May is Massachusetts DCR Preservation Month.
With 2015 marking the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War, DCR’s theme War and Peace highlights the legacy of war preserved in the Commonwealth’s parks.
Visit www.mass.gov/dcr for a full schedule of events across the state.
Saturday, May 2 12 to 4 p.m.
Dorothy Quincy Homestead Open House
The Dorothy Quincy Homestead is located at the intersection of Hancock Street and Butler Street in Quincy. For more info, visit http://www.nscda.org/ma/quincy_homestead.php
A National Historic Landmark, the Quincy Homestead is significant for its role in early American history, for its architecture, and for its Quincy family association. In addition to the architecture and furnishings, docents share stories of the Quincy family during the colonial era. The tours are free and start every half hour. Donations welcome. In addition, the grounds of the Quincy Homestead
can be visited during daylight hours. This small park, owned and maintained by the DCR, can be accessed through the driveway gate.
Saturday, May 9 12 to 3 p.m.
Doors Open at Bellevue Hill Tower in Stony Brook Reservation
Meet at the Bellevue Hill tower located on Bellevue Hill Road in West Roxbury. Parking is available at the top of the hill. Visithttp://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-boston/stony-brook-reservation.html
The Bellevue Hill Tower was built by the Metropolitan Water Board in 1914-15, one of three vertical ?reservoirs? designed to increase capacity for drinking water in the Boston area. Located atop the highest point in Boston, the 114′ w x 47′ h granite Tower replaced a smaller 1888 tower, both of which were designed to offer scenic views. Bellevue Hill Road and the Tower are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. All ages welcome, but the climb to the top is steep and may not be suitable for small children. Rain cancels. Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority.
Saturday, May 16 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. On-going reception at three sites
In the Footsteps of the First People
Begin at any of the three sites listed below, each within a 3 mile radius or start at DCR Caddy Park located on the southern end of Wollaston Beach along Quincy Shore Drive for a self-directed exploration.
Maps available on site. For more site info visit http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-boston/quincy-shores-reservation.html
Join us for an informal Massachusetts Preservation Month Reception at 3 Native History sites in Quincy:
• DCR Caddy Memorial Park on Quincy Shore Drive
• DCR Moswetuset Hummock on East Squantum Street
• Quincy’s Passanageset Park by 50 Calvin Road (next to Broad Meadows Middle School)
May is Massachusetts Preservation Month! DCR Park staff and volunteers will be on site for drop-in visits to three rich native history sites in Quincy from 10 am to noon. Join Ellen Berkland, DCR Archaeologist, at DCR Caddy Park on the southern end of Wollaston Beach and learn about a collection of rare Native artifacts unearthed at Caddy Park in 1999. Meet Maggi Brown, DCR Park Interpreter at Moswetuset Hummock, the tribal seat of Sac’hem Chickataubut and explore the lifestyles of the first people. The Quincy History Girls, 8th grade students at Broad Meadows Middle School, await you at Passanageset Park, the tribal seat before European contact and learn about this new Quincy park.
Wednesday, May 20 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Mr. Ripley’s Utopia: The Brook Farm Experiment
Meet at DCR Brook Farm Historic Site. The farm is located 1/3 mile west of the VFW Parkway at 670 Baker Street in West Roxbury. Please call 617-646-0578 or register on-line at www.masshist.org/events
Brook Farm, the short-lived utopian community established by George and Sophia Ripley in 1841 became the country’s most celebrated experiment in Transcendentalism as a social movement. Peter Drummey, of the Massachusetts Historical Society will lead a discussion of what Brook Farmers attempted, what they accomplished, and why they failed. The program includes a DCR walking tour of Brook Farm.
Memorial Day Weekend, May 23, 24 and 25 12 to 3:30 p.m.
Fort Independence Tours at Castle Island, South Boston
Castle Island and Fort Independence are located at the end of Day Boulevard in South Boston.
For more info, visit http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/castle.htm
Castle Island is the oldest continuously fortified site in British North America! The first fort on Castle Island was built in 1634 for the coastal defense of Boston. Fort Independence, a pentagonal five-bastioned fort built between 1834 and 1851, is Castle Island’s 8th fort and was built with granite from the quarries in Rockport, MA. Free one hour tours of Fort Independence are sponsored by the Castle Island Association in partnership with the DCR .
Sunday, May 31 12 to 3 p.m.
Doors Open at Norumbega Tower along the Upper Charles River Reservation
Meet at the tower. Park along Norumbega Road near River Road in Weston.
For more information contact DCR?s Office of Cultural Resources at 617-626-1389.
Ever wonder why there is a statue of Leif Ericson on the Commonwealth Mall in Boston? Come climb the Norumbega Tower and learn how in the late 19th century the Boston Brahmins, a paternalistic violinist from Norway, and the baking powder magnate from Harvard University crusaded to discredit Christopher Columbus and his ?founding? of North America in favor of a Norse perspective.
All ages, rain or shine (lightning cancels). Dogs on leash.
Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer! Get the jump on the heat and head to a DCR spray deck near you! For more info, visit www.mass.gov/dcr
Things to know before you go
- All programs are FREE
- Wear sturdy footgear
- Carry drinking water on all hikes
- Dress in layers for maximum comfort
- Programs may be cancelled if the weather creates unsafe conditions
- If weather conditions are questionable, please call the reservation headquarters on the day of the program at 617-333-7404, extension 104.
- Reasonable accommodations available. For questions regarding accessibility, email Maggi.Brown@state.ma.us