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The Old Ordinary - A House Museum of the Hingham Historical Society

21 Lincoln St, Hingham, MA 02043-4631
+1 781-749-7721
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An historic stop worth the time

Wonderful historic place gives a real sense of the accommodations travelers had in the 1600's. A... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
Carol565
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Hingham, Massachusetts
I admit to ancestral bias but it's a great place to visit!

This wonderful home was first built in 1688 by my 8th great uncle, so I admit to a bit of bias, but... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2016
Ellen M
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Odenton, Maryland
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The Old Ordinary is a remarkable example of early American architectural and cultural history, built on the main road from Boston for stagecoach travelers to stop "for an ordinary meal," a drink in the taproom and sometimes a bed for the night. A home and family business, the Ordinary served local travelers for over 150 years - a meeting place to exchange news, celebrate events, see friends and sample the latest batch of cider. Compromised of the original 1688 structure as well as additions dating from the 1760s and 1800s, the Old Ordinary's rooms are a treasure trove of times gone by. The property also includes the Olmsted Garden (1906,) the Old Fort (1685) and the Garden Annex (1901.) A SEASONAL ATTRACTION. The Old Ordinary is open mid June to Mid September and again in November for special Candlelight Tours.
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2 Oct 2017
“An historic stop worth the time”
12 Aug 2016
“I admit to ancestral bias but it's a great place to visit!”
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21 Lincoln St, Hingham, MA 02043-4631
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Wonderful historic place gives a real sense of the accommodations travelers had in the 1600's. A small house with tavern and a great collection of tools in the back. Lovely gardens

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Reviewed 12 August 2016

This wonderful home was first built in 1688 by my 8th great uncle, so I admit to a bit of bias, but the Old Ordinary has something for almost everyone. The home was expanded several times, which adds to its interest from both an architectural...More

Thank Ellen M
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Excellent place to spend a couple of hours if you are a history buff. Very interesting tour! The Old Ordinary is conveniently located close to Hingham Square.

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Reviewed 13 July 2016

I finally made it to Ye Old Ordinary! It is a place back in the day along the Stagecoach route where travelers could stop for a meal. Our tour guide, Laurie, was very friendly and did a great job sharing the history of the building...More

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Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

I have been to the old ordinary many times! It is an awesome place to visit and it is also kid friendly! And the tool room is very neat!

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Reviewed 17 September 2015

The Old Ordinary is anything but ordinary. The name comes from colonial days when you could get an ordinary meal for a good price. Guess by today's standards that would be a restaurant that offers home cooking. Not only was the Old Ordinary a Tavern...More

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Reviewed 22 April 2015

The Old Ordinary in Hingham is something to be sure not to miss. It shows you just want Hingham was about all those years ago. Really worth seeing!

Thank industrialtech
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Reviewed 1 April 2015

The person who gave a poor review because of the opening times should be ashamed of themselves. Go here and get a peak into some real colonial history.

Thank ejja55
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Reviewed 9 November 2014

the Candlelight tour of the old ordinary gives a good idea of what it is like to survive a New England winter. Tremendous need for wood, the warmth of the kitchen, preserves, pies, hard cider, and hard times. The daylight tours are mostly a spring...More

Thank BillZippy
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

hard to find this place. and then to find that they aren't open til after noon... was disappointed to be sure..

3  Thank Waybettabagels
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