The Roslindale Historical Society


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Bucolic Roslindale c. 1900

We recently came across this wonderful postcard of Roslindale. The view is of Arboretum Road from Washington Street;

the bridge is just a few blocks down from the infamous Bussey Street Bridge. Two children are walking away from the Arboretum, where they may have been enjoying a beautiful day before heading home. Cattle are grazing on the left.

Below is a photo from 2022 of the same sight, now industrialized, along with a map to orient you.

Puritan Ice Cream Company is on the corner of Washington Street and Arboretum Road.

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Roslindale Historical Society,Jamaica Plain Historical Society
collaborate on "Stories Of Mount Hope Cemetery" 


April 5th was the Ching Ming Festival, also known as "Tomb-Sweeping Day in English, a day when people of Chinese descent visit the tombs of their ancestors to clean the gravesites.

You can read more about it here:

Roslindale Around The Web

Global Boston: Roslindale

An excellent short history of Roslindale by Marilynn S. Johnson of Boston College, this page also includes links to articles about longtime Roslindale residents Josef Porteleki (Roslindale Hardware), Tasula Macrides, and Tony DeBenedictis (Tony's Market).


A project of the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, Atlascope is an interactive layered system of antique surveying maps of Boston. With it, one can see how the neighborhoods, streets, and even lots have changed since the 1800s. A rabbit hole you definitely want to go down!