Posted by: norstarnewengland | April 13, 2009

Wandering through Natick and Wellesley

In late March, I hit some more of my old favorite locations.

South Natick, a village within the town of Natick, is not only a beautiful, cozy place, it is also has a lot of history that is less well known compared to such things as the Battle of Lexington and Concord.  The center has been identified as the John Eliot Historical District and is on the list of the National Register of Historic Places –  http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM64FE .  The register encompasses many locations including the Indian Burial Grounds – http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM63YM , the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the Eliot Church/first meeting house – http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM63YP and the Bacon Free Library, which chimera ornaments that I had not noticed before http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM63Z7 .  The centerpiece to the village, the South Natick Dam http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM63QW , is a nice place to fish or just sit.  I have been through this village many, many times in my life.  I had my first scout camping trip in this area (the spot isn’t wooded any more).  I took water samples at the dam for a few years for the Acid Rain Monitoring (ARM) Project, many years ago.  I have visited the natural history museum in the basement of the library.

In Natick Center, I posted Casey’s Diner, a well known hot dog stand – http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM642G .  Also, The Natick Center for the Arts is located in the former Central Fire Station on Summer Street http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM64AV .  Also, I have always been fascinated by the story of the great Natick fire of 1874, which wiped out several blocks of downtown Natick – http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM64A0 . This location was one of the earliest places I waymarked, including the awesome mural at the Natick Center T Commuter Rail Station, titled, “Next Stop Natick,” – http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMAF3 .

The final stop for the day was at Wellesley Center, where I posted a few waymarks related to the town hall, including its entry in the National Register of Historic Places – http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM64G3 .  Nearby is the duck pond where my family used to feed the ducks, long ago.

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