Historic Walking Tours

 
A guide leads a walking tour.Each summer, Historic Newton sponsors Historic Newton Walks, walking tours of Newton sites and neighborhoods that illuminate their history.

Each tour lasts approximately one hour. Suggested donation, $10 per person. Our 2017 schedule is listed below. Please check our calendar for updates on tours throughout the season!

Sign up here or come to the beginning of the tour. Watch our web site to see if a tour is full. Donations for each tour may be made here or at the start of the tour. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

If we need to cancel a tour due to bad weather, we will announce our decision on our web site by 11 a.m. on the day that the tour is scheduled.

Did you take a tour? Fill our our brief survey here! 

Sunday, June 25, 2:00 PM
BROOK FARM: A UTOPIA AND MORE

In the 1840s, Brook Farm was a utopian community for Transcendentalists including Nathaniel Hawthorne, who used it as the setting for A Blithedale Romance. Yet historical references to the area go back to 17th century preacher John Eliot. The land was also used as a poor farm, a training camp during the Civil War, and an orphanage. Learn about the layers of Newton history with former Newton South High School English teacher Dwight MacKerron as you walk through the site. Park in the Gethsemane Cemetery, 670 Baker Street, West Roxbury, and meet in front of the cemetery office. Suggested donation, $10 per person. Information: 617-796-1450.

Sunday, July 16, 2:00 PM
VOICES OF NEWTONVILLE: A VILLAGE HISTORY
Explore the history of Newtonville from its rural beginnings, through its suburban development as a railroad stop, to the changes brought by construction of the Mass Pike. Hear narratives from past residents as you visit key sites. Meet at the Newton North High School Parking lot, Elm Road and Walnut Street. Park in the lot. Suggested donation, $10 per person. Information: 617-796-1450.

Sunday, July 30, 2:00 PM
WHO INSPIRED OUR SCHOOLS? A NEWTON CEMETERY TOUR
Many elementary and middle schools are named for notable Newtonians. Stroll through the Newton Cemetery to see the final resting places and learn more about the lives of those whose legacy continues in our public schools. Meet in front of the chapel inside the main gate at 791 Walnut Street, Newton Centre. Park in the lot to the left of the chapel. Suggested donation, $10 per person. Information: 617-796-1450.

Tuesday, August 15,6:30 PM
UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS: WOMEN IN TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY HOUSEHOLDS
Discover the Newton Corner women who lived in the homes on Eldredge, Franklin, and Park Streets in 1900. Newton resident Anne Larner will paint a picture of life for mistresses of the homes as well as live-in servants. Meet in Farlow Park at the intersection of Church and Eldredge Streets. Park along nearby streets. Suggested donation, $10 per person. Information: 617-796-1450.

Sunday, September 10, 4:00 PM
SPECIAL RUNNING TOUR WITH NEWTON SPORTS SPOTLIGHT
Do you like running, history, and beer? This easy-paced, fun running tour through Newtonville and Newton Centre follows part of the legendary Boston Marathon route and tells about local sports legends. Total distance: approximately 4 miles. Meet at the Brewers Coalition, 344 Walnut Street, Newtonville; stay after the run to purchase beer and snacks. Suggested donation, $10 per person. Information: 617-796-1450.

Sunday, September 24, 2:00 PM
TRACING THE 1890s BUILDING BOOM ON WEST NEWTON HILL
The decade of the 1890s was a boom period in many parts of Newton, including West Newton Hill. Learn more about the distinctive features of Queen Anne and other architectural styles in the neighborhood, as well as the backgrounds of the families who first owned some of these homes. Meet at the corner of Prince and Dartmouth Streets. Park along nearby streets. Suggested donation, $10 per person. Information: 617-796-1450.