Walking Tours of Boston's Made Land

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At its founding, Boston was a small peninsula; over the last 375 years the city has doubled in size by filling in the surrounding tidal flats--areas covered with water at high tide and exposed at low. In Walking Tours of Boston's Made Land, historian Nancy Seasholes outlines twelve walks that trace where and why Boston's man-made land was created, and, along the way, uncovers fascinating and little-known pieces of Boston history. In the course of these walks--around the central waterfront, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, ...

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Overview

At its founding, Boston was a small peninsula; over the last 375 years the city has doubled in size by filling in the surrounding tidal flats--areas covered with water at high tide and exposed at low. In Walking Tours of Boston's Made Land, historian Nancy Seasholes outlines twelve walks that trace where and why Boston's man-made land was created, and, along the way, uncovers fascinating and little-known pieces of Boston history. In the course of these walks--around the central waterfront, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the South End, Charlestown, and elsewhere--she shows us how Boston's past is always just below the surface of its present.Each walk is accompanied by a map that shows the route and original shoreline. The walks are illustrated with historical maps,
historical photographs and views, and current photographs. All walks are accessible by public transportation.

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Editorial Reviews

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"... a richly detailed guide to 12 walks through land 'made' as Boston's original shoreline was filled and expanded outward." Michael Kenney Boston
Sunday Globe

The MIT Press

"[Seasholes'] guide is valuable not only for the visitor to Boston but for anyone wanting a feel for early Boston history and the creation of a port city." Library
Journal

The MIT Press

"Nancy Seasholes's *Walking Tours of Boston's Made Land* is a wonderful book that offers a distinctive view of Boston. It is always great when someone takes a different approach and brings to our attention the things that make Boston unique. I recommend that everyone take these tours. You will be amazed at all the interesting facts that you will learn!"--Thomas M. Menino,
Mayor of Boston

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Boston Sunday Globe

Walking Tours of Boston's Made Land is a richly detailed guide to
12 walks through land "made" as Boston's original shoreline wa filled in and expanded outward.

Library Journal
This excellent guide to Boston grew out of Seasholes's earlier scholarly book Gaining Ground: A History of Landmaking in Boston and her readers' interest in a handier book to carry while exploring the city's "made land." Seasholes guides the reader through a dozen walks in areas where land was created out of water. Maps pinpoint the original shoreline, the expansion of land as seawalls in bays and coves were filled in with dirt and rubbish, and the lay of the land today. For each walk, Seasholes provides the history of the area, its architecture and notable sights, and information on distance, time to complete the walk, restroom opportunities, T stops, and accessibility. Her guide is valuable not only for the visitor to Boston but for anyone wanting a feel for early Boston history and the creation of a port city. Fascinating reading coupled with practical information make this essential for travel and history collections, particularly in New England.-Melissa Stearns, Franklin Pierce Coll. Lib., Rindge, NH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262693394
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,056,346
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy S. Seasholes is an independent scholar, a Research Fellow in the Department of
Archaeology at Boston University, and periodically teaches at the Harvard University Extension
School. Walking Tours of Boston's Made Land is the companion to her earlier book,
Gaining Ground (MIT Press, 2003).
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