“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Medford Street / The Neck in Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

Charlestown Heights

Charlestown Heights Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Matthew R Gilbertson, May 20, 2012
1. Charlestown Heights Marker
Inscription.  Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., America’s foremost landscape architect and the creator of Boston’s Emerald Necklace and New York’s Central Park, designed Charlestown Heights, now Doherty Playground, in 1891. With an increasing population and decreasing open space, Boston’s Parks Department commissioned Olmsted to design five neighborhood parks. This park remains an excellent example of the Olmsted style. Here you can see his characteristic use of trees, boulders, hills, meandering pathways and picturesque vistas to elicit feelings of peacefulness.

In 1998, Doherty Playground was granted Landmark status and placed on the National Register of Historic Places through the efforts of the Friends of Doherty Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkHorticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
Location. 42° 22.908′ N, 71° 4.088′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. It is in Medford Street / The Neck. Marker is on Bunker Hill Street, 0.1 miles west of Mead St, on the right when traveling east. Marker

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is on the left side of the south entrance gate at Doherty Playground. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 331 Bunker Hill St, Charlestown MA 02129, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Charlestown Heights (within shouting distance of this marker); Bunker Hill Burying Ground (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Line of Rail Fence and Grass Protection (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Rail Fence and Grass Line (approx. half a mile away); United States Gate (approx. half a mile away); Charlestown Five Cent Savings Bank (approx. half a mile away); The Breastwork (approx. half a mile away); New Hampshire Gate (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2012, by Matt Gilbertson of Medford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 518 times since then and 8 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on May 20, 2012, by Matt Gilbertson of Medford, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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