About the Blue Hills

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

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

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)