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Weston, Massachusetts, USA - On the Charles above the Weston Bridge

Weston, Middlesex, MA

Weston was originally part of the Watertown settlement of 1630, but until the end of the century, the land was used mainly for grazing cattle. In 1698, "The Farms" was set off as a separate precinct with its own meetinghouse; and in 1712-13, the "Farmers’ Precinct" was incorporated as a separate town, Weston. wikipedia

Weston includes: Kendall Green Station, Riverside, Silver Hill Station, Stoney Brook, Cherry Brook Station, and Hastings Station.
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On the Charles above the Weston Bridge
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General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights, Massachusetts and used by George Washington's army on March 17, 1776 (Evacuation Day) to free Boston from British control during the American Revolutionary War.

General Henry Knox Trail - Historic Marker reads:
"Through this place passed General Henry Knox in the winter of 1775-1776 to deliver to General George Washington at Cambridge the train of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British army to evacuate Boston."

1839 - Weston
Weston, Massachusetts
Middlesex county. This is a township of good land with a neat and flourishing village. It lies 14 miles W. from Boston, 9 S. by E. from Concord, and is watered by Stony brook. Population, 1837, 1,105.

The manufactures of the town consist of boots, shoes, leather, machinery, ploughs, chairs, harnesses, pottery ware, &c.: annual value about $60,000. Incorporated, 1712.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1845 - WESTON. [Pop. 1,092. Inc. 1713.]
Previously to its incorporation, Weston was the West precinct of Watertown, whence probably came its name.

A portion of the town is considerably elevated.

Boots and shoes are the chief articles manufactured, but these not to any large amount. The inhabitants are farmers.

Distance from Concord, 9 miles; from Boston, 14.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1848 - Weston
“The exact period” (says Dr. Kendal in his Century Sermon, preached in 1813) “when what is now called Weston began to be settled is not known; but it must have been pretty early; for there are still standing houses which were erected about one hundred and forty years ago. In ecclesiastical affairs, however, this town was connected with Watertown about sixty eight, and in civil concerns about eighty three years. The tradition is, that the inhabitants of the remote westerly part of this town went to worship at the ? easterly part of Watertown, at a house not far from the old burying place.” Weston was incorporated as a distinct town in 1712, previous to which time it had been called the westerly, more westerly, and most westerly precinct in ‘Watertown. In 1694, the town of Watertown passed the following vote: “Our neighbors, the farmers, being upon endeavours to have a meeting house among themselves, the town consents that t.hey may come as far as Beaver Brook upon the country road... Read MORE...

Weston Massachusetts, 1890
Weston is an agricultural town having unusual scenic beauty, and situated in the southern section of Middlesex County, 13 miles west of Boston. The Boston and Albany Railroad has a station at Riverside, in the southeast part of the town. The Fitchburg Railroad runs through the northeast section, having a station at Stony Brook, near the middle of the eastern side; at Kendall Green (Weston station); and at Silver Hill (North Village). The Massachusetts Central Railroad crosses the middle section, having stations at Weston (centre) and Cherry Brook. Weston and Kendall Green are the post-offices. Lincoln lies upon the north, Waltham and Newton on the east, Wellesley on the south, and Natick and Wayland upon the west. The assessed area is 10,416 acres; yet the late census states the farm land as 11,217 acres; in which are included 4,351 acres of forest.

There are many small ponds about the centre and in the southern section, several of which are very beautiful. Stony Brook, with its... Read MORE...

1895 - Weston
Weston, a post-village in Weston township, Middlesex co., Mass., 13 miles W. of Boston, and 1 mile S.W. of Weston Station of the Fitchburg Railroad. It contains 3 churches, a high school, a machine-shop, &c. The township is bounded on the S.E. by the Charles River. Pop. of the township in 1890, 1664.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1906
Weston, a post-village in Weston township (town), Middlesex co., Mass., 13 miles W. of Boston, on the Boston and Maine R. Pop. of the town in 1900, 1834.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1908 - Boston Banker's Home At Weston Is Burned
Weston, Jan. 26, Lack of water so badly handicaped (sic) the Weston firemen in fighting a blaze on the Conant road estate of George G. McCAUSLAND, vice president of the First National Bank in Boston, early this evening, that the house and barn were destroyed, entailing a loss of over $12,000. Some of the contents of the dwelling were saved. Nobody was at home but a daughter, the rest of the family being in Maine. The fire started in a rear room upstairs, but how, is not known. Mr. McCAUSLAND had laid out about $5000 on the place since he bought it last summer.
The Boston Journal
Boston, Massachusetts
January 27, 1908
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Weston:
Lyons Park:

Enjoy the outdoors with walking trails, a playground, and open spaces.

Cat Rock Park:

Hike the trails and take in scenic views of the surrounding landscape.

Weston Reservoir:

Explore the reservoir area and take a leisurely walk along the shores.

Weston Town Center:

Visit the town center for shopping, dining, and exploring local businesses.

Case Estates:

Experience the historic Case Estates, known for its beautiful gardens and walking paths.

Regis College Art Center:

Check out art exhibitions and cultural events at the Regis College Art Center.

Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History:

Discover the world of stamps and postal history at this unique museum.

Weston Ski Track:

Enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter months.

Weston Golf Club:

If you're a golf enthusiast, play a round at the Weston Golf Club.

Weston Aqueduct Walking Trail:

Take a stroll along the aqueduct trail for a peaceful and... Read MORE...

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