History

Excerpts

From King’s ‘Handbook of Boston Harbor’

“Close at hand on the west is Nantasket Lake (until recently known as Straits Pond), a singular lagoon two miles long, on which boat and tub races and other aquatic sports are often conducted. This rather pretty sheet of water has been suspected of malarial influences; and the contiguous towns spend considerable sums upon it yearly, in the interest of sanitation. In old times it was known as Lake Galilee, and Atlantic Hill bore the name of Mount Zion; certain reverend pilgrims, returning from the Holy Land, having reported that the hills of this region bore a singular resemblance to those of Palestine.”

From the 'Narrative History of Cohasset' by E. Victor Bigelow

"One of the public industries taking place in the Cohasset vicinity, which promised a large food supply, involved a fish weir at the stream towards Cohasset which thereafter was called Weir River. A herring monopoly of that stream was granted in April, 1637. The men were granted the “river called Lyford’s Liking to build a weare to take fish.” Since the river became Weir River, the name Lyford’s Liking has been applied to the marshy waterway between the mouth of the Weir River and Straits Pond. Lyford was a preacher from Ireland who came to Plymouth in 1624 but was dismissed on account of his treachery. He was a settler at Hull (Nantasket) in 1625, before Hingham was planted. The pioneers called the outlet of Straits Pond a falls “although it is scarcely more than a tumble when the tide is low.”