About Norwell

The Town of Norwell is a community of 11,000, located in Plymouth County approximately twenty miles south of Boston, along the picturesque North River. Norwell was originally settled in 1636 as part of the settlement of Satuit (later Scituate), which encompasses present day Scituate and Norwell. Shipbuilding was a major industry of the town during the 1700’s and into the 1800’s. Some of the finest sailing vessels in our nation’s history were produced in Norwell, including the Columbia which was the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe. In 1849, the portion of Scituate now known as Norwell broke away from Scituate and was incorporated as South Scituate. Later, in 1888, the Town incorporated again as the Town of Norwell. The Town was named for Henry Norwell, a dry goods merchant and summer resident of the town who provided funds for the maintenance of the public roads. 

Today, Norwell is an upper middle class community. Its’ high level of public services, amenities and geographical location have made it an attractive place to live for professional families. Its highly ranked schools are a reason many move to Norwell.

There are a number of recreational areas throughout the Town offering a variety of outdoor activities including; Valley Swamp and Stetson Meadows Conservation Land, the Albert F. Norris Reservation, Black Pond Natural Preserve, the North River Salt Marsh, Cuffey Hill Reservation, Miller Woods and the Donovan Property.