WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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300 Pieces of Weston Trivia PART ONE PA M E L A W. F OX writer as part of the Weston300 celebration, I was asked to write an article called "300 pieces of Weston trivia." Trivia – that means "insignificant details, inessential trifles." To adhere P H OTO S C O U RT E S Y O F WESTON HISTORICAL SO CIETY strictly to the definition, I needed 300 items "of little importance or value." But I am a historian and this is my chance to present Weston history in a way that I hope will have importance and value. Rather than "trivial," I prefer the words "interesting," "quirky," "amusing," "thought-provoking," "attention-getting," and "fun." These are random bits of knowledge; but because they are in roughly chronological order, reading through them will provide a basic understanding of how the town developed over its 300+ year history. We will present the first 150 items in this issue and the second 150 in the summer issue. In some cases, the information is not trivial but rather very basic, for example, let's start with #1. 1. Weston was originally part of Watertown. 5. Not until about 1673 did farmers begin to tant and well-traveled roads in the country. The first Depending on how you look at it, Weston is cele- take up residence. On Sundays they had to travel post rider chose this route in 1673. The journey brating its 383rd birthday this year. nearly seven miles from The Farms to the took a month. Watertown church. 2. In 1630, Sir Richard Saltonstall led a company up the Charles River to establish the Watertown 6. Church attendance was mandatory. settlement. He returned to England the following 10. Thomas Woolson had the first license to operate a tavern in Weston, in 1686. It appears that the previous year he was convicted "of selling We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 3. What is now Weston was called The Farms. 7. The first mill in Weston was a grist mill at Stony strong drink without license…and fined twenty Brook near what is now the Waltham town line, year and never returned. shillings or to sett one hour in the stocks and to built in 1679. pay costs of eight shillings." The land was divided into allotments and used for 4. The original pattern of diagonal boundary lines, 8. There were no Indian settlements within the 11. When there were enough settlers, the bounds of Weston. The land was probably used grazing cattle. "Farmers' Precinct" was set off with its own as hunting grounds. church, in 1698. This church is now known as known as squadron lines, is still evident in the First Parish. The farmers built a crude 30-foot- sharp bends of early roads like Love Lane and square "Farmers' Meeting House" finally finished Chestnut Street. 56 9. The upper "post road" through Weston to New York was, for many years, one of the most impor- years later.

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