Upcoming Events at Historic Newton
Sunday, July 10, 2:00 PM
NEWTON WALKS: FARM TO CAMPUS AT BOSTON COLLEGE
Boston College moved out to Newton in 1913, creating a campus from farmland once owned by Amos Lawrence, 19th century industrialist and abolitionist. This tour, led by BC History professor James O’Toole, traces connections between the school and its Newton neighbors. Also learn the history of some of its early buildings, including Gasson Hall.Meet in the plaza between Gasson Hall and the O’Neill Library (near College Road on the Boston College campus). Suggested donation, $10. Information: 617-796-1450.
Sunday, July 24, 2:00 PM
HISTORIC NEWTON WALKS
NEWTON’S EARLIEST SUBDIVISIONS
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 in the parking lot of the Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington Street, Newton. Suggested donation, $10. Information: 617-796-1450.
Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
COMMUNITY WEEKEND AT HISTORIC NEWTON
Newton residents are invited to enjoy free admission to our museums. At the Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton. Information: 617-796-1450.
Sunday, August 7, 2:00 PM
HISTORIC NEWTON WALKS
COMMUNITY LIFE IN 19th CENTURY AUBURNDALE
Explore the institutions that helped define 19th century life in Auburndale. A local tavern first brought people through the area. As the railroad arrived and more people settled, early institutions, such as Lasell College and the United Parish of Auburndale, became the focus of community life. Longtime Auburndale residents Caroline and Larry Schwirian lead this tour. Meet in front of the Walker Center, 144 Hancock Street, Auburndale. Suggested donation, $10 per person. Information: 617-796-1450.