Established in the 1660s, Hyde Park, Boston’s southernmost neighborhood, grew as a manufacturing community based in the paper and cotton industries in the early 18th Century. The extension of rail lines in the 1850s spurred the area’s residential development. Hyde Park was annexed by Boston in 1912, making it the last town to be added to the city as we know it today.
Today, Hyde Park is a true blend of city and suburb, maintaining significant open spaces, including the George Wright Municipal Golf Course and the 450 acre Stony Brook Reservation.
Home to Boston’s 47th Mayor, Thomas M. Menino, Hyde Park has always been involved in the politics of the day. Many abolitionists and suffragists leaders called this neighborhood home. Camp Meigs, where twenty-six thousand Massachusetts soldiers trained for combat during the Civil War, including the first black regiment marshaled for the war effort, is also located in Hyde Park.