The National Park Service's Heritage Education Services, in partnership with the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, proudly invites you to learn about and visit the places that illustrate the history of conservation and landscape planning in Massachusetts. This Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary features 25 places listed in the National Register of Historic Places that bring the benefits and history of conservation and landscape preservation to life. The itinerary was proposed by Ann E. Chapman and is based on her Master Project entitled Proposal for a Conservation and Landscape Planning Heritage Trail, submitted to the Graduate School of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Regional Planning.
The Massachusetts Conservation travel itinerary offers several ways to discover the featured historic places:
• Descriptions of each featured historic place on the List of Sites highlighting their significance, with color images and information on how to visit.
• Essays with background on important themes in Massachusetts conservation history and landscape planning and preservation offer context for understanding historic places featured in the itinerary.
• Maps to help visitors plan what to see and do.
• A Learn More section with links to relevant websites such as tourism websites with information on cultural events and activities, other things to see and do, and dining and lodging possibilities. This section also provides a bibliography.
View the itinerary online or print it as a guide if you plan to visit in person. The Massachusetts Conservation itinerary, the 57th in this ongoing series, is part of the Department of the Interior, National Park Service's strategy to promote public awareness of history and the special places that reflect the nation's heritage and add to the quality of life, and to encourage visits to historic places throughout the nation. The itineraries are created by a partnership of the National Park Service; the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers; and Federal, State, and local governments and private organizations in communities, regions, and heritage areas throughout the United States. The itineraries help people everywhere learn about and plan trips to visit the amazing diversity of this country's historic places that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service and its partners hope you enjoy this itinerary and others in the series. If you have any comments or questions, please click on the e-mail address at "comments or questions" on the bottom of each page.