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  • Coverage contains "Wakefield Common (Wakefield, Mass.)"

Date: ca. 1920s
Description: Wakefield Park on the lower common has welcomed generations of Wakefield residents and others who spent many summer afternoons on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt. Catherine Kennedy Fitzgerald and her…[More]

Date: ca. 1890
Description: "The Park Music Pavilion, referred to as the Pagoda, now the Bandstand, was built in 1885 as part of a $10,000 bequest from Cornelius Sweetser which provided money for park purposes. The bandstand 'of…[More]

Date: 1890-1899
Description: "Although it is unclear to local historians when the cannons were placed on the upper Common, now the Veterans' Memorial Common, generations of Wakefield residents have admired, and often climbed on…[More]

Date: 1860-1863
Description: "According to documented history, Wakefield has always had common lands since the first division of land among the early settlers. A special committee was selected in 1727 to lay out the 'ways and…[More]

Date: 1894
Description: "Wakefield Park, known as the Common, was the site of sporting, social and musical events on Settlers' Day, May 28th, the second of three consecutive days set aside to celebrate the Town's 250th…[More]

Date: ca. 1909
Description: "Now known as Veterans' Memorial Common, Wakefield's Upper Common was once the original public land created by the Town's early settlers in 1741. The Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument, at the…[More]

Date: ca. 1905
Description: "The upper Common, pictured shortly after the dedication of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument which occurred in 1902. Before the Town received a bequest from Cornelius Sweetser of $10,000 which…[More]

Date: ca. 1905
Description: "Wakefield's upper and lower Commons are visible in the circa 1905 panoramic photo. It is interesting to note that the road forks, with the left side leading to Salem Street and the right side leading…[More]

Date: 1887
Description: "The country's first Independence Day celebration took place on July 4, 1777, and by the early 1800s, the traditions of parades, picnics, and fireworks were established as the way to celebrate. The…[More]

Date: ca. 1910
Description: "Referred to as the 'Central Park' in the Descriptive Sketch of Wakefield, published in 1894, the Common was described as follows: 'The Central Park is most appropriately named, for it begins in the…[More]

Date: ca. 1890
Description: "Wakefield has always had 'common lands' since the first division of land among the early settlers. A special committee was selected to lay out the 'ways and watering places' through the Common in…[More]

Date: 07-04-1887
Description: Image from the Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department annual calendar, 1990

Date: ca. 1900
Description: Image from the Wakefield Municipal Gas and Light Department annual calendar, 1989

Date: ca. 1900
Description: "Beginning in 1871, the Town began to repurchase some land it had previously sold between Church Street and Lake Quannapowitt. Improvements were made each year through enlargements and beautification…[More]

Date: ca. 1893
Description: "The Wakefield Common as it appeared near the end of the 19th Century. The icehouse is at the left of the picture. In the 'Handbook of Wakefield - a strangers' guide and residents' manual' written by…[More]

Date: ca. 1944-1946
Description: "The lower common, near the bandstand, has always attracted scores of people who enjoy the shores of Lake Quannpowitt. While still a source of pleasure for recreational and leisurely pursuits, the…[More]

Date: 08-1948
Description: "This photo was probably taken when a Tydol dirigible, formerly used by the US Navy, flew over the area in August 1948. The blimp was east of Wakefield when the pilot changed his course to the…[More]

Date: ca. 1890
Description: "This photograph looks south toward downtown, capturing a piece of the lower Common and Lake Quannapowitt. The unpaved road leads toward Salem Street. Pictured on the Common is the bandstand, erected…[More]

Description: "It's hard to imagine Lake Quannapowitt without the office complexes and homes which dot the landscape. Yet it wasn't that long ago that the Beebe family home was one of the few homes on the lake's…[More]

Date: ca. 1895
Description: "The Bandstand on Wakefield's lower Common was built in 1885 in response to a national beautification movement to raise standards for architecture and public space in America. It was built as part of…[More]