Houghs Neck

We love anything with water near it, so you know it was only a matter of time before we explored Houghs Neck.

No apostrophe needed. Hough’s Neck is somewhere else. Also, it’s pronounced like “Hows.” Pronouncing it like “coughs” will get you a beating from the locals, who otherwise are quite friendly. Don’t pronounce it like you are referencing multiple prostitutes, either.

It is named for Atherton Hough, who was the Mayor of Boston… Boston, England. He gave out the land grant, intending that the area be used as an orchard. The local elementary school is named for him, as well.

John Adams once used Houghs Neck as a departure point to get out of Massachusetts for a diplomatic mission without the British catching him.
I was born in Dorchester and spent part of my life in Quincy, but I live in the sticks now, and have been there long enough that this right here is about as close as I like to come to a city… or at least a city larger than New Bedford. It cuts both ways, too. I used to teach in the city, and I would bring the kids down to deserted Duxbury Beach to fish or do science projects now and then. They’d enjoy themselves, but never became too comfortable. “This is the kind of s*** that girl from The Ring hangs out in,” one student told me. “Black people generally have more sense than to come to places like this.”
Houghs Neck was once known as The Flounder Capital Of The World, as winter flounder do the cold weather months in Boston Harbor. They used to have 6 different boats taking people out to get the yummy little suckers. 
Houghs Neck was a summer resort area once, but it is far more residential today.
Houghs Neck is sort of wedged between Quincy Bay, Hingham Bay and the Fore River. They get barrier beach protection from Hull and from Peddocks Island.
Peddocks Island is visible to the right, it is the home to the now-defunct Fort Andrews.
It does make sense to advertise your ferry service right under the “You will die if you try to swim across” sign.
There is some debate as to where the Irish Riviera ends in the south… some say Marshfield, some say Plymouth, some say it’s the Cape… but there is very little debate as to where the Riviera begins in the north. There’s Boston, home of South Boston. Squantum, in the left foreground, sort of trades the title with Rexhame or Fieldston in Marshfield for “highest % of Irish.” Both are in the 60s. 
Residents are called “Neckers” or “Neck Birds,” and the area is known around Quincy as “God’s Country.” We’ll be back sometime to shoot the rest of the neighborhood. 

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