Historic Newton

Historic Newton Historic Newton tells the story of Newton's people and places as part of American history, from the 17th century to the current Garden City.

The Jackson Homestead and Museum is located at 527 Washington Street Newton, MA 02458 617-796-1450 Open Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds is located at 286 Waverley Avenue Newton, MA 02458 617-641-9142 Open Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For this week's Storytime at the Museums, bring children ages 0-3 (siblings welcome) for a story and a related activity ...
07/11/2019

For this week's Storytime at the Museums, bring children ages 0-3 (siblings welcome) for a story and a related activity about summer on Saturday, July 13 and Wednesday, July 17. Information here: www.newtonma.gov/Story

Cucumbers in progress at Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds. The plants are thriving in the hot weather. Stop inside the m...
07/08/2019

Cucumbers in progress at Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds. The plants are thriving in the hot weather. Stop inside the museum Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Share your ideas about how #NewtonMa should use Its Community Preservation Act Funds! In the past, money has been awarde...
07/08/2019

Share your ideas about how #NewtonMa should use Its Community Preservation Act Funds! In the past, money has been awarded to projects at the #JacksonHomestead and #DurantKenrick House among many others. What would you like to see in the future? http://ow.ly/lify50uHo5a.

Share your ideas about how Newton should use Its Community Preservation Act Funds! In the past, funds have been awarded ...
07/08/2019

Share your ideas about how Newton should use Its Community Preservation Act Funds! In the past, funds have been awarded to projects at the Jackson Homestead and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds and other historic resources as well as affordable housing, open space and recreation land. What would you like to see the funds support in the future? The new community survey has only eight questions and can be completed in about six minutes. Go to the program's home page, http://ow.ly/5LWB50uHo5b, or click on this direct link: http://ow.ly/lify50uHo5a.

Learn about the history of Oak Hill Park, built in the late 1940s to house and honor World War II veterans, at our walki...
07/07/2019

Learn about the history of Oak Hill Park, built in the late 1940s to house and honor World War II veterans, at our walking tour on Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. http://ow.ly/P5am50uNIp6

Happy July 4th! During the 19th century, Newton's Independence Day celebrations were held in Auburndale and at Crystal L...
07/04/2019

Happy July 4th! During the 19th century, Newton's Independence Day celebrations were held in Auburndale and at Crystal Lake. While masked revelers paraded elsewhere in town, this very formal family gathered in West Newton during the late 19th century.

Lucy Jackson grew up in Newton and lived in the town during the American Revolution, caring for her four children and te...
07/03/2019

Lucy Jackson grew up in Newton and lived in the town during the American Revolution, caring for her four children and tending to her farm by herself, having been widowed as a young woman. In her honor, the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution National Headquarters bears her name. This building on Washington Street in Newton Lower Falls once housed a museum for the D.A.R.

As Independence Day approaches, many communities around Boston are hosting public readings of the Fourth of July speech ...
06/26/2019
Reading Frederick Douglass Together - Mass Humanities

As Independence Day approaches, many communities around Boston are hosting public readings of the Fourth of July speech that Frederick Douglass originally delivered in 1852. Mass Humanities coordinates events. The speech is fiery, challenging, and still inspiring.

What is it? Mass Humanities coordinates annual public readings of Frederick Douglass’s famous Fourth of July address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” with communities and organizations around the state. A group of people take turns reading parts of the speech until they have read al...

On Tuesday, June 25th, the Women's Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts, Inc. Massachusetts is holding a suff...
06/21/2019

On Tuesday, June 25th, the Women's Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts, Inc. Massachusetts is holding a suffrage centennial celebration at Faneuil Hall in Boston. The Newton Equal Suffrage League in the late 19th and early 20th centuries hosted speakers, held events, and distributed petitions, all to advance the cause of the right of women to vote. This pin comes from our collection. http://ow.ly/1TqG50uJhhs

An October 1976 article in the Newton Times marveled at rising Newton housing prices. The average sale price was $53,000...
06/20/2019

An October 1976 article in the Newton Times marveled at rising Newton housing prices. The average sale price was $53,000, though some homes sold for the princely sum of $80,000. Compare that to the present day, when homes often sell for over a million, but some things haven't changed. A realtor in 1976 predicted that the demand for Newton homes would continue as long as a "sensible tax balance is maintained and the school structure is kept."

