Island Facts: Slate Island
This island is relatively inaccessible due to the dense thickets of poison ivy, raspberry, and barberry.
The island was occupied seasonally by Native Americans. Colonists extracted slate from the island. During the 1800s the island was occupied by a hermit. The island also served as a summer camp and was privately held until the 1970s.
Agency Designation: Harbor Islands Reservation
Visitor Facilities & Services
Natural History Overview
Poison ivy, grasses, salt-spray rose, sumac and ferns.
Survey in progress.
The island consists of slate outcrops covered with glacial till and rises to an elevation of 32 feet. The slate outcrops are surrounded by a rocky shoreline and extensive mudflats that connect the island to Hingham at low tide.
Further research required.
Views and Vistas
Hingham, Hull, Bumpkin, Grape, Peddocks, Worlds End.
Did You Know?
Constructed in 1716, Boston Light on Little Brewster Island is the oldest lighthouse site in the country. British forces burned down the original lighthouse when they fled Boston in 1776. It was rebuilt in 1783 and is now open for visitors to Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. More...