Newton’s historic marker program seeks to place date plaques on houses throughout our city as a way of spreading knowledge about the history of Newton’s development. Any house, no matter how recently built, is eligible for a marker.
When you place an order, along with your house marker, you will receive a detailed research report with information about the history of your house and its earliest residents, along with copies of relevant documents.
How do I order a historic marker?
Fill in the order form, print it out, attach your check, and mail it to the Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02458. Forms may also be emailed to Ronnie Dooley, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you already know the date and/or names of the original owners of your house, please submit any proof you have for confirmation.
Research will begin once payment is received in full. Credit card orders are accepted by PayPal or by telephone, 617-796-1450.
What does the historic marker cost?
Each customized marker costs $192.00 plus tax for Historic Newton members and $250.00 plus tax for those who are not members of Historic Newton. If you are submitting your order by check, please be sure to calculate the sales tax into the amount ($204 for Historic Newton members and $265.63 for nonmembers). All sales are final. A portion of sales benefits the work of Historic Newton, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
What does the historic marker look like?
Newton's historic marker is an attractive 14.5"x 9" wooden oval, accented with beveled edges, light gray in color, with dark green lettering. The all-weather markers are designed for placement on the outside of your home.
How long does it take to research a house and produce each marker?
Your marker and research report will be ready approximately 10-12 weeks after you place your order. You will be notified when they are ready to be picked up at the Jackson Homestead & Museum during Museum open hours.
Where should I place my historic marker?
The marker should be installed on the outside of your home, at eye level, facing the street. If architectural features or landscaping make that impractical, markers may be mounted at higher levels, including the second floor. Care should be taken to minimize confusion with your house number.
Can I get information about the history of my house without purchasing a historic marker?
Research resources may be found here.
Still have questions? Call Historic Newton at 617-796-1450. Thank you for your interest!