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Jamaica Plain Historical Society

August 2018

Walking Tour of Sumner Hill

August 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on July 7, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on August 25, 2018 at 11:00am

Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to check out this beautiful area of JP. Developed as a suburb by General William Hyslop Sumner in the mid-nineteenth century, this National Historic District includes one of the finest collections of Victorian houses in the area. The tour includes the ancestral home of the Dole Pineapple Company founder as well as the homes of progressives who were active as abolitionists and women suffragists. All JPHS tours are free to the public. Tours last…

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Walking Tour of Stony Brook

August 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on July 14, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on August 25, 2018 at 11:00am

MBTA Stony Brook Station Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States + Google Map
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Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to explore a fascinating industrial area at the geographic heart of Boston that includes 19th-century tannery and brewery buildings, the homes of early German settlers, and today’s Boston Beer Company, the brewers of Samuel Adams. In the 1970s, a coalition of community groups joined together to block construction of the Southwest Expressway through Jamaica Plain and other Boston neighborhoods. Today, the Southwest Corridor Park that runs through the Stony Brook neighborhood stands as a…

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September 2018

Walking Tour of Hyde Square

September 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on September 1, 2018 at 11:00am

Brendan Behan Pub, 378 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to learn about 1840s Hyde Square when German and Irish immigrants transformed the neighborhood with their businesses, schools, and institutions. See how in the early 1960s, Hyde Square changed again when Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican immigrants transformed it into Boston’s first predominantly Hispanic neighborhood. This tour also takes us to the home of Maud Cuney Hare, a prominent music historian and one of only two black women students at the New England Conservatory…

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Walking Tour of Green Street

September 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on July 28, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on September 15, 2018 at 11:00am

Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, 640 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to take a walk on Green Street. Laid out in 1836, the street played a key role in Jamaica Plain’s development, functioning as a residential, commercial, and transportation conduit in the lives of the district’s residents. Although Green Street was subdivided as early as 1851 for stores, factories and houses, it was not extensively developed until the late 1870s with construction continuing until the early 1900s. The Bowditch School was completed in 1892, and…

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Walking Tour of Woodbourne

September 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on September 22, 2018 at 11:00am

Bethel AME Church, 40 Walk Hill St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Please join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to learn about the Woodbourne area of JP. This neighborhood 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 JPHS tours are free to the public and are offered on dates shown. Tours last between…

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Walking Tour of Jamaica Pond

September 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on August 11, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on September 29, 2018 at 11:00am

Jamaica Pond Bandstand, Pond and Jamaicaway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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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 JPHS tours are free to the public and are offered on dates…

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October 2018

Casey Arborway Tour: Rediscovering the Original Topography of Forst Hills

October 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States
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Join the JP Historical Society and local historian Richard Heath for a walking tour of the imagination. Not one square inch remains of the Forest Hills of forty years ago; the Southwest Corridor and the Casey Arborway obliterated all architectural landmarks from that era. And yet the vista and connection that Frederick Law Olmsted once designed and supervised for the parkway between the Arboretum and Franklin Park (most of which was destroyed in 1952 for the Casey Overpass) have been…

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