Massachusetts has a variety of towns and trails that offer to reconnect people with the world around them. Walking tours in our region offer a slower pace to appreciate tidbits of history, flora, fauna, architecture, animals, and even other people that we too often overlook.
This spring and summer, locals have several walking tours to choose from, like one that features the Old North Bridge in Concord seen in this picture. Here are some finds of walking tours in the MetroWest. Next
Joel Andrews, Concord Guides director, tells stories about Concord's writers at Authors Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery .
Tour participants will explore well-known historic landmarks such as Monument Square, Hill Burying Ground, the so-called “American Mile” (comprised of original houses from the 1600s and 1700s), North Bridge (which may or may not have been the site of the “shot heard round the world,” a contentious discussion among historians), and Authors Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where Thoreau, Emerson, Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and their respective family members are all buried in close proximity. Next
“Many people love to hear about the stories of the town they live in,” said Julie Nardone, chair of the Ashland Historical Commission, which is offering a historical economic walking tour on May 18 focusing on he town’s once vibrant economy and downtown.
The walking tour explains the importance of water to Ashland’s early economy, the arrival of the train in town, its lost Greek Revival and Victorian hotels, churches, and office buildings, and the formerly booming Tilton’s Boot and Shoe Factory.
Not to miss is the Stone’s Public House (pictured here), an allegedly haunted place that’s been showcased on several paranormal shows. Next
A trio of walks offered by the Wellesley Historical Society began on April 24 with an exploration of how transportation literally transformed the town. Upcoming walks will be held in Wellesley on May 18 and June 9.
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