Dillaway-Thomas House

Community Meeting about Roxbury Historic State Park improvements 3/24 6PM by Jason Turgeon

As I mentioned in a previous post, DCR will be putting $2 million into the Dillaway-Thomas House and surrounding Roxbury Heritage State Park in a fast-track construction project this year.  There's a public meeting to discuss this next Monday - this is your chance to provide input on what types of amenities you'd like to see in this park and find out more about the project.

Details from the flier:


Roxbury Heritage State Park Community Visioning Workshop

Monday, March 24, 2014 – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

Roxbury Community College Student Center, Building 4, Second Floor, 1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury 

At this meeting, the public will have an opportunity to provide input into the development of a vision for the future of the Roxbury Heritage State Park, by identifying project goals for the Roxbury Heritage State Park Signature Park Project. These will include desirable improvements to, and activities at, the Dillaway-Thomas House and Roxbury Heritage State Park, as well as what and whose stories to commemorate through exhibits.

Roxbury Heritage State Park Master Plan by Jason Turgeon

Click the link above for a trip back in time to the dawn of the Roxbury Heritage State Park. The park, originally conceived of by the Roxbury Action Program in the ’70s, finally came to fruition at the end of the 1980s.  Sadly, it never got all the funding the planners hoped for.  In particular, the incorporation of the Owen Nawn Factory on Washington Street as a permanent exhibition center for Roxbury History never came to fruition, and the building is now only about 1/3 of the size it was then.  Hopefully Historic Boston Inc., with new headquarters right next door to the Nawn Factory, will be able to help.

Old Roxbury Postcards by Jason Turgeon

A surprising number of old Roxbury and Fort Hill landmarks made it into postcard form in the first decade of the 20th century.  I’ve been able to pick up a handful of these postcards on eBay, most for just a few dollars.  But nobody has a collection quite like the one at CardCow.com.  I think they’ve found every single one of the old Roxbury postcards, scanned them, and put them online for us to browse.  Check out the full collection at CardCow.com and enjoy the sample images below.

Rev. Edward Everett Hale Residence Vintage Post Card

EE Hale House

Headquarters Of American Officers Antique Postcard

Dillaway-Thomas House

Roxbury High School Vintage Post Card

Roxbury High School