197 Green Street

At first glance, the house at 197 Green Street is unique for its small size and the colorful graffiti that has covered its exterior since 2016. But if we look behind its 1950’s siding, and comb the historical record, we discover that the house is not, as it might first appear, an outdated structure. Rather, the house represents a significant period of time in the development of Jamaica Plain, and of Green Street in particular.

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The Owners of Hellenic Hill

The majestic backdrop to Jamaica Pond, Hellenic Hill, has a storied history.  Although known as Hellenic Hill since about 1968, probably because of the alliteration, for three centuries it was called Spring Hill. Few sections of Jamaica Plain hold in their history so many famous names:  Elder Isaac Heath, Rev. John Eliot, Royal Governor Sir Francis Bernard, John Prince, Joseph Goddard, Robert and Gaspar Bacon.

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Charlie Rosenberg
Haffenreffer Brewery Tour

Based on a tour of the Haffenreffer Brewery complex by Peter Haffenreffer on August 3, 2017 in Jamaica Plain. Peter Haffenreffer is the great-grandson of Rudolf Frederick Haffenreffer who founded the Haffenreffer Brewery.

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Charlie Rosenberg