There Are 3 Must-See Historic Landmarks In The Charming Town Of Brookline, Massachusetts
Calling all landscape architects, history buffs, and general admirers of outdoor beauty. Explore these notable sites in Brookline, while taking a visit down memory lane. It is possible to visit them all in one day, as they are within a 10-minute drive and only 30 minutes from Boston. These are some of the best historical sites in Massachusetts.
Visit the design studios and landscaped lawn of Frederick Law Olmsted at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline. He is recognized as the founder of American landscape architecture. He also designed the nearby Emerald Necklace.
Olmsted moved his family to Brookline on two acres of property known as Fairsted, where he built his home and established the professional landscape architecture firm. The site includes archives with nearly one million records of Olmsted firm designs.
Guests are led by guided tours through the historical house, showcasing the rooms where Olmsted’s designs came alive.
Collaborating with others, Olmsted designed many renowned urban parks, such as Central Park in New York City, the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., and the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina.
Many of the concepts and designs were developed in this drafting room.
Some other rooms include the north parlor, the photographic record room housing 66,000 photos, the engineer’s room, and the plant room pictured here.
One of Olmsted's effective designing tools was sequencing, visible at Fairsted. The landscape has four distinct areas: Carriage Turn, The Hollow, The Rock Garden, and the South Lawn.
While entrance to the house is seasonal, visitors are welcome to walk the grounds daily from dawn to dusk. For more information,
visit the National Park Service.
Another place of note is the Brookline Reservoir of the Cochituate Aqueduct.
The reservoir was part of the Cochituate water system, originally built as a drinking water supply for the City of Boston. It was filled to capacity in 1848.
Inside its granite gatehouse, pictured here, exist the oldest cast iron staircases, iron roof, and wrought iron roof trusses in the U.S.
The Brookline Reservoir is surrounded by a 1-mile jogging/walking track.
Fishing is allowed by permit, as the water is stocked annually by the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Wildlife. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. To learn more,
visit the Brookline website
Some of the best views of Boston are available from Larz Anderson Park, formerly the Larz Anderson Estate. The Welds originally built the site as a 17th-century farm.
It is the largest park in Brookline, featuring picnic areas with grills, a hilltop outdoor ice-skating rink, athletic fields, a playground, and a restored pond. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is located in the Anderson Carriage House, which was completed in 1888. The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.
The museum holds the oldest collection of motorcars in the U.S., started by Larz Anderson and Isabel Weld Perkins soon after they married. It is an ever-changing series of exhibits, also home to a vintage bicycle collection.
For more information,
visit the museum's website.
Spend a day discovering history through these cherished Massachusetts landmarks. Pack a picnic; bring family and friends. Visiting these sites can lead to a connection, deeper understanding, and appreciation of the past and its people. For more information, visit the
Brookline Historical Society
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Address: Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, 99 Warren St, Brookline, MA 02445, USA Address: Brookline Reservoir Park, 674 Boylston St UNIT 504, Brookline, MA 02445, USA Address: Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St, Brookline, MA 02445, USA