Farm Town to Suburb is a comprehensive history of the Town of Weston, with particular emphasis on the years 1830-2020. Extensively documented and richly illustrated, the book chronicles the economic, social and political evolution of the town from rural agricultural community to modern Boston suburb. The first ten chapters are organized by time period and the remaining focus on geographical areas. Originally published in 2001, this second edition brings the book up to date with a new chapter covering 1980 to 2020 and revisions to the original reflecting changes and new discoveries. With Farm Town to Suburb as a guide, readers of today can connect with the past and enrich the present by looking at the development of their own streets and neighborhoods.
Farm Town to Suburb includes more than 1075 photographs, maps and illustrations from both public and private collections. It offers a fascinating perspective on the town and will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history not only of Weston but also of the greater Boston area.
Awarded Certificate of Commendation, American Association for State and Local History, 2002
This is truly an extraordinary compendium of information, the result of a monumental and wide-ranging research effort. There are many Weston topics that will clearly be of interest to a wider audience, like the major estates and prominent Boston-area families who developed them. . . . In this area in particular the author has compiled much original research.
We’re thrilled to see this first-rate work of lively scholarship come to fruition. Everyone who lives in or has an interest in Weston will greatly benefit from this gift to the town.
A meticulously written local history—an invaluable contribution to the annals of the Town of Weston.