2015's October Cemetery Tour
Weston Historical Society
Friday, January 8, 2016
Join us for wine and beer, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert at the Parish Hall, First Parish Church.
This special free members-only event will provide opportunity for socializing and informal
Members must be paid-up for the 2015-16 season. An RSVP is required to attend. RSVP by January 4 to firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 343, Weston MA 02493.
Annual Meeting Is In The Books
The Weston Historical Society's annual meeting featured a lecture by Elizabeth Hope Cushing on
Arthur Shurcliff (1870-1957.) Shurcliff’s life and distinguished career has been thoughtfully chronicled
in the recently published biography Arthur A. Shurcliff: Design, Preservation, and the Creation
of the Colonial Williamsburg Landscape (2014) by Hope Cushing.
Weston residents should recognize Shurcliff's name because not only did he design our beloved Town Common, he also served as “town planner” for Weston, on a consulting basis, throughout the 1910s and 20s, guiding a newly created Planning Board in contemplating the future of Weston in the new automobile age. It was Shurcliff who studied the town’s highway system and pointed to the need for a road to remove traffic from the town center, a road now known as the State Road By-Pass; urged the town to adopt zoning measures to protect against haphazard growth; and designed the Chiltern Hundreds subdivision on the south side, a noteworthy example of planned development.
A Weston TimelineFor the 2013 Tercentennial, the Weston Historical Commission has published A Weston Timeline by Pamela W. Fox, a 46-page color illustrated booklet produced in cooperation with the Weston Historical Society.
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