fire protection, state-of-the-art schools, health centers, a wealth of shopping opportunities and an active recreational department. Some residents in Norwell have the option of seeking local employment at a trio of industrial parks. There are three libraries in Norwell, including the Norwell Public Library, The James Library and Center for the Arts, and the nature library at the South Shore Natural Science Center. An attraction in its own right, the science center is run by a nonprofit group that strives to educate locals and visitors about the natural habitats on the North Shore. The center sits on 30 acres and is enveloped by 200 acres of conserved property.
Route three passes through Norwell, once on the west side and once again to the southerly end of town. Route 123 runs straight through Norwell, as do Routes 228 and 53. Lacking local rail or air transportation, residents here often head to neighboring Scituate to catch a ride on the Greenbush line of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail.
A five bed-room house on Arrowhead Drive is much like the types of properties one might find in Norwell. This lovely find, set on a private five-acre parcel bordering the North River, includes an indoor swimming pool, three fireplaces throughout the home, and a three-car garage.