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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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journeys bon voyage trekking getaways escapes travel near and far excursions Summer in the City Exploring East Boston L I S A L E S L I E H E N D E R S O N writer if you have not been to East Boston (EB) recently, it's time to go. This urban neighborhood offers a vibrant art scene, eateries from around the globe, and a natural coastline to explore by foot, bike, or boat. The waterfront neighborhood has a rich history — it's a story of high hopes, achievement, conflicting interests, rapid growth, decline, and gentrification — and it has spectacular views of Boston. Two hundred years ago, five islands located just outside of Boston Harbor comprised EB. Native Americans hunted and fished the islands' orchards, meadows, and salt marshes, and Baptists secretly worshiped on them to avoid persecution by intolerant Puritans. The city of Boston officially annexed all five islands in 1636, but they remained undeveloped until 1833, when General William Sumner, then owner of Noddle's Island, the largest of the five, formed the East Boston Company (EBC) to proactively develop EB. Boston had become the premiere shipping and trade port in North America and was bursting at the seams. Wealthy Bostonians A view of the Boston skyline from East Boston. B E T H F U R M A N 174 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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