The Love Lane Area, documented by the Weston Historical Commission in 1994, includes the following properties:
109, 125 Highland Street
16, 26, 31, 46 [demolished], 55, 77, 85, 98, 99, 106, 107 Love Lane
For the full 1994 area form text, data sheets, and photographs, see the Mass. Historical Commission Love Lane Area Form (PDF).
About the Area
Love Lane is one of the best examples in Weston of an narrow scenic road where the early 20th century rural character of the town has been preserved. Particularly at the southern end, beginning at the sharp bend in the road, the ensemble of 19th century farmhouses and early 20th century estates is enhanced by many acres of undeveloped land preserved as open hay fields, woodlands, and horse paddocks. Stone walls, both historic and contemporary, contribute to the streetscape.
The Dickson estate, with its Shingle Style mansion and a total of seven early 20th century outbuildings including one of Weston’s largest remaining horse barns. This barn continues to be used for boarding of horses, which can be seen in horse paddocks along the street and in a riding ring.
The Freeman/Paine estate includes a Shingle Style mansion set within a significant landscape featuring unusual specimen trees and a “hen’s tooth or balancing wall” of large single boulders, one of only two examples of this type of wall in Weston.
Learn about the architectural styles of some of the historical homes found along this scenic road.
The Love Lane Area exemplifies a major shift in land use which took place in Weston in the late 19th and early 20th century, as family farms were bought by wealthy city dwellers and turned into summer estates and “gentlemen’s farms.”