Happy Juneteenth! Today marks the day in 1865 that Union soldiers arrived at the last bastion of the Confederacy to anno...
06/19/2019

Happy Juneteenth! Today marks the day in 1865 that Union soldiers arrived at the last bastion of the Confederacy to announce that slavery had ended. The holiday now celebrates freedom and African American achievement. A worthy person to remember today is Joseph Lee, born enslaved in South Carolina. After the Civil War, he came to Boston. His career as a chef, caterer, and owner of the Woodland Park Hotel in Newton put him on the list of Newton's richest men in 1886. He also invented a machine for kneading bread dough and another for making bread crumbs. He is now listed in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Construction has been underway for quite a while at the corner of Walnut and Washington Streets. Here's a photo from the...
06/17/2019

Construction has been underway for quite a while at the corner of Walnut and Washington Streets. Here's a photo from the early twentieth century showing the block as it appeared then, and a recent photo of the current construction. #thenandnow

Kindness is the theme of Storytime at the Museums this Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds. ...
06/17/2019

Kindness is the theme of Storytime at the Museums this Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds. Children ages 0-3 and their families (including older siblings) or caregivers are invited to hear an story and make a craft. See the complete schedule www.newtonma.gov/story

On June 15, Cabot's Ice Cream celebrates 50 years of serving ice cream in Newton. Along with doling out parfaits, sundae...
06/14/2019

On June 15, Cabot's Ice Cream celebrates 50 years of serving ice cream in Newton. Along with doling out parfaits, sundaes, and hot fudge at their Newtonville restaurant, they also donate ice cream to community events including Historic Newton's Hayfest, held each fall. The June 15 ice cream social party will be held at Cabot's from 12-4.

Newton Centre's Crystal Lake has a long history of recreation, dating back to the 19th century. Celebrate the opening of...
06/13/2019

Newton Centre's Crystal Lake has a long history of recreation, dating back to the 19th century. Celebrate the opening of this year's swim season on June 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a special performance around the lake with puppets, musicians, and a procession. http://ow.ly/iRZB50uzibV

Learn about the fruits that once grew near what is now Waverley Avenue and how 19th century horticulturalist William Ken...
06/10/2019

Learn about the fruits that once grew near what is now Waverley Avenue and how 19th century horticulturalist William Kenrick became the "Fallen Baron of Farlow Hill" at our walking tour Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30 pm. Sign up in advance or come to the start of the tour at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds. www.newtonma.gov/HNWalks

As Boston Pride prepares for the Pride Parade on June 8, we remember that Barney Frank, former longtime U.S. Representat...
06/07/2019

As Boston Pride prepares for the Pride Parade on June 8, we remember that Barney Frank, former longtime U.S. Representative from Newton, was in the vanguard of openly gay elected officials when he publicly came out in 1987. This photo shows him with Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the Boston Pride Parade in 2012. Boston’s first official Pride March took place in 1971. What are your memories of attending a Pride March or Parade? #pridemonth

Children at the playground in Newton Lower Falls in 1928, the site of the old Hamilton School and now the Lower Falls Co...
06/05/2019

Children at the playground in Newton Lower Falls in 1928, the site of the old Hamilton School and now the Lower Falls Community Center.

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the bombing of the Newtonville home of state Representative Leland Powers. “The...
06/04/2019

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the bombing of the Newtonville home of state Representative Leland Powers. “The entire city was startled and the residents in the vicinity of Grove Hill, Newtonville were badly frightened…by a loud explosion,” read an account in the Newton Graphic published on June 6, 1919. Powers was not injured by the bomb but it did cause massive property damage, including the destruction of a large wall at his home at 66 Beaumont Avenue. The bomb was one of eight detonated across the country by anarchist groups on June 2, 1919. Powers had endorsed the deportation of immigrants suspected of seditious activity, which made him a prime target. Among the anarchists active in Boston were Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, famously sentenced to death in 1921 for allegedly murdering two people during a bank robbery. One of their associates, Carlo Valdinoci, who lived in Newton for a time, is believed to have been the June 2 activist who died when his bomb prematurely exploded outside the U.S. Attorney General’s house in Washington, D.C.

