Swampscott, Massachusetts

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A Brief History of Swampscott, MA

Coastal Byway Miles: 2.5 miles

Swampscott, MA is a small scenic seaside community located just north of Boston and Lynn, Massachusetts. The town was founded in 1629 as a seafaring fishing village that went on to host a large commercial fishing fleet. Swampscott reached worldwide status when Ebenezer Thorndike invented the lobster pot in 1808. A few large resorts were built here in the 1800s that attracted wealthy patrons, families, and businessmen from across the country. Many stayed and built grand homes and hotels, attracting summer residents from every corner of the world. One of which was President Calvin Coolidge.

Exploring Swampscott From The Byway

Today, the seaside community is known for its beaches and picturesque views. Recreational areas, such as Beach Bluff Park, King’s Beach, and Fisherman’s Beach, are conveniently located right off the byway. Swampscott’s historic downtown area connects these two beaches.

Beach Bluff Park

10 Surf Street , Swampscott, MA 1907

Elihu Thomson House

22 Monument Avenue , Swampscott, MA 1907

Fish House (1896)

22 Monument Avenue , Swampscott, MA 1907

Fisherman's Beach

Humphrey Street , Swampscott, MA 1907

Gaga Gallery

459 Humphrey Street , Swampscott, MA 1907

John Humphrey Memorial House

99 Paradise Road , Swampscott, MA 1907

Mary Baker Eddy Historic House 1865-1866

1125 Boylston Street , Swampscott, MA 1907