Recent Events and Features What’s New October 2020

Coming in mid-November

cover of Farm Town to Suburb

Revised and Expanded Edition of
Farm Town to Suburb

$10 off $75 purchase price for Weston Historical Society members ordering through December 30, using this order form.

The Weston Historical Society is sponsoring the second edition of Pam Fox’s book Farm Town to Suburb: The History and Architecture of Weston, Massachusetts, 1830 to 2020. The 2001 book has been extensively revised. A new 24-page chapter with color photographs brings the book up to date, including recent town history and physical changes like new buildings and town center improvements. The original 30 chapters have been revised to reflect new research, correct errors, and record changes. The 736-page book includes 1075 images, 62 of which are new to this edition. Ten percent of the purchase price will be donated to the historical society.

In 2002, Farm Town to Suburb was awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History.

For additional information and to order and pay online, visit the Love Lane Press website.


photo of Pam Fox

Author and Weston Historical Society president Pam Fox, summer 2019

Fox said of the new edition: “I feel today, as I did when the book was first published, that understanding the town’s history helps build a sense of connection to the community and investment in its future. I hope this new edition will find an audience among new residents and those who have lived in Weston for years without being aware of clues to the past that are all around us.”


Two upcoming Zoom lectures:


“The Surrender of General Burgoyne”, an oil painting by John Trumbull, was completed in 1821 and hangs in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The Battle of Saratoga

A lecture by Robert Lewis

November 19, 7:30 pm

The focus of this year’s Annual Meeting and Lecture will be the decisive American victory at the 1777 Battle of Saratoga, which marked a turning point in the American Revolution. Speaker Robert E. Lewis is a Weston resident who has researched and lectured on this and other Revolutionary War subjects. The Zoom lecture is free but registration is required; please email us to sign up. An email invitation will be sent to registrants during the week prior to the event.

The British strategy was to cut off New England—considered the hotbed of rebellion—from the rest of the colonies. To accomplish this, the Redcoats needed to take upstate New York and control the Hudson River. In the spring of 1777, the British ordered three of their armies to merge in Albany, New York. Only one army, commanded by General John Burgoyne, made it to the meeting point. Additional troops never arrived, and Burgoyne surrendered to American General Horatio Gates in October 1777. The American victory convinced France to enter the conflict, providing troops and financial support that contributed to the American success at Yorktown.

One of the heroes at Saratoga was Benedict Arnold, generally known only for betraying his country later in the war. At Saratoga, Arnold, a general in the Continental Army, led an assault on horseback that helped the Americans win the battle. He severely wounded his leg in the attack. Arnold never felt appreciated by his country and eventually became a traitor.

Robert Lewis is a retired Navy Captain and MITRE engineer. He has lived in Weston since 1980 and is a member of the Weston Historical Society board. Lewis researches and lectures on the American Revolution and is currently preparing a talk on the Siege of Yorktown, the last major land battle of the revolution.

Weston’s Burgoyne Elm: Do We Still Care?

A lecture by Pamela W. Fox

December 3, 7:30 pm

After the battle of Saratoga, the defeated British General John Burgoyne and his troops were escorted to Cambridge along what is now Boston Post Road. In later years, a massive elm next to the Fiske Law Office became known as “The Burgoyne Elm,” to commemorate this moment in Weston’s Revolutionary War history. On December 3, Pamela W. Fox, president of the Weston Historical Society, will present a Zoom lecture on 1960s and 1970s efforts to save the venerable but dying elm and to fashion commemorative items from the wood.

The lecture is free but registration is required; again, please email us to sign up. An email invitation will be sent to registrants during the week prior to the event.

Below are photographs of the elm as it was reduced in size over the years. More about the Burgoyne Elm can be found in the Weston Historical Society Bulletin, Spring 2009:25 and in the current featured video, a Weston Chronicle program on the Burgoyne Elm produced by Weston Media Center.