Trustees Commemorate 50th Anniversary of the Protection of World’s End with Display at Hingham Library, Lecture Series, and Celebration Event

Historic display produced in partnership with the Hingham Public Library to run from July 29-August 24

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Kristi Perry
PR Director
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Katie Marshall
PR Specialist
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Boston & Hingham, MAJuly 2017 –The Trustees announces it is commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the preservation of World’s End with a series of public programs, events, and celebrations kicking off with a display at the Hingham Public Library at the end of July.

World’s End—an iconic 251-acre coastal landscape and Boston Harbor Island located in Hingham—was originally agricultural land in the colonial era that over time survived a series of development threats which never came to fruition. Thanks to the many dedicated residents of Hingham and donors from surrounding communities who worked in partnership with The Trustees to preserve this special place, today World’s End is one of the most unique and pristine coastal reservations in the statewide non-profit’s portfolio of 116 natural, scenic, and cultural sites. The property welcomes community members and visitors year-round who come to explore the coastal drumlins, century-old cart paths, and panoramic views of the Boston skyline and participate in outdoor, nature-based activities and programs for all ages.

“We look forward to sharing the important story of the history and iconic landscape features of World’s End more broadly with our friends and neighbors through our 50th Anniversary celebration,” says Barbara Erickson, Trustees President and CEO. “Part of our ongoing nonprofit mission is to share how conservation does not happen in a vacuum, but instead is the result of many dedicated people coming together to save and care for our natural and cultural lands for the benefit of current and future generations.”

Beginning on July 29 at the Hingham Public Library and running through August 24, The Trustees will present a display designed tell the story of this unique landscape, including its history, what it might have been, and what it is today. Featuring photographs, maps, records, and other archival material gathered from The Trustees’ Archives and Research Center collections as well as the Hingham Public Library and Hingham Historical Society, the walk-through display follows the tale of this renowned property as it transformed over many years from a colonial-era farm, a 20th century noble farming estate, and a potential residential Olmsted-designed subdivision, to a possible site for the United Nations and even a nuclear power plant, all before local commitment and fundraising enabled its protection.

Special Events & Programs

On Monday, July 31 from 7-8:30PM, The Trustees and Hingham Library will host an Opening Reception at the Library featuring light refreshments and an opportunity for visitors to see and discuss the display.  Event is free and open to all.

Beginning in August, The Trustees will also present a 50th Anniversary Lecture Series comprised of three, free talks at the Library including:

  • The Story of World’s End – The Land, The People, The Heritage” on August 10 from 7-8PM hosted by Trustees Engagement Site Manager for World’s End, Peter Marotta
  • Worlds End – a Hingham Tradition” on August 17 from 7-8PM hosted by Trustees Engagement Site Manager for World’s End, Peter Marotta and local Hingham resident and longtime World’s End gatehouse ranger, Ryland Rodgers
  • The Brewer Legacy – a Noble Estate, a Gentleman’s Farm, and a Legacy of Philanthropy” on August 24 from 7-8PM hosted by Trustees Engagement Site Manager for World’s End, Peter Marotta and local history librarian Michael Achille

On September 9 at 6PM the Trustees will host a World’s End 50th Anniversary Celebration, featuring dinner under the stars in a spectacular setting celebrating the people and passion behind the 1967 effort that saved this treasured landscape from development. With special attention to community partners and a locally sourced menu, the evening promises to be a truly unique celebration. To purchase tickets or learn more about sponsorship opportunities please visit or email Proceeds from the event will directly support restoration of several key iconic features of the original Olmsted-designed landscape.

Throughout the summer The Trustees is also hosting events and activities designed to bring awareness to the property around this important anniversary milestone, including:

  • an Olmsted History Walk on August 11 featuring the design influence of the famed landscape architect;
  • a World’s End Big 50 Challenge through this anniversary year. The challenge includes picking up a Big 50 Challenge card at the gatehouse and a contest to complete every item on the card, like skipping rocks to hiking all the trails to attending a guided walk.

The Trustees would like to offer special thanks to the Hingham Public Library, Hingham Historical Society, and those who shared their photographs, family histories and stories about World’s End with The Trustees Archives and Research Center. The ARC continues to welcome all digital and physical stories and photos.

More about World’s End
World’s End is one of The Trustees’ most unique and pristine landscapes, located on 251 coastal acres in the town of Hingham on Boston’s South Shore and renowned for its sweeping views of the Boston skyline. A part of the Boston Harbor Island National Park Area, World’s End is only 15 miles driving distance from the city and is also accessible by boat, canoe, and kayak. The raw beauty of the site includes rolling hills, rocky shorelines, open fields bracketed by pockets of woodlands, and tree-lined carriage paths designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The property’s 4.5 miles of carriage paths and footpaths are ideal for walking, picnicking, jogging, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, or simply enjoying nature and the outdoors. The grounds are open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset

A retreating glacier helped create the geology of Boston Harbor, including the four spoon-shaped hills, or drumlins, that comprise World’s End. Once an island at high tide, colonial farmers dammed the salt marsh to grow hay and cleared almost all the trees for cropland. In 1856, wealthy Boston businessman John Brewer built a mansion along Martin’s Lane (the residential street that leads up to the current site) and, over the next thirty years, acquired most of the peninsula’s over 400 acres including nearby Sarah and Langley Islands. At the time of its acquisition by The Trustees in the 1960’s, World’s End was one of the most threatened landscapes on the entire Massachusetts’ coast. After the proposed subdivision was abandoned, the peninsula survived a 1945 proposal to construct a new United Nations Headquarters (which ultimately found its home in New York City) as well as a 1965 proposal to build a nuclear power plant. In 1967, thanks to the local commitment and tremendous fundraising efforts of dedicated residents from Hingham and surrounding communities, The Trustees was able to preserve World’s End for public use and enjoyment.

Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for more than 125 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors, and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of both historic and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s first regional preservation and conservation organization, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today as they did in the past. We are a nonprofit supported by members, friends and donors and our more than 115 sites are destinations for residents, members, and visitors alike, welcoming millions of guests annually.