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Annals and Reminiscences of Jamaica Plain by Harriet Manning Whitcomb is a captivating journey through the history and vibrant community of Jamaica Plain. As a resident of this picturesque neighborhood in Boston for many years, Whitcomb provides readers with an intimate and detailed account of its development and evolution.

Whitcomb's writing style is both informative and engaging, making this book an enjoyable read for anyone interested in local history or those who simply want to learn more about Jamaica Plain. The author's meticulous research is evident in every chapter as she delves into the lives of the area's early settlers, the creation of landmarks, and the growth of the community over time.

What truly sets this book apart is Whitcomb's ability to transport readers back in time through her vivid descriptions and personal anecdotes. She skillfully weaves together historical facts with her own reminiscences, creating a narrative that is both informative and relatable. This personal touch allows readers to connect with the author and gain a deeper appreciation for Jamaica Plain's rich past.

In addition to its historical content, Annals and Reminiscences of Jamaica Plain also highlights the unique charm and character of the neighborhood. Whitcomb's passion for her community is palpable as she showcases its abundant natural beauty, impressive architecture, and the diverse individuals who have called Jamaica Plain home.

Although this book is primarily focused on the history of Jamaica Plain, Whitcomb does not shy away from addressing the challenges and changes the neighborhood has faced over the years. She discusses topics such as urbanization, gentrification, and the preservation of historical landmarks, allowing readers to better understand the delicate balance between progress and the preservation of community identity.

Overall, Annals and Reminiscences of Jamaica Plain offers a comprehensive and engaging exploration of a neighborhood with a rich and fascinating history. Harriet Manning Whitcomb's passion for Jamaica Plain shines through her meticulous research, personal stories, and vivid descriptions. Whether you are a resident of Jamaica Plain or simply interested in local history, this book is a must-read that will leave you with a deep appreciation for this vibrant Boston neighborhood.

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Annals and Reminiscences of Jamaica Plain

By Harriet Manning Whitcomb



This sketch was prepared by request to be read before the Jamaica Plain Ladies' Tuesday Club. Subsequently a desire was expressed to have it put in a more permanent form and offered for sale at a Fair for the Jamaica Plain Indian Association. Although personally reluctant to appear before the public in this way, I have allowed my desire to aid a good cause and give pleasure to my friends who have kindly received my paper to influence me in its publication.

I am indebted to "The Memorial History of Boston" to Drake's "Town of Roxbury," to Dr. Thomas Gray's "Half Century Sermon," and to the memory of a few of the older residents for some dates and incidents given.

If any of these should prove to be inaccurate, I must rely upon the charity and courtesy of my readers for only indulgent criticism.H.M.W.

ANNALS AND REMINISCENCES OF JAMAICA PLAINTo collect and review the circumstances and events which have made our homes and those of our ancestors for many generations is more than a pleasant service. We find an interest and fascination in every step of the way, leading us, as it does, into one of the most delightful portions of our country, and introducing us to not a few of the most refined and cultivated, as well as distinguished people of New England... Continue reading book >>

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