Located approximately 20 miles from Boston, Norwell is an upper middle class community with a population of less than 15,000. The town’s highly ranked school system, location, and level of public services make it a desirable place for professional families to live. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, shipbuilding was a major industry in the town. Many schooners, whalers, frigates, and merchant vessels were produced here. The town sits along the North River and there are many brooks and ponds located throughout the town. Also in the town is a portion of Wompatuck State Park, a state-owned, public recreation area.