Ragged Island (Massachusetts)

Ragged Island (Massachusetts)

Ragged Island is an island in the Hingham Bay area of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The island has a permanent size of 4 acres, and is composed of a massing of roxbury puddingstone which rises to a height of 30 feet above sea level. Broken ledges surround most of the island with small gravel beaches on the southeast and northwest sides with small tidal mudflats. The island was first occupied by John Langlee in the late 1600s. In the late 1800s it was developed as part of a summer resort, and has subsequently been the site of a restaurant and rustic observation shelters. Today it is uninhabited and has an interesting mix of cultivated and naturalized plants, including Lily-of-the-valley, Daylily, Silver Maple, Red Maple, Norway Maple, Cedar, Norway Spruce, Linden, Greenbrier and Poison Ivy. The island is managed by the town of Hingham and access is by private boat only.

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