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 first two tours are listed below. Please check our calendar for updates on tours being added 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.
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.
Sunday, June 4, 3:00 PM
GARGOYLES AND GLASS: A TOUR OF SECOND CHURCH
In 1916, the Second Congregational Church moved its home from Washington Street in West Newton Square to its current location on Highland Street at the foot of West Newton Hill. The now 100 year old American Gothic building, designed by Charles Collens, is a testament to the gifted craftsmen of the time, including Charles Connick and Henry Wynd-Young (stained glass) and Johannes Kerchmayer (carvings). We will start with a look at the historic former parsonage just next door, continue to the façade of Second Church that was inspired by Salisbury Cathedral, and move inside to explore the beautiful symbolic and whimsical images created in wood, stone and glass. Meet in front of Second Church, 60 Highland Street, West Newton. Park in the church lot. Suggested donation, $10 per person. Information: 617-796-1450.
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 Yet historical references to the area go back to 17th century preacher John Eliot.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.