On Tuesday, Oct. 4 starting at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Crane Public Library (40 Washington St., Quincy) Houghs Neck residents Patti Williams and Peter Sault will present an illustrated talk on the history of Houghs Neck from 1614 to 1910 using maps as the focal point.
Learn about the original land grand holders, including Atherton Hough; see how the Neck evolved into a series of farms; and learn about the real estate development as the need for subsistence farms had passed permitting people to live on smaller lots and closer together. See maps from a variety of sources including the Thomas Crane Public Library, the Quincy historical society and the Norfolk Registry of Deeds.
This presentation is partnered with a walking tour of Houghs Neck on Saturday, Oct. 8. All are invited to join Patti and Peter for a walk in Houghs Neck where you will view the beautiful salt marshes, walk along parts of the first road into Houghs Neck laid out in 1652 as well as sections of the last farm sold in the early 1900s to make way for the Atherton Hough School, and learn about some of the early residents of the neck.
Park in the Lebreque Field parking lot located at the intersection of Sea and Darrow Streets. The walking tour will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. f it rains meet Sunday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.
The program is sponsored by the Quincy Park Department Environmental Treasures program.
The Christmas Festival Committee announces the Christmas Parade Theme Contest is now underway.
The Committee is seeking public nominations for the theme of this year’s parade which will be held on Sunday, Nov. 27.
The parade theme plays a significant role in float preparation for the annual event and is an important step in planning of each year’s parade.
The contest is open to everyone, and the winner will receive a gift and be invited to ride in a convertible in the parade on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
All entries must be received no later than Friday, Sept. 30th.
Entries should be mailed to Christmas Festival Committee, One Merrymount Parkway, Quincy, MA 02170.