Auburndale, Massachusetts

Auburndale, known to longtime residents simply as "The Dale", is one of the 13 villages within the city of Newton, Massachusetts. It lies at the western end of Newton near the intersection of interstate highways 90 and 95. It is bisected by the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90). Auburndale is surrounded by three other Newton villages (West Newton, Waban, and Newton Lower Falls) as well as the city of Waltham and the Charles River. Auburndale is the home of Williams and Burr elementary schools, as well as Lasell College. Auburndale Square is the location of the Plummer Memorial Library, which is run by the Auburndale Community Library and no longer affiliated with the Newton Free Library, the Turtle Lane Playhouse, and many small businesses.

Auburndale, Massachusetts
The Turtle Lane Playhouse
The Turtle Lane Playhouse
Auburndale, Massachusetts is located in Massachusetts
Auburndale, Massachusetts
Auburndale, Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°20′50″N 71°14′58″W / 42.34722°N 71.24944°WCoordinates: 42°20′50″N 71°14′58″W / 42.34722°N 71.24944°W
CountryUnited States
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)


The first major settler in the area was William Robinson who built a house in 1678 on what is now Freeman Street. The oldest house in Auburndale stands at 473 Auburn Street and was built in 1730 by William Robinson.[1]

Auburndale, once billed as Auburndale-on-the-Charles, was the home of Norumbega Park which closed in 1963. The park included rides, a zoo, and boating. The nationally-famous big band venue Totem Pole Ballroom was associated with Norumbega Park and closed in 1964.[2] The area now contains over 80 acres of conservation land as well as access to the Charles River.

National Register historic sites

Nineteen places in Auburndale are on the National Register of Historic Places, as follows

Image Site Name Street address Built/Founded/Comments Date
Auburndale Congregational Church-United Parish of Auburndale 64 Hancock St. ? October 4, 1986
Clark House 379 Central St. ? October 4, 1986
E. C. Hammond House 35 Groveland St. ? March 16, 1990
Harding House-Walker Missionary Home 161–163 Grove St. ? October 4, 1986
House at 203 Islington Road 203 Islington Rd. ? October 4, 1986
House at 102 Staniford Street 102 Staniford St. ? October 4, 1986
House at 2212 Commonwealth Avenue 2212 Commonwealth Ave. ? October 4, 1986
House at 230 Melrose Street 230 Melrose St. ? October 4, 1986
House at 307 Lexington Street 307 Lexington St. ? October 4, 1986
House at 31 Woodbine Street 31 Woodbine St. ? October 4, 1986
Lasell Neighborhood Historic District Roughly bounded by Woodland and Studio Rds., Aspen and Seminary Aves., and Grove St. Includes Lasell College. ? October 4, 1986
Old Shephard Farm 1832 Washington St., on city rolls as 39 Stanton Avenue ? October 4, 1986
Plummer Memorial Library 375 Auburn St. ? March 16, 1990
Riverside Concrete Company-Lamont's Market 2 Charles St. ? March 16, 1990
Rufus Estabrook House 33 Woodland Rd ? October 4, 1986
The Eminence 122 Islington Rd. ? October 4, 1986
Walker Home for Missionary Children 161-63, 165, 167 Grove St., 136, 138, 144 Hancock St. ? July 4, 1992
Whittemore's Tavern 473 Auburn St. ? October 4, 1986
Winslow-Haskell Mansion 53 Vista Ave. ? November 25, 1979

Local Historic District

Established in 2005, the Auburndale Historic District includes approximately 275 properties and encompasses two National Register Districts.[3][4]

Places of worship

Points of interest

  • Auburndale Cove Park & Playground, West Pine Street.[9][10]
  • Norumbega Park Conservation Area.[11]
  • Turtle Lane Playhouse, 283 Melrose Street[12]
  • Woodland Golf Club
  • Brae Burn Country Club
  • Charles River Canoe and Kayak Company

