town in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States

Hamilton is a North Shore city in Massachusetts with a population of about 7,500 in 2020. Hamilton is closely tied to its sister town, Wenham, sharing a school system, library, recreation department and commuter rail station. In 2010, the community of Hamilton-Wenham was listed among the "Best Places to Live" by Boston Magazine.

Wenham has a population around 5k in the 2020 census.


The Town of Hamilton has long been known for its association with equestrian and agricultural activities. Hamilton is continually exploring new ways to grow, while embracing its rich and storied history.

With 15 square miles (40 km²) of winding roads, rolling hills, green forests, and miles of open fields, Hamilton is beautifully rural, peaceful, and inviting.

Get inEdit

Map of Hamilton (Massachusetts)

By trainEdit

Hamilton-Wenham train station is served by the MBTA Commuter Rail Newburyport Line which goes to Boston North Station.

By carEdit

From Boston, take I-93 North to Route 128 towards Gloucester/Rockport. Exit 20A from Route 128 onto Route 1A. Follow Route 1A through North Beverly, Wenham, into Hamilton. Trip is about 32 mi (51 km), 30-35 minutes.

Get aroundEdit


  • 1 Asbury Grove, S. Hamilton. This historical Methodist Camp is home for many S. Hamilton residents. It includes many smaller neighborhoods with small houses full of character. Each house is painted in bright colors with unique architectural designs.    
  • Patton Park, 340 Bay Rd. Home of General George S. Patton's historic World War II military tank, this park has walking, running, and biking paths, a playground, public baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts,and the community swimming pool. During the summer, there are local musical acts featured in the park's center gazebo.
  • 2 Sagamore Hill Solar Radio Observatory, Sagamore Hill. A ground-based observatory for scientific observation of the sun.    


  • Chebacco Lake. Boating and swimming, many hidden spots for romantic picnics and getaways.
  • 1 Myopia Hunt Club, 435 Bay Rd, +1 978 468-7956. Country club with golf course, tennis courts, swimming pools, and a few acres of open field where polo is played every Sunday in the spring.    
  • Neverland Theater, Hamilton-Wenham Community House, 284 Bay Rd, +1 978 468-7925. Local theater company creates fun, lively versions of classic Broadway plays and musicals, casting of both children and adults.
  • True North Gallery, 25 Woodbury St (Exit 17 off 128 North. Rt 22.), +1 978 468-1962. W-Sa noon-5PM. Indigenous art from the far North. Sculptures and prints produced by Inuit artists, carvings by Yupik artists in Alaska and Siberia, embroidered reindeer leather jewelry from Sami artists in Lapland, and carvings and prints by artists from the Pacific Northwest. Handmade antique sleigh tables, snowshoe chairs, and other décor inspired by the far North.


  • French Lessons Boutique, 26 Bay Rd, +1 978 468-1399. "French boudoir inspired" boutique, features clothing lines from numerous upscale designers, providing pretty, but pricey outfits.
  • Green Meadows Farm, 656 Asbury St, +1 978 468-2277. Small, certified organic supplier of seasonal vegetables, fruits, flowers, local cheeses, and other products Breeds heritage livestock, hosts parties and functions for individuals and communal events.


  • Daniella's Pizzeria and More, 275 Asbury St, +1 978 468-0188. Small, family run pizzeria with salads, subs and more.
  • Hamilton House of Pizza, 40 Railroad Ave, +1 978 468-3955. The original pizzeria of Hamilton, salads and subs of all sorts.
  • Henderson's Café, 300 Main St, +1 978 468-3100. Small, quiet and cozy café for breakfast, lunch or a late-afternoon snack.
  • The Weathervane Tavern, 85 Railroad Ave, +1 978 468-2600. Restaurant and bar. It can be difficult to get a table at this small, intimate tavern, a local favorite.


  • Black Cow Tap & Grill, 16 Bay Rd, +1 978 468-1166. Popular restaurant and bar. American fare and pub food, upscale environment invites a crowd of older residents and young professionals. Extensive beer selection includes national and locally brewed lagers and ales. Fisherman's Brew ([Gloucester], MA), Wachusett Blueberry Ale, and many more New England brews. Wines from around the world. Specialty drinks including original creations such as the Kiss in the Dark Martini.
  • The Weathervane Tavern, 85 Railroad Ave, +1 978 468-2600. Local, international and generic beers, extensive wine list includes all types and flavors.




Go nextEdit

  • Gloucester, a city located directly on the Atlantic Ocean, has numerous beaches, sprawling state parks, shopping and night life.
  • Beverly is the next-door neighbor to Hamilton with shopping, restaurants, museums, parks and smaller beaches.
  • Salem is the historic site of the Salem Witch Trials with numerous museums based upon its rich colonial history (Salem Witch Museum). Salem is located directly on the ocean with many seaside restaurants and shops.
  • Ipswich is another neighbor to Hamilton with Crane Beach and Estate, which are both beautiful and family-friendly areas. Ipswich also has many great restaurants and small pubs in its quaint downtown area.
  • Rockport is the next town over from Gloucester with many seafood restaurants and a lively downtown shopping area called Bearskin Neck, where tourists and locals come to experience the small village of shops located only feet above the ocean.
Routes through Hamilton
NewburyportIpswich  N   S  WenhamBoston
Ends at  Essex  N   S  WenhamBeverly
BostonBeverly  SW   NE  IpswichNewburyport

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