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Did you know that Accord Pond is a reservoir?

By Jason Alexander
Updated April 28, 2020

Did you know that Accord Pond is a reservoir?

Accord Pond is a 100-acre water reservoir located at the intersection of Hingham, Norwell and Rockland.  The reservoir is a source of water for the towns of Hingham and Hull as well as part of Cohasset. The outflow of the reservoir is Accord Brook, which is a tributary of the Weir River.

How did the pond get its name?

Urban legend has it that Accord Pond was named after an “accord” that was reached among the towns of Hingham, Norwell and Rockland when they agreed to divide up the shoreline and share the water as a resource.  In fact, the pond derives its name from a treaty that was made between the Indians and the settlers prior to 1640.  Both parties met in the winter on the frozen pond to make it.

In “Bradford’s History of Plymouth Plantation, 1606-1646” by William Bradford, the author talks about the effort to establish boundaries between the Massachusetts Govermente and the New-Plimoth Govermente in 1639 and 1640.  The agreement that was reached “for the setting out, settling, and determining of the bounds and limitts of the lands between the said jurisdictions” was done in order that “not only this presente age, but the posteritie to come may live peaceably and quietly in that behalfe.”

Accord Pond is mentioned in the description of the bounds that were set, and its name is reaffirmed.  It is described as “a great pond, that lyeth on the right hand of the uper path, or commone way, that leadeth betweene Waimoth and Plimoth, close to the path as we goe alonge, which was formerly named (and still we desire may be called) Accord pond, lying aboute five or 6. myles from Weimoth southerley.”

Later it goes on to describe the location of the pond in more detail: “And wheras the said line, from the said brooke which runeth into Choahassett salt-marshes, called by us Bound-brooke, and the pond called Accord-pond, lyeth nere the lands belonging to the tounships of Sityate and Hingam.”  At that time, Norwell was part of Scituate, and Rockland, which was originally part of Abington, had not yet been settled.

How do you pronounce it?

Even though the name stems from the word “accord,” which is common to the English lexicon, it does not sound the same.  Instead, Accord is pronounced Ah-cord with a long A, making it sound a bit like blackboard.

Is there an Accord, MA?

Yes, there is.  However, although you can rent a post office box in Accord, MA, you cannot live there.  Accord, which is part of Hingham and is situated on the Hingham/Norwell line, is nothing more than a zip code used to distinguish the post office in South Hingham from the one that is located downtown.

 

Kristen Arute can be reached at kristen@hinghamcurrent.com.

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Accord Pond is a 100-acre water reservoir located at the intersection of Hingham, Norwell and Rockland. The reservoir is a source of water for the towns of Hingham and Hull as well as part of Cohasset. The outflow of the reservoir is Accord Brook, which is a tributary of the Weir River.