• Lush vegetation on the top of Spectacle Island's North drumlin dominates the foreground. Boston's skyline can be seen in the distance.  The park's logo with tag line minutes away, worlds apart empashises the stark contrast between the city and islands.

    Boston Harbor Islands

    National Recreation Area Massachusetts

Island Facts: Hangman Island

A barren rock outcrop with a small pebble beach serves as a resting-place for the gulls, ducks and other seabirds.


 

General Information
This island of Boston Harbor Islands national park area is managed by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

Agency Designation: Harbor Islands Reservation
Current Use: Park purposes
Harbor Location: Quincy Bay
Acreage: 6 (upland acres: 0.45; intertidal acres: 5.48)
Highest elevation: 3 feet
Longitude: 42° N/A" North
Latitude: 70° N/A" West
Miles from Long Wharf: 7

 
Visitor Facilities & Services
Hours:
Access discouraged
Piers/Docks:
No
Visitor season:
0
Boat slips:
0
Visitor staff:
No
Moorings:
0
Guided tours:
No
Park boats:
None
Lifeguards:
No
Car access:
No
Flush toilets:
No
Campsites:
0 (capacity ea: 0)
Composting toilets:
No
Group campsites:
0 (capacity ea: 0)
Picnic areas:
No
Camping capacity:
0
Refreshments:
No
Cooking grills:
0
Drinking water:
No
Walking trails:

No

Visitor Cautions: Rocky, dangerous approach.

 
Natural History Overview
Vegetation
Sumac and other salt-tolerant herbaceous plants.

Wildlife
Survey in progress.

Geology
The island is composed of low granite and slate outcroppings and fine gravel beach. Rising three feet in elevation, the island is difficult to see at high tide. The island was larger and higher prior to quarrying in the colonial period.

Water Features
No constructed water features.

Views and Vistas
Due to its low elevation, the island is difficult to see from other harbor islands or the mainland. The island is located between Wollaston Beach, Squantum, Moon, Long, Rainsford, Peddocks and Nut islands.
 
Structures
Buildings
  • None
Fortifications
  • None
Other Structures
  • None
 

Alternate Names
Island names have changed, depending on ownership and the customs of the times. What's in a Name? lists alternate names for park islands (and a few harbor islands not within the park). Following is a known alternate name for Hangman Island:

  • Hayman's Island

Did You Know?

Airplane at Boston Logan Airport 1941

Boston Logan International Airport sits upon land that used to be four islands – Apple, Bird, Noodles and Governors Islands. Today, visitors travel past Boston’s Logan International Airport on their way to explore Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. More...