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No. 396: Schoolmasters' Hill
Postcard #396

Postcard. Caption on front: 14. Boston, Mass., Schoolmasters' Hill, Franklin Park. Postally unused. On verso: Mason Bros. & Co., Boston, Mass.

 Earl, your observation that Schoolmaster Hill is in the center of the park is right on target, Olmsted built a shelter here to take in maximum views. Schoolmaster Hill is named for Ralph Waldo Emerson, who lived in a farmhouse at this location from 1823-1825, while he served as a school teacher in Roxbury. The columns of the Olmsted shelter remain, it was attached to a linear trellis running along the brow of the hill. Schoolmaster Hill is reached by a paved path from the main roadway, located between the golf course club house and the ballfields near Shattuck Hospital. Schoolmaster Hill overlooks what was designed as the Country Meadow, the major open space in the park, in which the golf course was laid out soon after the park was completed.
Ellen J. Lipsey

Did you know that Schoolmaster Hill is named for Ralph Waldo Emerson who lived there in a cabin in the 1820?s with his mother and brother when he was a school teacher in Roxbury? He hated being a teacher and it is said that here is where he began to write poetry and more ?..

Today on the top of the hill there is a restored stone terrace and walkway, overlooking the golf course with the Blue Hills in the distant. There is no sign marking the path so most do not know it is there.
Christine Poff

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Created: July 26, 2003   Modified: September 8, 2005