It's columbine season in the gardens at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds! Admission to both our museums is free on S...
05/31/2019

It's columbine season in the gardens at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds! Admission to both our museums is free on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

Join us on June 1 or 5 for a “garden” themed story time.  Kids will get to make a craft to take home with them. Find out...
05/30/2019

Join us on June 1 or 5 for a “garden” themed story time. Kids will get to make a craft to take home with them. Find out more http://ow.ly/7QnP50ursPb. #StorytimeAtTheMuseums

Join us on June 19th at 7:30 PM for a lecture at the Durant-Kenrick House by Seth Blumenthal, author of Children of the ...
05/29/2019

Join us on June 19th at 7:30 PM for a lecture at the Durant-Kenrick House by Seth Blumenthal, author of Children of the Silent Majorirty. Blumenthal will discuss the importance of young voters to the Nixon and Reagan campaigns, and the evolution of the Republican party's base.

Memorial Day began as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Civil War. It became a national holiday in 1971 to ...
05/27/2019

Memorial Day began as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Civil War. It became a national holiday in 1971 to honor men and women who sacrificed their lives in all military conflicts. In 1864, NEWTON CEMETERY dedicated its Newton Soldiers' Monument listing the names of Newton service members who died in the Civil War. The monument is still standing and was rededicated in 2014.

"None But the Best" tells the remarkable story of "The Youth's Companion" publisher Daniel Sharp Ford. Based in Boston, ...
05/23/2019

"None But the Best" tells the remarkable story of "The Youth's Companion" publisher Daniel Sharp Ford. Based in Boston, Ford quietly used his wealth to help thousands of disadvantaged people during the turbulent post Civil War / Gilded Age years. Don't miss this performance by In Good Company on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds. Tickets are available now. http://ow.ly/JrGV50umKjF

Our "Crossing Borders" series this spring tells more about  shared history in the bordering communities of Newton, Needh...
05/20/2019

Our "Crossing Borders" series this spring tells more about shared history in the bordering communities of Newton, Needham, Natick, and Wellesley. Sponsored by the Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation. https://needhamhistory.org/crossing-borders/

It's not too late to buy tickets to the Newton House tour today (Sunday, May 19). The rain is supposed to stop but no ma...
05/19/2019

It's not too late to buy tickets to the Newton House tour today (Sunday, May 19). The rain is supposed to stop but no matter what, all seven houses on the tour are open from noon to 5 p.m. Stop by the Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue.

Still making weekend plans? Don't miss your chance to look inside beautifully renovated historic homes during the Newton...
05/16/2019

Still making weekend plans? Don't miss your chance to look inside beautifully renovated historic homes during the Newton House Tour on Sunday, May 19 from noon to 5 p.m. Buy tickets before midnight on Saturday, May 18 and save money. Prices go up on House Tour day. Thanks to lead sponsor The Village Bank, We're also proud to be part of the Newton Festival of the Arts .
http://ow.ly/wSBJ50ueYmX

Join us on May 18 or 22 for a free #story time with the theme “happy." #Kids will get to make a craft to take home with ...
05/15/2019

Join us on May 18 or 22 for a free #story time with the theme “happy." #Kids will get to make a craft to take home with them. Find out more http://ow.ly/E0QA50u6WJ2. #StorytimeAtTheMuseums

We recently enjoyed showing students at Rec Place Afterschool  historic sites in Newton Lower Falls, including the Charl...
05/14/2019

We recently enjoyed showing students at Rec Place Afterschool historic sites in Newton Lower Falls, including the Charles River dams once used to power the area's mills.

