Button Island (Massachusetts)

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Map of Button Island, provided by the National Park Service.

Button Island is a small island in the Hingham Bay area of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. It is part of the Town of Hingham. The island has a permanent size of under 1-acre (4,000 m2), plus an intertidal zone of a further 116 acres (0.47 km2). It is composed of a massing of glacial till which rises to a height of 10 feet (3.0 m) above sea level. The island is managed by the town of Hingham, and access is by private boat only.[1]

The island is notable for a large oak tree, which together with several smaller oaks, cedars, and sumac cover the island. Shrub species such as bayberry and dewberry can also be found. Grasses and sea-lavender populate the inter-tidal zone.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Button Island Factsheet". Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. Archived from the original on September 14, 2006. Retrieved October 6, 2006.

Coordinates: 42°15′04.15″N 70°53′03.74″W / 42.2511528°N 70.8843722°W / 42.2511528; -70.8843722