When you think about amusement parks you probably think of theme parks with cartoon characters, roller coasters and parades. However, did you know that there was an amusement park located in Hingham, Massachusetts?
The Melville Garden at Downer Landing was built by Dorchester industrialist Samuel Downer in 1871. It became a destination for visitors during the summer and featured clambakes, fireworks, bowling, and dancing. It was also the first place in Hingham to have electric lights. The park closed in 1897.
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