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Travel Photo Essay: Downtown Walpole District, Walpole MA

Downtown Walpole, MA Photo
Downtown Walpole, MA

Article and photos by Eric H.

One of the great aspects about Boston is that you don't have to drive terribly far to find some classic, New England small towns.  Walpole, MA, about 18 miles southwest of downtown Boston, is surely one of those towns with its downtown seemingly stuck in another time.  With three town commons, steepled churches
, tree-lined side streets and predominantly locally-owned shops (in the center), Walpole might not share the rampant commercial and industrial growth of nearby towns, but it does have an appeal to those who like a quiet, quaint historical town with plenty of community spirit and open spaces. It's really an underrated gem of a town -- a nice place to raise a family, take a nice evening walk and attend seasonal community events (which seem to happen one after another). Community involvement is off the charts, particularly at the Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances, May's Walpole Town Day,  Ephinany Church of Walpole's June Village Fair and December's tree lighting ceremony!

Downtown Walpole is not overly quaint, although just a few years ago the proverbial "sidewalk rolled up" look was well intact. However, with a recently evolving commercial base that doesn't encroach upon the innate classic New England feel, Walpole now has seven full-service restaurants, The Coffee Perch coffeehouse and Red Cherry Frozen Yogurt Shop. That's very impressive for a downtown that barely goes beyond two blocks. You'll also see old standbys that have been around for decades like Betro Pharmacy, Joe's Barber Shop, First Sandwich Shop, Mimi's Variety and Walpole Music. Additionally, a new, beautifully built, "green" public library has turned out to be incredibly popular -- noteworthy, given our Kindle/Nook oriented society.

So, let's take a little tour of this friendly, little town...

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Common Street Walpole, MA, Photo
Common Street is simply beautiful with its long stretch of big, old homes, green lawns and tree-lined sidewalks.   

Downtown Walpole MA
Walking onto Main St. from Common St. The Coffee Perch is a terrific little coffeehouse.

Walpole MA in the fall
The Fall Pumpkin Patch at the Epiphany Church of Walpole

Walpole MA Memorial Day
Walpole Memorial Day Observance

Walpole MA Town Day Parade
Walpole Town Day Parade

Walpole MA at Christmas
Walpole during the Christmas season

Walpole MA Christmas scene
And another Christmas scene with lights on the town common and shops and restaurants in the background.

Walpole MA winter scene
A classic New England winter scene on Common St.

Raven's Nest Irish pub, Walpole MA
The Raven's Nest Irish Pub (photo courtesy of Raven's Nest)

Walpole MA Farmers Market
Walpole Farmers Market on the town common.

Walpole Public Library
The new Walpole Public Library

Blackburn Hall Photo, Walpole, MA
Historic Blackburn Memorial Hall is the scene of many community social and recreational events held by the Walpole Recreation Department (its office is located at Blackburn).

Bacevich Dedication Site photo, Walpole, MA
The Andrew Bacevich Memorial Dedication site -- in memory of former Walpole resident and Army 1st Lt. Andrew Bacevich who was killed in Iraq, May 13, 2007.

Walpole, MA, Town Forest Photo
Within walking distance of downtown Walpole is the 150-acre town forest (off South St.), a series of hiking trails with splendid views of the Neponset River.  It's like being in New Hampshire!

Clark's Pond photo, Walpole, MA
Clark's Pond provides a nice downtown respite with its peaceful water scene.

Walpole MA School Street Bridge
The Historic Memorial Bridge on School St.

Panoramic Photo, Walpole, MA
Panoramic downtown Walpole photo


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