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Jamaica Plain Historical Society

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September 2017

Walking Tour of Woodbourne

September 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on September 23, 2017 at 11:00am

Bethel AME Church, 40 Walk Hill St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to tour this part of the JP neighborhood which developed from 19th-century summer estates into a model suburban enclave. It contains examples representative of New England architecture with designs by local architects and builders. It also contains an unusual garden city model housing development by the Boston Dwelling House Company which was founded in 1912. All tours are free to the public and are offered on dates shown. Tours last between 60 and 90…

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Walking Tour of Jamaica Pond

September 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on August 12, 2017 at 11:00am

One event on September 30, 2017 at 11:00am

Jamaica Pond Bandstand, Pond and Jamaicaway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Travel around the Pond with the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. Once a district that only included the houses of Boston’s elite, the Pond later was put to industrial use as tons of ice were harvested there each winter. Learn about the movers and shakers such as Francis Parkman and James Michael Curley who made their homes on the Pond’s shores. Discover how the Pond was transformed from private estates and warehouses into the parkland we know today. All tours are…

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October 2017

George Bucknam Dorr: from Jamaica Pond to Commonwealth Avenue

October 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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George Bucknam Dorr, known as the “Father of Acadia”, was the founder of the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River. The roots of George B. Dorr's land conservation achievements are deeply embedded on the Jamaica Pond shoreline where he was born in 1853. Childhood exposure to other Massachusetts landscapes also shaped his later success on the mid-Maine coast. Throughout Dorr's life, notables with attachments to Jamaica Plain--Charles S. Sargent, Edith Wharton, Francis Parkman, Ellen Swallow Richards, Henry &…

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