See also


  1. ^ Historic Auburndale, published by the Auburndale Community Association (1996)
  2. ^ Norumbega Park. Norumbega Park. Retrieved on 2011-04-09.
  3. ^ Lasell Neighborhood Association (LNA) Archived 2008-09-05 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2011-04-09.
  4. ^ City of Newton-Planning & Development. Retrieved on 2011-04-09.
  5. ^ Corpus Christi-St. Bernard Parish – Home. Retrieved on 2011-04-09.
  6. ^ Church – Episcopal Parish of the Messiah Newton MA Auburndale an anglocatholic faith community. (2011-03-22). Retrieved on 2011-04-09.
  7. ^ Welcome to Temple Reyim, A Congregation of Friends. Retrieved on 2011-04-09.
  8. ^ United Parish of Auburndale Faith is about learning. Retrieved on 2011-04-09.
  9. ^ City of Newton Archived July 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2011-04-09.
  10. ^ Auburndale Park. Newton Conservators. Retrieved on 2011-04-09.
  11. ^ Norumbega Park Conservation Area. Newton Conservators (2008-09-14). Retrieved on 2011-04-09.
  12. ^ Turtle Lane Playhouse. Retrieved on 2011-04-09.

External links

Media related to Auburndale, Massachusetts at Wikimedia Commons

Ada Langworthy Collier

Ada Langworthy Collier (December 23, 1843 - August 6, 1919; pen names Anna L. Cunningham and Marguerite) was a 19th-century American author from Iowa. She wrote sketches, short stories, poems, and several novels. Collier is remembered for Lilith, The Legend of the First Woman (1885).


Auburndale may refer to:

Auburndale, Alberta

Auburndale, Nova Scotia

Auburndale, Florida

Auburndale, Louisville, Kentucky, a neighborhood

Auburndale, Massachusetts

Auburndale station (MBTA)

Auburndale, Wisconsin

Auburndale (town), Wisconsin

Auburndale, Queens, a New York City neighborhood

Auburndale station (LIRR)

Auburndale, Alberta

Auburndale is an unincorporated area in Alberta, Canada.The community takes its name from Auburndale, Massachusetts, the native home of a first settler.

Auburndale, Queens

Auburndale is an upper-middle-class neighborhood in the northern part of the New York City borough of Queens, between Bayside and Murray Hill.

The name comes from Auburndale, Massachusetts, the home of L. H. Green who developed the community starting in 1901, when the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) started offering train service to the area. Today, the area is the site of the LIRR's Auburndale station on the Port Washington Branch, providing regular service to and from Manhattan.Auburndale is located in Queens Community District 11 and its ZIP Code is 11358. It is patrolled by the New York City Police Department's 111th Precinct.

Auburndale station (MBTA)

Auburndale is an MBTA Commuter Rail station in Auburndale, Massachusetts. It serves the Framingham/Worcester Line. It is located next to the Massachusetts Turnpike near Lasell College. The modern bare station platform, built in 1961, replaced a highly acclaimed 1881 depot building designed by H. H. Richardson. Commuter service at Auburndale is oriented towards rush hour service, but a handful of off-peak locals stop as well, as do all weekend trains.

A full renovation of the station for handicapped accessibility is planned. However, the project has attracted criticism because of concerns it will degrade service on the entire line.

Charles Edward Parker

Charles Edward Parker (1826-1890) was an American architect from Boston, Massachusetts.

Church of the Messiah

Church of the Messiah, or variants thereof, may refer to:

(sorted by state, then city/town)

Church of the Messiah, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Church of the Messiah (Louisville, Kentucky), listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in Jefferson County

Episcopal Parish of the Messiah (Auburndale, Massachusetts)

Church of the Messiah (St. Louis, Missouri), listed on the NRHP

Church of the Messiah (Glens Falls, New York), an episcopal church designed by John W. Summers, built between 1854 and 1865

Church of the Messiah (New York City), New York, a demolished Unitarian church

Church of the Messiah (Pulaski, Tennessee), listed on the NRHP in Giles County

Church of the Messiah (Toronto)

Church of the Messiah (Osun, Ile-Ife), Nigeria

Church of the Messiah, a Latter Day Saint sect organized by George J. Adams (1811–1880)

Episcopal Parish of the Messiah (Auburndale, Massachusetts)

The Episcopal Parish of the Messiah is a family-sized, Anglo-Catholic parish located in the village of Auburndale in Newton, Massachusetts, in the United States. Messiah is in the Charles River Deanery of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. The parish was founded in 1871, and is located at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Auburn Street. The Rev. Devin McLachlan was the 12th rector of the parish. The Rev. James R. La Macchia is the current rector.

