Category Archives: History

Wellesley Historical Society walks: The Rise & Fall of Industry in Lower Falls

The Wellesley Historical Society presents: The Rise and Fall of Industry in Lower Falls  Saturday, November 1, 9:30 A.M. 
and Thursday, November 13 at 9:30 A.M.  Tour meets at the rear of Starbucks, 2322 Washington Street, Newton Lower Falls. This is a 90-minute, one-mile guided historic walk, recommended for adults and interested teens. For more […]

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“Ether Dome” play recalls famed Wellesley dentist

Huntington Theatre Co’s new “Ether Dome” play, which recalls the early days of medical pain relief, has a solid Wellesley angle. It tells the story of Wellesley dentist William TG Morton, who took part in the first public demonstration of ether used as a surgical anesthetic in 1864and wound up being quite the controversial figure. […]

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New Wellesley Eagle Scout inspired by family’s military history

Here’s an early Veterans Day story with a local angle: 15-year-old Wellesley resident Max Morelli is being honored this month as a new Eagle Scout, a recognition earned in part through a service project that involved interviewing 10 military veterans. The veterans’ stories were captured on video and have been archived as part of the Veterans […]

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Wellesley Historical Society’s golf tournament Oct. 6

For anyone who has ever wanted to play golf at Nehoiden Golf Club at Wellesley College, an opportunity has just arrived. On Monday morning, October 6, the Wellesley Historical Society will be holding its 2014 Golf Tournament, which is open to the public for a contribution of $50 per player.  The fee includes  a continental […]

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Wellesley Historical Society dinner, golf tourney on tap

The Wellesley Historical Society will hold its annual dinner on September 28 at Weston’s Golden Ball Tavern, which was built in 1768. There will be tours of the tavern, the event will pay tribute to the Wellesley Police Department, and Chief Terrence Cunningham will be the guest of honor. Ten percent of proceeds from fundraising […]

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Not to be overshadowed by the Belclare Wellesley: The Rotunda Building

One result of The Belclare luxury condo/retail building going up on Washington Street in Wellesley is that The Rotunda Building next door is suddenly looking a lot smaller. For those of you who have never stepped foot inside, here are a few photos. The Grove Street/Washington Street brick building, also known as the Morton Block, […]

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New Wellesley mini golf course not the first in town’s history by a long shot

The new Glowgolf that opened this week in Linden Square is the only public miniature golf course in town, but Wellesley actually has a rich history of mini golf courses over the years, starting in the 1930s. (The town also has a rich history in full-fledged golf, with Nehoiden’s start going back to the 1890s.) […]

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Proud of their Wellesley historic home plaque

To The Editor We were very pleased to receive a plaque from the Wellesley Historical Commission for our house at 75 Abbott Road (plaque is on the right front of house). We have lived there for over 35 years and appreciate being able to attach a plaque which honors this wonderful house. Built in 1901 by Elizabeth […]

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Name that Wellesley High School house

Wellesley High School, which under new principal Jamie Chisum is reorganizing into a  house system to better align administrators with students, is reaching out to the school community to name its houses. The school has relied on the Wellesley Historical Society‘s resources and the contributions of Wellesley History blogger Joshua Dorin to come up with […]

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Here’s the deal with that Belvedere Abbott Road sign

The slow news days of summer are good for little Wellesley history lessons. Ever wondered about that nice wooden Belvedere Abbott Road sign at the corner of Abbott Road and Washington St. in Wellesley Hills? Wellesley’s Tory DeFazio explains: The Belvedere-Abbott Road sign was originally designed and placed at the entrance of Abbott Road in […]

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