Historic Writing and Maps

photo by William F Shea, Hingham

The Blue Hills Reservation is a state park, managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The park extends into Milton, Quincy, Braintree, Canton, Randolph, and Dedham.

If you’d like to learn more about the Blue Hills, download a free Blue Hills Reservation guide.

1887 – excerpts from Rev. Albert K. Teele’s History of Milton, Massachusetts 1640-1887 (46 pg and one map)

1891 – Sylvester Baxter’s A Massachusetts Forest from Garden and Forest magazine, a proposal for a park in the Blue Hills (7 pg essay)

1892 – Chapter 342 of the Acts of 1892 (an act establishing a metropolitan park commission)

1893 – Charles Eliot’s Report of the Landscape Architect for the Metropolitan Park Commission (28 pg essay with maps, drawings, and photos)

1893 – Chapter 407 of the Acts of 1893 (the Metropolitan Park Commission Act)

1894 – Chapter 288 of the Acts of 1894 (an act authorizing parkway construction)

1895 – E. G. Chamberlain’s Names of the Blue Hills from the Boston Transcript (2 pg essay)

1895 – Warren H. Manning’s reforestation proposal for the Blue Hills (14 pg essay)

1898 – Four walking tours from Edwin M. Bacon’s Walks and Rides in the Country Round About Boston (24 pg essay)


Historical Writing

1835 – actress Fanny Kemble visits Blue Hill and Granite Rail Quarry in her Journal (8 pgs)

Want to hike the Blue Hills, but don't know where to begin? Click here for recommendations to the best hiking near Boston. If you're interested in hiking Boston and Boston hiking, the Blue Hills Reservation offers great hikes near Boston. If you want to go hiking around Boston, be sure to check our suggested Boston hikes in the Blue Hills. The Blue Hills also offers a good place to find a South Shore MA mountain biking trail and you'll enjoy great Boston birding and birding near Boston. You'll also find a great swimming hole south of Boston at the Blue Hills Reservation and in general, great family fun South Shore.