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Historic Newton

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July 2018

A LOOK BEHIND NEEDHAM STREET

July 19 @ 6:30 pm
Needham Street, Needham Street
Newton, MA 02461 United States
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Did you know there used to be a large fireworks factory on Needham Street? Where you can hear the South Meadow Brook the loudest? Join Lily Canan Reynolds of the Newton Department of Planning and Development for a walk down the Greenway and a look at landmarks from different phases of development on Needham Street. From farms to factories to retail stores and a burial ground, the history of the street reflects years of urban planning, including a recent Vision…

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NEWTON’S EARLIEST SUBDIVISIONS

July 29 @ 2:00 pm
Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02458 United States
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William Jackson was one of the first to predict how the railroads would shape the future of Newton. Anticipating Newton's growth as a railroad suburb, in 1844 he sold portions of the historic Jackson Homestead farm to create housing for people likely to use the new Boston and Albany railroad line to commute to work. This tour highlights the architectural and social history of the neighborhood around Walnut Park and Waban Park from the mid-19th through early 20th centuries. Meet…

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August 2018

ANTEBELLUM ARCHITECTURE OF WEST NEWTON HILL

Walk past homes built in the 1850s and learn about their architectural highlights and the people who lived here. The tour also includes the story of the fountain at the corner of Chestnut and Highland Streets installed in memory of Catherine Porter Lambert, and the house she lived in, built in 1854. Information is based on research by the West Newton Hill Preservation Initiative. Meet at the corner of Otis and Lenox streets. Park on nearby streets. Learn about history…

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SPORTS LEGENDS AT NEWTON CEMETERY

August 12 @ 2:00 pm
Newton Cemetery, 791 Walnut St
Newton, MA 02459 United States
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Throughout history, Newton’s schools, public playing fields, and parks have spawned quite a few star athletes. Stroll through the Newton Cemetery to see the final resting places and learn more about the lives of tennis great Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, baseball legend Dom DiMaggio, golf course designer Donald Ross, and other sports legends. Meet in front of the chapel just inside the main gate, 791 Walnut St, Newton Centre; park in the lot to the left of the chapel. Learn about…

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400 YEARS OF LANDSCAPE HISTORY NEAR FARLOW HILL

August 23 @ 6:30 pm
Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Ave.
Newton, MA 02458
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During the past 400 years, the land surrounding the Durant-Kenrick House has been used in many different ways. Learn about chief Waban and Native American settlements as well as 17th century preacher John Eliot. Trace the history of development in the area as we walk through the grounds of the Durant-Kenrick House and past the Eliot Memorial overlooking what is now Newton Commonwealth Golf Course. The tour continues inside Durant-Kenrick House; explore the museum on your own afterwards. Meet at…

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