If you are interested in exploring the beauty of, and uncovering the history in many Massachusetts towns, cities and villages, then town greens -- also known as town commons -- are the place to first visit.
Dating back to the 17th century, these simple parcels of green land, today, reveal community gathering places full of scenic beauty, fairs, festivals, concerts, observances and just about anything else that brings residents and visitors together. At one point or another, these town greens have reflected cultural, religious, economic and political factors within a community's growth.
Eric Hurwitz, editor and publisher of VisitingNewEngland, recently traveled to towns and cities in Massachusetts to find the best, most historically significant town commons in Massachusetts for the book, Massachusetts Town Greens (Globe Pequot, May 2016). He came up with 70 town commons that are regular meeting places for locals, and must-visit destinations for New England travelers. Some of these town greens are popular -- like Boston Common, the Lexington Battle Green and Concord's Monument Square -- but others are hidden gems definitely worth discovering to experience the true flavor of Massachusetts travel.
It is an ideal book to take with you on the road when in
Massachusetts, so you can make these wonderful discoveries and maybe
catch a wonderful local event, too!
The Shirley Meeting House at historic Shirley Common, Shirley, Mass.
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