The Town of Cohasset covers a nine square mile area in a setting of colonial homes and ocean vistas of spectacular beauty. The town is about 25 miles from Boston and is predominantly residential, many of its residents making the daily commute to work by bus, car or commuter boat from adjoining Hingham. Route 3-A bisects the town and provides a location for a multitude of large and small businesses. At present, there are four active shopping malls within the town. Cohasset's central village lies around a spacious common with a small pond, and includes specialty shops, the colonial First Parish Meeting House and St. Stephen's Church with its 56 bell carillon that has offered Sunday concerts since1 824. The town has active Community and Arts Centers, three historical museums and the renowned South Shore Music Circus, as well as the Swim Club, two beaches and the recreational facilities of Whitney Woods Reservation and the Wompatuck State Park. Along the shores of Cohasset Harbor are facilities for dining, sailing and a replica of the famous Minot's light. Plans are in motion to extend and improve the water front area. Many town residents involve themselves in community activities and the school system is highly rated academically.