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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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A Bit of History As you wander along the trails, paths, and parks that crisscross the towns of Wellesley and Weston, have you ever wondered when or why they were established? Let's take a walk back in time, to the 1880s when Wellesley was newly established and Weston, though already a town, was still mainly a farming community. Horatio Hollis Hunnewell, one of Wellesley's founding fathers and a strong advocate of protecting open space for public use, deeded 10 acres to the town in 1887 for the establishment of a perpetual park, called Hunnewell Park, now Town Hall Park. A keen horticulturist, he laid out the grounds, lawn, driveway, and a lagoon as well as creating an arboretum. Four years later, Charles Welles Hubbard, an avid conservationist and Weston resident, con- veyed 19 acres of land to the town of Weston for the establishment of its first park, Weston Park. The rampant growth of nearby Boston created new wealth and the means to escape the industrial conurbation with its congestion, unsa- vory smells, and seasonal humidity. A mere twelve miles away were the picturesque towns of Weston and Wellesley providing healthful air and large open spaces where grand estates could be built. Although grandeur and creature comforts were important, altruistic citizens were concerned about maintaining open spaces and natural sites for future generations. In the last decade of the 19th century, many organizations were established supporting outdoor leisure activities and recreation. By the summer of 1893 legislation established the Metropolitan Park Commission, which encompassed not just Boston but cities and towns around the metropolitan area including Wellesley and Weston. Riverfront sections of the Charles were purchased for the establish- ment of the Charles River Reservation with the primary purpose to Charles River Path Town Forest 105 summer 2012 | WellesleyWeston Magazine PHO TOS BY ART DONAHUE

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