"Educators, Artists, and Reformers"
Time: 1 1/2 hours
Begins: Boston Public Garden
Directions: Enter the Public Garden at the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets
The Back Bay, originally a mudflat, was filled in with gravel brought from suburban Needham by train between 1852 and 1890. The land is flat, with streets laid out in a straight grid. The cross streets are conveniently named alphabetically from A to H. This elegant neighborhood includes Commonwealth Avenue, with its tree-lined mall of grass, center walking path, and sculptures, as well as the "uptown" shopping area with high-end stores, art galleries, and restaurants.
The Back Bay East Walk starts and ends at the Public Garden. The sites highlight the work of women in the arts and in education, and women who led the way in environmental protection, suffrage, and peace.