Join me and several other talented Boston By Foot walking tour guides as we lead a special Tour of the Month of Roxbury Highlands. The tour begins at 2 pm on Sunday, June 26 at Roxbury Crossing station on the MBTA Orange Line.
We start in the Stony Brook valley and work our way uphill and through history to the top of Fort Hill, passing through Roxbury’s colonial town center at Eliot Square along the way. Learn how Roxbury went from early colonial settlement to strategic military location to bucolic suburb to immigration destination to one of Boston’s densest neighborhoods. See Roxbury Highlands continue to transform with ongoing restoration and new construction.
The full description of the tour is on the Boston By Foot website where you can also pre-order tickets!
The Roxbury Highlands tour explores a remarkable neighborhood. Our tour travels through the center of colonial Roxbury: Eliot Square, where the First Church proudly stands as the oldest wooden church in Boston. The Highlands flourished in the mid-19th century as a garden suburb with many pear and apple orchards. There was even an apple named after the area – the Roxbury Russet. We will see wonderful Greek Revival and Victorian houses along our route and discuss some of the amazing individuals who called this area home including Edward Everett Hale – author of The Man Without a Country, and Louis Prang – who printed the first Christmas cards in America. Finally, we finish on top of the hill at the Roxbury Standpipe, in a lovely park which occupies the location of the Roxbury High Fort. Come explore with us!
More photos from the 2007 tour to whet your whistle for Sunday.
Here’s a current list of my Boston By Foot tours for the 2016 season:
June 26: Roxbury Highlands – 2pm
July 2: Historic Waterfront – 2pm
July 3: A Son of Boston: Benjamin Franklin – 3pm
July 4: Heart of the Freedom Trail – 11am
July 7: The Dark Side of Boston – 6pm
July 14: The Dark Side of Boston – 6pm
July 15: Heart of the Freedom Trail – 11am
July 21: Jamaica Plain – 6pm
July 28: The Dark Side of Boston – 6pm
August 4: The Dark Side of Boston – 6pm
August 11: The Dark Side of Boston – 6pm
August 18: The Dark Side of Boston – 6pm
August 25: The Dark Side of Boston – 6pm
August 26: Heart of the Freedom Trail – 11am
August 26: Road to Revolution – 1pm