Oak Square’s Hollow Namesake

The Great White Oak stood in the center of Oak Square, in today’s Allston-Brighton.

The Oak, determined the largest white oak in the Commonwealth in 1837 survived into the mid 1850s. Before it was taken down, it was noted, “The cavity of the trunk is capable of sheltering twenty children at one time, as is well known to have been the case.” For a visual comparison, here’s the 1855 class of the Oak Square School.

oak square school students 1855 class

See more images of Oak Square and some beautiful maps at the website of the Brighton-Allston Historical Society.

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