Wenham sits right behind large Wenham lake, separating it from the larger towns to the south while still being able to get to them in no time. Getting into downtown Boston, a half-hour drive or hour train ride away, is no problem for commuters. Its sister town to the north, Hamilton, helps give the area a wide-open, yet convenient life for Wenham residents, especially families.
Unlike most of the surrounding areas in the North Shore, the Industrial Revolution seemed to have bypassed Wenham, leaving it with its rural heritage. However, in the mid-1850s the town made significant earnings off its large lake in the burgeoning ice exportation industry. This unique industry stayed in practice all the way up to the 1970s. The Wenham Museum is a highly-rated and much enjoyed local source of history and culture.
As small and cozy as Wenham is, its options for education are in-town and impressive. The high school they share with Hamilton is consistently ranked as a top public school in Massachusetts while a new all-girls school, Penguin Hill Academy, opened in 2016. Defining the town’s colonial style buildings and houses, the Wenham Tea House is a welcome dining option full of stories and lore. Above all, the backdrop of the Wenham Lake is what built this community and it still attracts residents seeking recreation.
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