Florida Friebus

Florida Friebus (October 10, 1909 – May 27, 1988) was an American writer and actress of stage, film, and television. Friebus's best-known roles were Winifred "Winnie" Gillis, the sympathetic mother of Dwayne Hickman's character Dobie Gillis on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,:267 and as Mrs. Lillian Bakerman on The Bob Newhart Show.

Friedel Dzubas

Friedel Dzubas (April 20, 1915 in Berlin, Germany – December 10, 1994 in Auburndale, Massachusetts) was a German-born American abstract painter.

George D. Rand

George Dutton Rand (24 May 1833 – 2 November 1910) was an American architect. He was a partnered with Frank W. Weston to form Weston & Rand, until Weston returned to England upon his mother's death. George D. Rand lived part of his life in Auburndale, Massachusetts. He designed his own New Hampshire bungalow.Rand was also one of the first major architects to work on designs of buildings for Rollins College.Rand was born in Coventry, Vermont on May 24, 1833. He was educated in Brownington and St. Johnsbury. He worked on a newspaper in Johnsbury and later became editor of the Caledonian. He studied architecture and worked in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1881 he partnered with Bertrand E. Taylor. He is known for Queen Anne architecture styling including steeply pitched rooflines and turned columns.

Gwendolyn Black

Gwendolyn McDonald Black (August 1, 1911 – February 28, 2005) was a Canadian musician, educator and community activist. She was the first woman from New Brunswick to become an Officer in the Order of Canada.The daughter of Nathaniel McDonald, a Methodist pastor, and Statira Preble, she was born Gwendolyn McDonald in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Her father died when she was six and her mother found a job at Lasell Junior College for Girls in Auburndale, Massachusetts, where Black grew up. She became an American citizen as a result. In 1929, she returned to Canada, earning a BMus at Mount Allison's Ladies College in 1932. She returned to the College soon afterwards to teach music. After her marriage in 1935, she continued to give private piano lessons and to perform in recitals and competitions.She married Joseph Laurence "Laurie" Black; they had four children.She frequently played for the Sackville branch of the Canadian Association for the Mentally Challenged. From 1970 to 1973, she was national president of the Canadian Federation of University Women. She served on the boards of the VON, the Children's Aid Society, the Sackville Memorial Hospital and the New Brunswick Commission on Federal Constituencies. She was named to the Order of Canada in 1974. In 2003, she received the Charles Frederick Allison Award for her contributions to Mount Allison University.She died in Sackville at the age of 93.

Harriet Lummis Smith

Harriet Lummis Smith (November 29, 1866 – May 9, 1947) was an American novelist and the first Black teacher in Boston Public Schools.

Indira Talwani

Indira Talwani (born October 6, 1960) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Lasell College

Lasell College (LC) is a private college in Auburndale, Massachusetts. Lasell offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional fields of study.

Lasell Neighborhood Historic District

The Lasell Neighborhood Historic District is a historic district roughly bounded by Woodland and Studio Roads, Aspen and Seminary Avenue, and Grove Street in Newton, Massachusetts village of Auburndale, Massachusetts. The area includes high-quality late-19th and early-20th century housing built in the area, and includes buildings on the campus of Lasell College, established as the Auburndale Female Seminary in 1851. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

Orchard Park station

Orchard Park station is a historic railway station located at Orchard Park in Erie County, New York. It was constructed in 1911 and served passenger trains until the 1950s.


Paydiant, Inc. is a financial services company owned by PayPal. It provides cloud-based services for merchants, banks, and point-of-sale and ATM providers. The company was incorporated in 2010 and is based in Auburndale, Massachusetts.

In 2011, Paydiant raised $7.6 million funding from North Bridge Venture Partners and General Catalyst Partners. Paydiant received a funding of $12 million and $15 million in 2012 and 2013 respectively.Paydiant has provided mobile wallet platforms for MCX.

In 2015, PayPal acquired Paydiant in a $280 million deal.


WLAS may refer to:

WLAS-LP, a low-power radio station (102.9 FM) licensed to serve Auburndale, Massachusetts, United States

WLAS-LP (defunct), a defunct low-power radio station (96.1 FM) formerly licensed to serve Bartow, Florida, United States

WSHY, a radio station (1410 AM) licensed to Lafayette, Indiana, United States, which held the call sign WLAS from August 2002 to May 2007

Municipalities and communities of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States


This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.