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Mary Hunnewell Fyffe Footbridge

Guidebook Section: West

Location

 

Located in Newton and Wellesley

Parking and access:
Park on Washington St. in front of Gregorian Rugs. Enter a pathway (indicated by a stone marker) next to the Gregorian parking lot. (The lot is reserved for customers; use on-street parking.)

Other maps and aerial photos:
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Newton Assessor

Overview

Dramatic views of Charles River rapids contrast with peaceful, green riverbanks. Visitors can walk on a long, rebuilt Victorian-style bridge just above the fast flowing spillway, the falls, the millway, and the Cordingly Dam Fish Passage. Grassy sloping shorelines and old mill buildings, now retrofitted for offices and residences, maintain the feel of a significant site of early industry along the Charles.

Size: several acres

Longest Walk: 0.1 miles


Acquired: 1984

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History

before 1906

A wooden footbridge built across the Charles.

1909

Footbridge rebuilt in Victorian design.

1983

Rebuilt to replicate the 1909 bridge. Dedicated to Mary Hunnewell Fyffe of Wellesley, advocate of the Charles River. Acquired by the state from joint ownership by Newton and Wellesley.

Features

Charles River Walk, Historic Site
 

Additional Information

Newton Assessor’s Map ID: 42031 0005 and other parcels in Newton and Wellesley

The recent history of the footbridge is recounted in the book, Walks in Wellesley.

Discover Historic Newton Lower Falls brochure

The bridge in 1906