Travel Photo Essay: Downtown Walpole District, Walpole MA
Article and photos by Eric H.
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...
Common Street is simply beautiful with its long stretch of big, old homes, green lawns and tree-lined sidewalks.
Walking onto Main St. from Common St. The Coffee Perch is a terrific little coffeehouse.
The Fall Pumpkin Patch at the Epiphany Church of Walpole
Walpole Memorial Day Observance
Walpole Town Day Parade
Walpole during the Christmas season
And another Christmas scene with lights on the town common and shops and restaurants in the background.
A classic New England winter scene on Common St.
The Raven's Nest Irish Pub (photo courtesy of Raven's Nest)
Walpole Farmers Market on the town common.
The new Walpole Public Library
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).
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.
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 provides a nice downtown respite with its peaceful water scene.
The Historic Memorial Bridge on School St.
Panoramic downtown Walpole photo
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