In the first post of this series, I introduced you to Weston's charming North and South sides. Here's some interesting historical perspective on both sides.
If you trace Weston's history, much of this delineation (and I suspect categorizing of the "sides") evolved at the turn of the century. Weston had moved from its rural to its more aristocratic heritage coupled with the industrialization that was going on at that time.
Once divided by vast tracts of farmland owned by old New England families, Weston began to evolve between the mid 1800s and the turn of the century.
Changes on the Southside
On the Southside, farmland was sold to many Boston Brahmin families who built country estates to enjoy the fresh air and nature; subsequently the area adopted an image of privilege. Fifty years passed and many of those estates, hunting lodges and country summer cottages either burned down and/or the land was sold and subdivided to builders. The town became more suburbanized.
Changes on the Northside
Industrialization came to parts of the Northside as farmland was sold to manufacturing companies. The abundance of water sources for power as well as the railroads for transportation made the area attractive for development.
Other sections were developed into 1930s neighborhoods, and subsequently 1960s neighborhoods, but the Northside never lost its more rural identity. Weston did not allow the marquee north streets such as Conant, Merriam, Church and Sudbury to be developed in a way that would erase horse footpath history forever. As a further credit to town planning, some of the largest blocks of land were earmarked as conservation forest such as Sunday Woods, Cat Rock and Burchard Park.
Rediscovering the Northside
Next time we'll get to the heart of the matter - why homebuyers are rediscovering the Northside.
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