Re-installation of Historic Plaque

When the old Post Office was knocked down, a Myrtle Street neighbor saved the historic plaque that used to be on the building. After 10 years, the plaque - proclaiming Jamaica Plan as the Eden of America - is going to be re-installed by the Bulfinch Company. Please come along to a short ceremony to mark the occasion. Chris Osgood, Boston's Chief of Streets (and JP resident) will be on hand too.

Walking Tour of Jamaica Pond

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 shown. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain.

Walking Tour of Woodbourne

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.

Walking Tour of Stony Brook

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 testament to the power of community activism. All JPHS tours are free to the public. Tours last between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain. No reservations are required, just meet the guide at the location listed.

Walking Tour of Sumner Hill

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 between 60 and 90 minutes and are canceled in case of heavy rain.