Exhibit designer Robert Kiihne has installed a new interactive map with sliding overlays at the Durant-Kenrick House on Waverly St.
Starting with a satellite image of the area around Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds in the present day, visitors have the opportunity to use the sliding overlays to see how the land was used at various moments in the past. Waban, Tassansquaw, and their Native Peoples used many acres of ground around the area; slide one panel to see where they discussed religion with John Elliot. Slide another panel to see the boundaries of the colonial era Durant Farm and country estate of fields and pastures. Next see an overlay showing the 133 acres of the Kenrick nurseries in the 19th century, where they grew thousands of varieties of fruit trees, roses, iris and more. This is a great way to see the landscape use of Newton and how it changed over time.