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Scituate: Where Coastal Charm Meets Irish Heritage

Scituate: Where Coastal Charm Meets Irish Heritage

Planning your wedding in Scituate is the definition of uncovering a hidden gem; just a half hour south of Boston, this beachside town is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Scituate is ideal for a weekend escape and so much more. Let's explore more of this gorgeous and historical town.

Lovingly referred to as "The Irish Riviera" by locals, this nickname is one of many nods to the Scituate's Irish heritage, as wealthy Irish families from Boston often summered here, specifically in the Minot area. To this day, Scituate prides itself on being "the most Irish town in America" and hosts an annual St. Patrick's Day parade that rivals the parade in Boston. 

If you want to learn more about this area's Irish roots be sure to visit the Irish Mossing Museum in town and explore the South Shore Irish Heritage Trail. We'll talk about the Irish Mossing Museum a bit more later, but for now, let's check out some favorite spots locals love in this cozy coastal town.

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Historic Buildings: Barker House Dates back to the 17th century
Local Loves

Choosing Scituate for your wedding gives you a unique blend of historical richness and natural beauty, all wrapped up in a warm community spirit. From the moment you set foot in this captivating town, you'll understand why so many couples are drawn to its charm. Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, or simply someone looking for a stunning and meaningful setting to say "I do," Scituate, Massachusetts, is a location that promises to make your wedding day as extraordinary as your love story. Scituate is an ideal location for a weekend of wedding-related events, let's look at the local favorites:

  • Untold Brewing 
    Guests can check out Untold Brewing, a local brewery that has quickly gained a cult following with their ales and lagers, unique on-site events, and beautifully designed labels.
  • Widow's Walk Golf Course 
    Take to the greens and enjoy all that this gorgeous golf course. Offering a great way to get outdoors and play 18 holes, guests will have great views of the beautiful Scituate scenery at their disposal.
  • Beaches 
    Every visit to Scituate is complete with a beach day. You can enjoy five public beaches: Minot, Sandhills, Egypt, Peggotty, and Humarock.
  • The Spit 
    If you're up for an adventure, rent a boat at Roht Marine and head out to The Spit, a breathtaking hidden gem of a beach you will want to share with your guests.
  • The Reel 
    A rainy day is ideal for visiting Scituate's cozy, coastal movie theater, The Reel. Make sure to visit Nona's next door for delicious homemade ice cream after the movie!
  • Lucky Finn 
    One of the best ways to spend a nice day in Scituate? Grab a coffee at Lucky Finn, a quintessential coastal coffee shop situated right on the fishing pier, and walk along the ocean enjoying the view of the heart-shaped harbor and passing boats, all the way down to Scituate's most iconic landmark, The Scituate Lighthouse.

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Tantalizing Atlantic Ocean Views


Historic Finds in Scituate

Scituate, Massachusetts, is a town rich in history and tradition. From the colonial period to the modern day, Scituate has played an important role in the development of the region. Here are five of Scituate's most interesting historical spots that any history buff would love to explore.

  1. Scituate Lighthouse
    Built in 1810, Captain Simeon Bates, the first keeper of Scituate Lighthouse, his wife, and nine children lived at the house. During the War of 1812, Abigail and Rebecca – the young daughters of Keeper Bates – prevented the British from sacking the town. Legend has it, noting the approach of two Redcoat-filled barges from a British ship of war hovering off-shore, the girls snatched a fife and drum. Hiding behind a thick cluster of cedar trees, they made such a racket that the British mistook them for an entire regiment and made a hasty retreat. Abigail and Rebecca Bates have gone down in history as the fabled "American Army of Two."
  2. The Old Oaken Bucket Homestead
    This charming colonial farmhouse was built in the mid-1700s and served as the home of Scituate's famous poet, Samuel Woodworth. The homestead is now a museum filled with artifacts and exhibits that offer a glimpse into colonial life in Massachusetts. Visitors can explore the historic house and learn about the life and work of Woodworth, who penned the beloved poem "The Old Oaken Bucket."
  3. Lawson Tower
    This imposing stone tower stands at the highest point in Scituate, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Built in 1902 as a tribute to Scituate's first settler, Captain John Lawson, the tower stands over 115 feet tall and is an impressive example of Beaux Arts architecture. Visitors can climb to the top of the tower and enjoy stunning panoramic views of Scituate and the surrounding landscape.
  4. The Maritime and Irish Mossing Museum
    Scituate has a long and rich history of maritime commerce, with fishing and shipping playing a crucial role in the town's economy for centuries. The Maritime and Irish Mossing Museum offers visitors a comprehensive look at the town's maritime heritage and the unique practice of harvesting and processing Irish moss. This seaweed was used for various purposes, including medicine, food, and industry.
  5. The Old Scituate Burial Ground
    This ancient cemetery, dating back to the 17th century, is a hauntingly beautiful testament to the town's rich history. The gravestones and monuments offer glimpses into the lives and struggles of the early settlers, from the victims of smallpox epidemics to the brave soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War. Visitors can take a guided tour of the burial ground and learn about the fascinating history and folklore of the area.

