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National Park Service | Boston

Our Shared Heritage: Boston Conservation

Learn about, visit, and explore the authentic historic places that illustrate the history and development of conservation and landscape planning and preservation in Massachusetts from the early 19th century on into the 20th century. The great American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted left his mark on Boston perhaps more than any other city by conceiving the Emerald Necklace, a city-wide system of green spaces connecting old parks and new ones, in the late 19th century. But Boston also inspired him with its tradition of beautiful and practical public space dating back to the 17th. Explore Olmsted's vision of green space for all in five of Boston's most beloved and historic parks. The itinerary is based on Ann E. Chapman's Proposal for A Conservation and Landscape Planning Heritage Trail.

  • 1.

    Boston Public Garden

    Boston Public Garden

    Make way for duckling statues, swan boats, and stunning urban flora.

  • 2.

    Charles River Reservation

    Charles River Reservation

    Twenty miles of riverside paths to explore.

  • 3.

    Forest Hills Cemetery

    Forest Hills Cemetery

    Designed for the living.

  • 4.

    Boston Common

    Boston Common

    Common ground at the heart of Boston.

  • 5.

    Arnold Arboretum

    Arnold Arboretum

    Boston's most magnificent green space.

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