As for a history of Newton, MA we begin when it was settled in 1630 as part of “the newe towne” later to be renamed Cambridge and then Cambridge Village, once again Newtown, and finally Newton. Famously the home of Stanley Moter Carriage Company, maker of Stanley Steamer, Newton is one of America’s earliest commuter suburbs. Early industries were cited here to take advantage of the water supplies readily available at Newton Upper and Lower Falls. In its infancy, an American minister convinced the natives to leave for a neighboring reservation, making room for American colonization.
One of America’s earliest railroads reached West Newton in 1834, which led to the building of plantation homes on farmland nearby for wealthy businessmen. Later, more and more homes were built as the railway branched off into streetcars and the automobile became available to the more affluent.
Newton is also famous for the Jackson Homestead, which famously served as a station for the Underground Railroad, originally settled and built by Edward Jackson, a nail maker and proclaimed Freeman in 1645, had a son named Sebas who he turned the estate over to, Jackson Homestead is now known as the Jackson Homestead and Museum, which is now part of Historic Newton and houses the Newton History Museum.
Newton, MA Historic Libraries
Newton has several historic libraries, like The West Newton Social Library, which was frequented by William Jackson, a descendant of Edward Jackson, is said to have started with just one hundred and sixty-five books, and patrons would pay 3 dollars and 25 cents a year just to check out one book. Jackson later went on to establish the Adelphian Library, for which he effectively begged, borrowed and stole to be able to establish. Jackson was adamant about the importance of reading and promoting literacy and went on to create the Newton free library system, with the heart of promoting literacy to all in mind.
The Boston Marathon
The Boston Marathon runs through Newton, MA and is one of the most highly attended and popular sporting events in New England. The Newton hills are known to be highly challenging to the runners of the Boston Marathon. Heartbreak Hill, as it is best known, is said to force most runners to a walking pace – quite the challenge indeed.
Newton’s First Mayor: A Remarkable Man
John F.C. Hyde born 1825 took office in 1873. As the first to be elected Mayor, he worked very hard to enact many benefits to the city including the best ethical guidelines to the commerce of the city. Hyde supported the designing and erecting of a new public high school, a funding surplus to the department of highway safety and motor vehicles, funding investigations into the proposal for a new public water supply, the remodeling of the town hall, and an upgrade to the street lighting network. Newton’s first mayor was a remarkable man in all that he strived to do for the city and its inhabitants.
Newton may be a smaller city, but it’s rich history and heritage are a delight to all who visit or who may visit in the future.