Answer key for Newton’s villages quiz

Nonantum hosts the St. Mary of Carmen Festival.
Suzanne Kreiter/globe staff/file 2010
Nonantum hosts the St. Mary of Carmen Festival.

1.Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, Newton Centre, Newton Corner, Newton Highlands, Newton Lower Falls, Newton Upper Falls, Newtonville, Nonantum, Oak Hill, Thompsonville, Waban, and West Newton.

2.Oak Hill. The village owes much of its growth to the development of affordable housing for returning veterans after World War II. A city agency oversaw the construction of more than 400 homes, many of them Cape-style cottages, in Oak Hill. The agency named the 33 streets and paths in Oak Hill for some of the 200 local veterans killed during the war. The names for the streets were picked by lottery; those who were not chosen were remembered when a neighborhood school was dedicated in their honor.

3.West Newton. The village grew up around the Boston and Worcester Railroad, becoming an early example of transit-oriented development. Though town business was originally conducted from a meeting house in Newton Centre, operations were moved to West Newton in 1849. The current City Hall opened in Newton Centre in 1932.

4.Thompsonville. According to local lore, the village, near Newton Centre, traces its roots to Joseph Thompson, a recluse who lived in a cave in Hammond Forest. But documentary evidence about the village’s origins is scarce. The legend “cannot be substantiated at this time,” said Sara Goldberg, Historic Newton’s curator.


5.Nonantum. However, finding Silver Lake these days requires a keen eye and a heavy storm. The lake, shaped almost like a lobster claw in an 1874 map of Newton, has been filled in with homes and businesses. The lake was bounded by Nevada, California, Watertown, and Bridge streets. Supposedly, it bubbles up occasionally during the spring. These days it resembles a swamp more than a swimming hole.

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6.Newton Lower Falls, Newton Upper Falls. Both areas benefited from their proximity to the Charles River. Over the years, the villages were dotted with mills that produced paper, snuff, hosiery, silk, flour, and lumber.