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Historic Somerville: From Civic Hilltop to the Wyatt Brickyards and Fresh Pond Ice

Historic Somerville: From Civic Hilltop to the Wyatt Brickyards and Fresh Pond Ice

Sun., September 23, 3:00pm to 5:30pm

93 Highland Ave. , Somerville

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A new walking tour of Union Square.

Self-guided tour now available to download here.
Please join Ed Gordon, New England Chapter President of the Victorian Society of America, who will lead a new walking tour of the Union Square area.  The walk will highlight the many sides of Somerville--from the impressive campus setting of the City's civic center on Central Hill through a neighborhood of ornate Victorian residences to the vintage commercial buildings of Union Square.  We'll enjoy spectacular views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines from Prospect Hill Park and learn about the history of the Medieval Revival tower that reminds us of Somerville's strategic role in the early days of the American Revolution.  We will also discover where the once bustling Fresh Pond Ice Company shipped ice internationally and then meander through the Lincoln Park neighborhood to explore the former Wyatt Brickyards, several pre-Civil War houses, and an interesting row of late 19th century workers' housing.  Tour will include at least one interior viewing and refreshments at the conclusion at a local eatery in Union Square.

Tour is coordinated by the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and led by Ed Gordon, President of Victorian Society of America, New England Chapter.  

Tour starts at Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Ave., easily accessible via bus (#87 from Davis Square or Lechmere and #90 from Davis or Sullivan Squares).

For more information, contact Brandon Wilson via or 617-625-6600, ext. 2532.