WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2012

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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All Cemeteries Tell Tales around, a large orchard, and a horse farm nearby. An old cemetery, tombstones mossy and askew, sits behind a stone wall. But that isn't the cemetery we've come to see. Another lies right next to it, and across from that, a third. Curiously, only women and young children are buried in both. Why? It turns out one was the burial grounds for the Massachusetts Reformatory for Women, the other for the Massachusetts Correctional Institute (MCI). When the reformatory opened in 1877, it sought to "reform fallen women and restore their natural qualities of piety and purity. name and goals had changed: it had become a prison. In the Reformatory years, 40 percent of the inmates were charged with lewdness (i.e., sex- ual delinquency), idleness, or stubbornness; 98 " By 1955, both the institute's WellesleyWeston Magazine | fall 2012

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