WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

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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110 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 How the Wellesley Club Shaped Wellesley The town's first and oldest club celebrates its 125th birthday B E T H H I N C H L I F F E w r i t e r in 1889, the new town of Wellesley was experiencing an eight-year-old's growing pains. For over 200 years it had been a sparsely populated farming village known as West Needham. But then in the mid-19th century the railroad roared into town, bringing with it successful Boston bankers and lawyers who built their mansions and moved their families here. These first commuters also wanted the power to create their own prosperous and pretty suburb, so in 1881 they led a bitter and divisive, if eventually triumphant, fight to gain their independence from their mother town of Needham. But while the new town leaders now struggled to bring the best of current life to the infant Wellesley, they also struggled with each other. It was an identity crisis that pitted not just farmer vs. businessman, but more importantly neighborhood vs. neighborhood. The three main areas

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