B-N-13 - Boston (Suffolk Co.)-Newton (Middlesex Co.) Corner, Boston College - Massachusetts
Posted by: NorStar
N 42° 20.059 W 071° 10.044
19T E 321439 N 4689171
Quick Description: This corner stone between the cities of Boston and Newton is within the campus of Boston College, along a path that passes around the Silvio O. Conte Forum.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 4/10/2012 5:26:59 PM
Waymark Code: WME6RZ
In the Chestnut Hill neighborhood that lies between Boston, Brookline, and Newton, is the Boston College campus, which has a cornerstone that marks the border between Boston and Newton.
This corner post is located along a concrete walkway that runs between the circle in front of the south entrance of the Silvio O. Conte Forum, and the plaza on the north entrance to the same arena, running along the west side of the building. From the circle, the monument will be on your left, between some bushes. If you approach from the north, the monument will be directly ahead.
The monument is about 5 ft tall and has four sides. On a side facing the sidewalk, near the top is engraved, "B". On the side toward the chain-linked fence is engraved, "N". At the top is a survey divot. The corners have some stonework, giving an impression of a frame.
The monument is in good condition.
Not only does the monument mark the boundary of the two cities, it is also the boundary between Suffolk and Middlesex Counties. I am not sure when this particular boundary was set. Boston was founded in 1630 and became a city in 1822. Newton was founded in 1688, first as Cambridge Village, then renamed as Newtown in 1691, then Newton in 1766. This border was wasn't originally between Newton and Boston, but between Newton and Brighton, once a separate town that was absorbed into the greater city in 1874. Thus, this doesn't help since both municipalities begin with "B." I sincerely doubt that the stone went back that far. Thus, a median year of 1900 was used.
Parking is available on Beacon Street.