Event: Landscape Legacy of Chestnut Hill on July 16

landscape legacy flyer

The Massachusetts DCR and the Waterworks museum are hosting a scenic stroll entitled “the Landscape Legacy of Chestnut Hill” on Wednesday, July 16th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Learn more about the design history of the Chestnut Hill Reservior, and learn more about current preservation efforts. For more information, visit the Waterworks museum website or download the flyer here.


Special Invitation: New film about Chestnut Hill Waterworks

September 11, 2013

7:00 pm.  


The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum will screen “Big Buildings, Big Machines, Big Stories,” a new ​12-minute ​film that celebrates the architects and engineers who built Boston’s first public water system and the grassroots group who preserved its legacy. Tour the Museum​ and​ meet the filmmakers, NewTV colleagues Ellie Goldberg and Laura McCarthy Johnson​. Light refreshments will be served. The Museum is at 2450 Beacon Street across from the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Tickets: $5. Please RSVP 617-277-0065 orinfo@waterworksmuseum.org.


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Historic Newton Walk in Chestnut Hill

Sunday, August 25th


HISTORIC NEWTON WALKS: Four Centuries on Chestnut Hill

http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs129/1101644227656/img/371.jpgOriginally settled by the Hammond family in 1655, the Newton portion of Chestnut Hill has flourished over four centuries. With the introduction of railways nearby in the 1850s, what had been a remote and undeveloped area grew rapidly, due in part to the formation of the “Essex Colony” by prominent North Shore families. In the early 1900s, Chestnut Hill changed dramatically as farmland was divided for estates and Boston College broke ground on their new campus. Join local resident Amy Grier for a look at this corner of Newton that still retains a feel of its rural past. Park and meet in the lot at the Chestnut Hill School, 428 Hammond St. Free.

Waterworks Museum to hold Family Day, Sept. 15

The Waterworks museum in Chestnut Hill will hold “family day” on Saturday September 15, featuring scavenger hunts, Museum tours, story time, Waterworks Jeopardy, and hands-on projects. The event will run from 11am to 3pm. For more information visit the Waterworks Museum website.

Hammond Pond: history, ecology, and current threats

On Sunday, July 8, Historic Newton is sponsoring a walk around Hammond Pond with Boston University Professor of Plant Ecology Richard Primack

Hammond Pond and Woods: History, Ecology and Current Threats

Have you always wondered about how the forest and pond tucked in behind the Chestnut Hill Mall came to be what it is today?  Boston University Professor of Plant Ecology Richard Primack has been navigating the Hammond Woods since he was a child, and has dedicated part of his career to studying the history and ecology of this unique piece of woodland.  Follow him as he leads you to out-of-the-way spots (the hemlock grove, the old cranberry bog, and Houghton’s Garden) and tells many stories of this area, linking botanical observations to current concerns with climate change and conservation. Meet in the parking area by Hammond Pond, off Hammond Pond Parkway near its intersection with Route 9.  Free.

Hammond Pond: History and Proposed Changes

We have recently reported on proposed changes at Hammond Pond and the public permitting process for implementing any changes. The Mass. Dept. of Recreation and Conservation’s presentation on Hammond Pond is still available for viewing here.

Also, as mentioned in our newsletter, a detailed history and summary of the Pond, its surroundings, and environmental profile is available here if you are interested in more background.

We will attempt to keep the community informed as the process moves forward.