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“Find out more about historic Newton”

Jackson Homestead and Museum
Ranked #5 of 28 things to do in Newton
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Owner description: The JACKSON HOMESTEAD AND MUSEUM is a regional center for exploration of the Underground Railroad and one of the first sites recognized by the National Park Service's Underground Network to Freedom. Home of Newton's historical society and archives, the museum presents permanent and changing exhibits about the abolition movement, and a broad variety of historical topics. Built in 1809, the Homestead was the home of the Jackson family. Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11 am to 5 pm. Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Adults: $6.00, Children/Seniors/Newton residents: $5.00
Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
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162 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Find out more about historic Newton”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

This is a lovely little history museum on Washington Street in West Newton, MA. You can find out all about the history of Newton from its beginnings in the 1600s through the 20th century. Of particular interest is the amusement park that used to be located where the Marriott Hotel now stands on the Charles River in Newton.

Visited July 2013
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Newton, Mass
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226 reviews
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“I wanted to love it but I only liked it”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

I'm one of these people who obsesses with discover their roots. (Thank goodness I wasn't adopted.) I was hoping this museum would do that but it really wasn't that interesting. I don't think it's the museum's fault. Frankly, Newton's history isn't that interesting. (It's many other things, though, which is why I like living here.) So I would say, if you happen to be in the neighborhood stop by for an hour but don't make an excursion out of it. You get much more history by visiting Upper Falls (the oldest preserved part of Newton) and the Aqueduct. And visiting Newton for the history is like visiting Casablanca for the waters. If you want to visit a Boston suburb with history, there are plenty -- I'd recommend Concord, Salem, and Marblehead

Oh yeah, and go during the morning to avoid the gazillion screaming children,

Visited September 2013
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Newton, Massachusetts
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34 reviews
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“well-run small local museum with loads of information about the past of Newton and the surrounding area”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Newton residents go here to learn about the history of local neighborhoods and particular houses. But the museum has a lot more to offer about the larger history of settlement in the Boston area. Of particular interest is the museum's past as a stop on the famous Underground Railroad, with exhibits showing the tiny space where runaway slaves were concealed and other artifacts and documents associated with this movement. It's a popular destination for school field trips, so there's plenty to interest youngsters.

The main floor is accessible by wheelchair; the rest is not.

Visited February 2013
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Newton, Massachusetts
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“Local history with a broader message”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

This is a great museum with changing exhibitions, and a wonderful permanent exhibit on the black history in Newton. The Jackson Homestead, which houses the Museum, was the home of the Jackson family, known as abolitionists. The re-do of the permanent exhibit tells a more complete story, of the Jackson family as slave owners through the years of their abolition activities. There are enough hands-on experiences that children as young as six would be interested, and enough to read for history buffs will learn from and find remarkable. The entrance fee is minimal. The hours are limited, so check online before heading to this delightful museum.

Visited August 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
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“Jackson Homestead houses this museum: former stop on underground railroad”
Reviewed 22 August 2012

This is the place to go to see how people lived way back when. The house has many interesting exhibits, maps and articles to play with. Very informative as well. Nicely stocked gift shop and lovely grounds. Folk concerts in the summer.are well attended. Free one weekend per month, though admission is very reasonable.

Visited June 2012
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