The Massachusetts town of Duxbury, with its sandy beaches and “impossibly fresh seafood,” get the full treatment and was declared a New England “it” town for the summer. Despite its beginnings as a shipbuilding town, this seaside spot (population 15,300) a half hour south of Boston is sometimes referred to as “Deluxe-bury.”
Originally founded in 1637, Duxbury was named by Myles Standish after Duxbury Woods in his home town of Chorley, Lancashire, Great Britain. First settled by the Pilgrims Myles Standish, and John Alden in 1624, Duxbury was incorporated in 1637. Duxbury is primarily a residential community on the Atlantic coast in Plymouth County Massachusetts.
The area now known as Duxbury was inhabited by Native Americans as early as 12,000 to 9,000 B.C. By the time European settlers arrived here, the region was inhabited by the Wampanoags who called this place Mattakeesett, meaning “place of many fish.” With so much history, a family vacation here will always be remembered.
Duxbury is ordered by Cape Cod Bay to the east, Duxbury Bay, Kingston Bay and Plymouth to the southeast, Kingston to the southwest, Pembroke to the west and northwest, and Marshfield to the north. One local business, Island Creek Oyster Farm, put Duxbury Bay on the map as one of the nation’s go-to oyster sources.
With so much to do and learn here, you won’t be disappointed if you decide to make this your next family vacation. Duxbury Beach Park, a half-mile wooden bridge away (with residents-only parking). It’s five miles of white sand with no big development or retail, just one little beach shack selling burgers and sodas.
By the 1870s, Duxbury’s rural character and unspoiled bay began to attract summer visitors. Also home to Mass Audubon’s North Hill Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, Duxbury soon gained a reputation as an idyllic summer resort. Known for the best beaches combined with American history, Duxbury should be on everyone’s list of must see places.