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Settled in 1630, Roxbury, Massachusetts, became one of the most affluent towns in Colonial America. Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Roxbury was the only point of access by land to the 800-acre peninsula called Boston. Over the course of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Roxbury grew and evolved from a delightful country town to a bustling streetcar suburb. Roxbury became an independent city in 1846, but it was annexed to the City of Boston in 1867. During the twenty-one-year period of its independence, Roxbury began to attract many new residents who worked in its mills, factories, and breweries, as well as others who commuted to Boston for business. After its annexation, Roxbury's growth soared: streets were laid out, housing development escalated, and streetcar service to Boston and Charlestown began. Roxbury—or "Boston Highlands" as it was then known—was no longer home only to the descendants of its original settlers. Immigrants from Ireland, Germany, Poland, and Russia, and later, African-Americans, arrived and contributed to this Boston neighborhood's rich and ever-evolving history.
ISBN: 9780738574028
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Massachusetts
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Anthony Mitchell Sammarco's Roxbury tells the fascinating story of this enduring community's beginnings through a remarkable series of over two hundred vintage photographs and informative historical captions. The latest in a series of Images of America publications created by Mr. Sammarco on Boston's historic neighborhoods, Roxbury is destined to delight resident and visitor, young and old alike.
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