Duxbury is a historic seaside town located on the South Shore approximately 35 miles to the southeast of Boston. Duxbury, which originally included land that is now Pembroke, was settled by the Pilgrims, Myles Standish and John Alden. Theory has it that the town was named by Myles Standish after the family estate of his childhood in Lancashire. The most remarkable period in Duxbury’s history, the shipbuilding era, began after the American Revolution but ended by the 1850s. However Duxbury’s rural character and unspoiled bay began to attract summer visitors. Duxbury Beach is well known as one of the most beautiful and accessible beaches in Massachusetts. Duxbury soon gained a reputation as an idyllic summer resort. It was not until the construction of Route 3 that transportation to Boston became expedient and the town’s population exploded with the arrival of thousands of year-round residents. This coastal location continues to play a vibrant role in the character of the community. It also has many recreational parks available for hiking, dog walking, horseback trail riding and bike riding. The Duxbury Free Library is located in the heart of town, next to the John Alden House. Duxbury also has 2 elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.
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