Whortleberry Hollow is tucked between residential property along Cushing Street on the west, Whiting Street on the south, Gardner Street on the east and the New Boston Golf Club on the north. The center of the property is low lying with a small sheltered valley, or hollow, in its middle containing wetlands and a small stream which runs north and ultimately flows into Plymouth River. On the southwest end of the property is a meadow which connects to Gardner Street to the east and has woods on the south, west and north sides. Further north, on the east side and west side are tree covered hills. In 1983 this 13-acre tract of land was given to the Hingham Land Conservation Trust by Suvia P. Whittemore in memory of the late Arthur E. Whittemore, Hingham’s Town Moderator for many years. Mrs. Whittemore also donated 3 acres across Gardner Street to the Conservation Commission, for wildlife and watershed protection. In 2019 Eagle Scout Evan Lamlein made and installed 3 benches on the property and Eagle Scout Trent Hesselman constructed a 32-foot long boardwalk through wetlands.
The property presumably got its name from the presence of whortleberries. Whortleberry is a common name for vaccinium myrtillus or European blueberry, a species of shrub with edible fruit of blue color Other common names for the plant are “bilberry”, “blaeberry”, and “wimberry”. It has much in common with the American blueberry.
Public footpath access to Whortleberry Hollow is from granite steps at Hingham Land Conservation Trust sign at 430 Cushing Street. There is limited parking off the west side of Cushing Street across from the entrance.