World’s End is another spectacular property that is part of the Trustees of Reservations Network. It is a 251-acre peninsula and is technically one of the Boston Harbor Islands, which were formed by retreating glaciers. The landscape is made up of rocky coastlines, broad hillsides, open fields and woodlands, as well as saltwater marshland.
World’s End has an interesting history. It was once an island before colonial farmers dammed the marshes for agriculture. In the 1880’s a wealthy Boston businessman bought the property and built a farming estate, and in the 1890’s he hired Frederick Law Olmstead to design a large subdivision. The houses were never built, but the gently curving tree-lined carriage roads remain and are beautiful paths on which to wander the property. I would love to come back in the winter and snowshoe here.
On our way out we noticed a wooden structure tucked under a stand of trees on the shore of the Damde Meadows tidal marsh. We had already been there a few hours and so I was fine leaving it for next time but Jeff wanted to see it. I am so glad we checked it out. This little wooden house was perched on the shore and had a beautiful walkway extending out over the marsh. I am sure this is wonderful place for birdwatching.
One of the most unique aspects of Worlds End is that is so peaceful and undeveloped yet it is surrounded by signs of civilization. The Boston skyline can be seen from a few overlooks and all around you are the gorgeous houses of Hingham and Hull set on rocky outcroppings. The people from nearby communities banded together with the Trustees of Reservations to protect the property from development in 1967, and you can tell it is a very cherished place!