The Newton History Museum at the Jackson Homestead
Newton, MA 02458
Tuesday-Friday: 11am- 5 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 12pm- 5 pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays
The Newton History Museum is a local history museum that acknowledges the city’s early development. According to thewebsite, Historic Newton encourages “inquiry about and exploration of the history of Newton, Massachusetts within the context of the wider American story.” Historic Newton oversees the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, the Jackson Homestead,and Newton’s Historic Burying Ground. The Jackson Homestead house is popularly known for being a stop on the Underground Railroad. The museum was built in 1809 as a farmhouse designed in a federal style.It is nowreplete with costumes, painting, photographs, maps, manuscripts,and historical artifacts.
The Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds
286 Waverly Avenue
Newton, MA 02458
Wednesday-Friday: 11am- 5pm
Saturday-Sunday: 12pm- 5pm
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays
The Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds is one of only few pre-Revolutionary houses left in Newton. Built in 1732,it has been maintained and still exists in near original condition. The house is adorned with period furniture and other antique collections. It is surrounded by specimen trees that William Kenrick himself planted. He was one of the first horticulturists in the country.
Newton Highlands, MA 02461
Crystal Lake is located in Newton Centre and its shores are mostly lined by private homes.The lake is spread across a 33-acre area and its shores host two small parks, a designated swimming area, and a bathhouse.The lake was originally called Wiswall’s Pond in the colonial era. It later became known as Baptist Pond because the Newton Center Baptist Church used it for baptisms. The lake was used for ice harvesting in the 19th century and it was later renamed to Crystal Lake.This was done to make the water sound more tempting to customers. Crystal Lake is now a part of Newton’s Parks and Recreation Department’s Community Preservation Program.
The lake area offers various recreational activities including swimming, fishing, boating, and ice skating in the winter. People come herefor peaceful walks around three sides of the lake allowed by shoreline paths and sidewalks allow.
Heartbreak Hill begins at the bottom where Grant Avenue crosses Commonwealth Avenue and ends at the peak of where Hammon Street, Wachusetts and Woodchester meet and cross Commonwealth Avenue.
Heartbreak Hill is situated over 0.4 miles between the Boston Maration’s 20 and 21 mile marks. It is the last of the four Newton hills, which begin at the 16-mile mark. The Heartbreak Hill itself only rises 88 feet vertically.But it “is positioned at a point on a marathon course where muscle glycogen stores are likely depleted– a phenomenon referred to by marathoners as ‘hitting the wall’.” The hill was named as Heartbreak Hill in 1936, when defending champion John A. “Johnny” Kelley overtook Elison “Tarzan” Brown. He gave him a consolatory pat on the shoulder as he passed. This gesture offered the renewed energyto Brown to push further.He then went on to win, thereby it was said to break Kellys heart.
The Boston Marathon bombing is still fresh in everyone’s memory and hearts.Visiting this stretch makes a sense of peaceful remembrance for those who suffered and for those who rallied during that sad time.