WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 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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top: The Wellesley Hills Station today bottom: The Wellesley Hills Station of yesterday The Wellesley Historical Society Walk Series ful side story to tell. Our story would include the widening of the old turnpike, its controversial by-pass of Route 16, the trolley lines that came and went, their replacement by buses, which themselves left— and may come again. Here was the place to start. We divvied up tasks; finally, it felt like the end of the beginning. Joshua Dorin, 30 years old, who grew up in Wellesley, volunteered to document much of what he already knew. Within weeks he sent out a 12-page email of raw material along with a rough route. Trouble was, the town's layout did not conform to a chronological story. Something significant that happened in 1640 might be right next to something that happened in 1938, and, just a ways down the road, events of 1810 and 1898 butted up against each other. How could we possibly tell a coherent story? Three of us, successively, tried to create a story from Dorin's material, but too many cooks were spoiling the broth. We needed a single viewpoint. Peggy Heffernan, a busy mom with endless energy and insight, prodded Dorin to shape his own material. Once he did, it We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 almost seemed as if the streets of Wellesley re-arranged themselves to fit his narrative. Finally, we were on our way. By now, we had been at it for nearly nine months. Our working committee had shrunk to four worker bees — Stedman, Heffernan, Dorin, and me. Additionally, we had the advice and attention of 114

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