WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2012/2013

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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Tercentennial Exhibition Golf Bag & Clubs owned by William H. Coburn William H. Coburn, a founding member of Weston Golf Club. Coburn family cow pastures on Church Street were part of the original nine-hole course constructed in 1894. Weston Golf Club is one of the oldest in the country. A professional objects conservator, Nina Vinogradskaya, tackled rusty metal scales from Cutting's landmark general store and a nine-foot-wide blacksmith shop sign. She instructed historical society volunteers in the proper way to vacuum artifacts using a special HEPA filter, or to clean them inch by inch with moistened Q-tips. The "Farmers' Precinct" is what Weston was called in 1698, when the first settlers in this westernmost part of Watertown petitioned to form their own church, now known as First Parish. In civil matters, Weston remained part of Watertown until its incorporation in January 1713. By the late 18th century, Weston had six one-room schoolhouses, known as "district schools," two on the north side, two in the center, and two on the south side. This arrangement continued for a century, although the buildings themselves were all replaced in the early 1850s. The society's photograph collection includes delightful images of children at district schools and at the centralized schools that gradu- ally took their place. A highlight of the exhibition will be examples of needlework probably produced by young ladies at private academies, about which little is known. Students produced samplers and "family registers" recording birth dates of family members. The Livermore Family Register displayed in the exhibition is a particularly handsome 98 example. Also on display will be student primers showing examples of meticulous penmanship. One basic question to be addressed is: How did residents earn a liv- ing over the centuries? For much of Weston's history, the answer was agriculture. Along the way, many farmers developed specialties in per- 20th Century Milk Bottles from Weston Dairies WellesleyWeston Magazine | winter 2012/2013 COURTESY OF THE WESTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY / M AR Y GREGOR Y

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