Neighborhood Spotlight: Roxbury

Roxbury is a dissolved municipality and officially recognized neighborhood of Boston, and is one of 21 official neighborhoods of Boston. Source: Discover Roxbury via Facebook
Roxbury is a dissolved municipality and officially recognized neighborhood of Boston, and is one of 21 official neighborhoods of Boston. Source: Discover Roxbury via Facebook

Boston is filled with history, and much of this is centered in the historic Roxbury neighborhood that was founded in 1630. Over the years, Boston has grown around it and today it is now at the heart of the city. From corner to corner as you travel down Washington street, you’ll see 300 years of Bostonian history on display.

One of the things you’ll notice is the construction material of choice in some of the older structures. It’s puddingstone which was a composite rock native to the area. Easy to mine and work with, it was a favorite building material that was easy to transport and used to create some truly remarkable structures.

Over time, the community evolved and Washington Street, Dudley, Warren, and Centre streets began to take on the shape and feel that they maintain to this day. In fact, John Eliot Square was the location for the first meetinghouse in the city and it was where city leaders met to discuss the layout, design, and business of the region.

You can even taste the history of the region. All you have to do is order a glass of cider from the area’s many pubs. A glass of cider at the Corrib Pub tastes much the same as it did in the 1700’s due to the fact that many of the area orchards still produce apples for its production.

Some other structures of note include the Dillaway-Thomas House at 183 Roxbury Street and the Shirley-Eustis House at 31 Shirley Street. Both of these structures were built by some of Boston’s most noted residents and each feature architectural designs and influences that were copied throughout the region. Each structure represents a time capsule that shows just how our city was developing and evolving.

There are also a number of other historic landmarks that are most certainly worth discovering. The John Eliot Burial Ground is one of the oldest in the country. There’s also the Eustis Street Fire Station, and John Rouestone Hall. These historic landmarks are full of historic charm and provide an unfettered view for you to peer into the past while reflecting upon the present.

The Gollinger Team of Coldwell Banker has a number of properties available within the Roxbury neighborhood. We invite you to contact us at 617-266-4430 to learn more about our listings and to schedule a showing of the properties you find the most appealing.

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