The Fields of Newton, Boston

Newton, Massachusetts

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Imagining fields in today’s Newton takes a giant leap of faith. Yet it is possible for a sensitive walker to trace the underlying structure of the community by exploring its topography, its oldest roads, and the residential buildings that uniformly blanket the area. You can find vestiges of the old fields in open land and in the spacious settings of institutions built on large parcels. Today the development of Newton’s fields can often be dated by examining variants of architectural styles. Indeed, this walk is a virtual primer on residential architecture: you’ll pass styles ranging from Stick to Colonial to Queen Anne to Shingle. In its search for the remnants of Newton’s long-ago fields, this walk begins at Newton Centre Station and the railroad that was the chief driving force bringing people to Newton. You’ll trace the city’s remaining open lands and parks and explore the old farmland that now hosts educational or ecclesiastical institutions. Along the way you’ll have the chance to spot homes from fanciful to puritanical.
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by Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Imagining fields in today’s Newton takes a giant leap of faith. Yet it is possible for a sensitive walker to trace the underlying structure of the community by exploring its topography, its oldest roads, and the residential buildings that uniformly blanket the area. You can find vestiges of the old fields in open land and in the spacious settings of institutions built on large parcels.

Today the development of Newton’s fields can often be dated by examining variants of architectural styles. Indeed, this walk is a virtual primer on residential architecture: you’ll pass styles ranging from Stick to Colonial to Queen Anne to Shingle. In its search for the remnants of Newton’s long-ago fields, this walk begins at Newton Centre Station and the railroad that was the chief driving force bringing people to Newton. You’ll trace the city’s remaining open lands and parks and explore the old farmland that now hosts educational or ecclesiastical institutions. Along the way you’ll have the chance to spot homes from fanciful to puritanical.

©  Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Newton
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Driving Directions: Directions to The Fields of Newton, Boston

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