From its early days as a colonial settlement to its present-day status as a vibrant coastal community, Scituate has a rich and varied history that is waiting to be explored.

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Scituate Lighthouse, built in 1810, serves as a romantic and historical landmark where many couples choose to take their wedding photos.
Scituate Dining Guide

One of the delightful perks of hosting your wedding in Scituate is the incredible array of dining options. Scituate offers a culinary experience that's as rich and varied as its history. You and your guests will love exploring these local gems whether you're in town pre-wedding for your bachelor/bachelorette or here for the big I Do.

  • Restaurant Oro
    Scituate's take on farm to table, Chef Robin King sources produce from small farms up and down the coast, and offers fresh seafood catch of the day from local fishing boats. An excellent option for wedding weekend festivities, showers, rehearsal dinners, and more.
  • Salt Society
    A trendy & fun bar/restaurant serving to die for sushi and craft cocktails. Grab a seat at the bar if you're lucky!
  • The Satuit Tavern
    A casual and consistent town favorite, serving fried seafood, famous bar pizzas, and the best steak tips.
  • Hibernian Tavern
    With Scituate's Irish heritage, this pub is popular for fish & chips, Shepherd's Pie, and live music.
  • TK O'Malley's
    An Irish pub with the most amazing water views…score a table on the deck, watch the boats go by, and enjoy a plate of nachos and their signature mudslide.
  • The Mill Wharf
    Best spot in the harbor to watch the fishing boats go in and out, and enjoy a nicer meal.
  • Galley Kitchen + Bar
    A fun local spot for small plates & craft cocktails.
  • Chopsticks & Forks
    Fine Japanese cuisine featuring sushi and a beautiful outdoor patio to people watch in Scituate harbor.
  • Rivershed
    Inspired by the owner's love of Nashville's food, music, and culture, this local hot spot serves burgers, BBQ, and tacos alongside the latest and best local craft beers. Nashville musicians and hit songwriters perform several times throughout the year.

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Picturesque charm, scituate is a gem from all angles


Why a Scituate Wedding Offers the Perfect Blend of History, Beauty, and Community Spirit

If you're considering a Scituate wedding, you're in for a treat! This charming coastal town is steeped in rich history that dates back to the early 17th century. Imagine saying your vows against a backdrop that has witnessed the unfolding of American history, from the early settlers to the maritime adventures that have shaped the town. A Scituate wedding is like a beautiful journey back in time, where scenery and historic buildings add a layer of timeless elegance to your special day.

But it's not just the history that makes a Scituate wedding so special; it's also the unparalleled beauty of the natural surroundings. Nestled along the Atlantic Ocean, Scituate boasts scenic harbors, sandy beaches, and breathtaking cliffs. Imagine wedding photos with the sun setting over the ocean, casting its golden glow on you and your loved ones. The town's natural beauty provides a stunning canvas that requires little embellishment—nature has already done most of the work for you!

When you opt for a Scituate wedding, you're also embracing a community that knows how to celebrate love and life. The town is known for its warm, welcoming atmosphere and vibrant local culture. Whether it's the friendly faces you'll encounter as you plan your big day or the talented local vendors who bring their own touch of Scituate charm to your celebration, you'll feel like part of a community that genuinely shares in your joy.

Barker House by Wedgewood Weddings
is perfectly situated in the charming coastal town of Scituate, Massachusetts. The historic venue overlooks picturesque Scituate harbor and offers plenty of nautical charm. The property offers two main event spaces; The Williams Room is an elegant and modern space, ideal for larger receptions of up to 220 guests. It features an eight foot stone fireplace, cathedral ceiling, and hardwood dance floor. The New England Room is a fully restored 17th century building with exposed beams and luxurious furnishings. There are also two ceremony options; an enchanting garden and a stunning courtyard, or the New England Room, steeped in history.

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