Happy Mother's Day! This mom from the 19th century is advertising the wonders of a "pretty range." It's part of the coll...
05/12/2019

Happy Mother's Day! This mom from the 19th century is advertising the wonders of a "pretty range." It's part of the collection of trade cards in our archives. #MothersDay #FromTheArchives

For #TeacherAppreciationWeek, props to the educators at Historic Newton, who lead engaging history programs for students...
05/10/2019

For #TeacherAppreciationWeek, props to the educators at Historic Newton, who lead engaging history programs for students. "Colonial Survival & Civility" recently took place at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds. Want to book a program? http://ow.ly/zslY50u6X7R

Thanks to HUB History for interviewing us about the upcoming events in our "Crossing Borders" series with Needham Histor...
05/06/2019

Thanks to HUB History for interviewing us about the upcoming events in our "Crossing Borders" series with Needham History Center and Museum, Natick Historical Society, and Wellesley Historical Society sponsored by the Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation. See the full schedule here. https://bit.ly/2H2WHol Listen to the interview here http://HUBhistory.com/131

Less than two hours left for our Meet the Makers event!Come meet Emily Williams and admire her  beautiful crafts!
05/05/2019

Less than two hours left for our Meet the Makers event!

Come meet Emily Williams and admire her beautiful crafts!

Come meet Marsha Firestone and Mei-Yu Hsu to see their beautifully designed jewelry! They're at The Durant-Kenrick House...
05/05/2019

Come meet Marsha Firestone and Mei-Yu Hsu to see their beautifully designed jewelry!

They're at The Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds until 4pm.

Come meet local authors at our book signing until 3pm today.Authors at The Jackson Homestead include: Emily Sper, Lorenz...
05/05/2019

Come meet local authors at our book signing until 3pm today.

Authors at The Jackson Homestead include: Emily Sper, Lorenz Finison, Beryl Gilfix, Joseph Rosenbloom

Authors at The Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds include: Robin Stein, Gloria Gavris, Barbara Berenson

Come meet Jessica Steytler and see her beautiful silk scarves and creations! She's at The Durant-Kenrick House and Groun...
05/05/2019

Come meet Jessica Steytler and see her beautiful silk scarves and creations!

She's at The Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds until 4pm.

Come meet Emily Sper and have a look at her fantastic books and illustrations!She's at The Jackson Homestead until 4pm t...
05/05/2019

Come meet Emily Sper and have a look at her fantastic books and illustrations!

She's at The Jackson Homestead until 4pm today.

Come meet Megan Hergrueter and marvel at her beautiful ceramic creations!She's at the Jackson Homestead until 4pm today
05/05/2019

Come meet Megan Hergrueter and marvel at her beautiful ceramic creations!

She's at the Jackson Homestead until 4pm today

05/05/2019

Support local and enjoy a free visit to our fantastic Museums!
Meet the Makers occurring today (May 5th) at The Jackson Homestead and The Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds until 4pm.

Need some inspiration for a Mothers Day gift? We have some fabulous Makers at the Jackson Homestead and The Durant-Kenri...
05/05/2019

Need some inspiration for a Mothers Day gift? We have some fabulous Makers at the Jackson Homestead and The Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds!

05/05/2019

Escape the dreary weather and come Meet the Makers!
Occurring today (May 5th) at The Jackson Homestead and The Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds until 4pm

Find a gift for Mother's Day, graduation, or any occasion and support local artists and authors by stopping by our "Meet...
05/05/2019

Find a gift for Mother's Day, graduation, or any occasion and support local artists and authors by stopping by our "Meet the Makers" event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds and the Jackson Homestead. Admission is free to both museums all day, too! All participants are listed here. http://ow.ly/vlgK50tX14y

Join us on May 4 or 8 for a “spring” themed #storytime. Kids will get to make a craft to take home with them. Find out m...
05/03/2019

Join us on May 4 or 8 for a “spring” themed #storytime. Kids will get to make a craft to take home with them. Find out more at http://ow.ly/1XuH50tX04t. #StorytimeAtTheMuseums

Every May Day, cultural institutions including Historic Newton take stock of their emergency preparedness plans. Last ye...
05/01/2019

Every May Day, cultural institutions including Historic Newton take stock of their emergency preparedness plans. Last year, we sent staff members to special workshops to complete a major revision and update to our plan. We also collaborated with representatives from the Newton Fire Department and the Newton Police Department to develop a comprehensive plan that covers both Historic Newton museums. Our staff attend yearly training workshops that cover how to respond to a variety of emergencies. We hope we never need to use this training but it’s an important part of stewarding the historic collections and buildings that we oversee.

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527 Washington St
Newton, MA
02458

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Wednesday 11:00 - 17:00
Thursday 11:00 - 17:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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(617) 796-1450

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