Dorchester

Boston's Largest Neighborhood

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Dorchester, Boston's largest neighborhood, is also one of its most diverse. Established in 1630, its rich historical significance has inspired traditions that still exist today, as generations of Bostonians continue to call Dorchester home.

Dorchester has been called home by many historic figures, and each of Dorchester's villages has played a part in its history: Mattapan, Neponset, Cedar Grove, Lower Mills, Peabody Square, Field's Corner/Commercial Point, Codman Square, Franklin Park/Franklin Field, Meeting-House Hill, Glover's Corner/Savin Hill, Grove Hall, Upham's Corner, and Edward Everett Square/Columbia. 

In addition to the Walter Baker & Co Chocolate Mill, Dorchester once contained the only powder-mill, the only paper-mill, the only cracker manufactory, and the only playing-card manufactory in the whole country.

Franklin Park, considered the "crown jewel" of Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace Park System, is located here. The Park features 527 acres of green space and walking paths, a zoo, and an 18-hole municipal golf course.

Bordered by the Neponset River and Boston Harbor, Dorchester residents enjoy the riverfront amenities of Pope John Paul II Park as well as harbor beaches and boating opportunities.

Neighborhood pride is strong in Dorchester, as former residents have been known to have gear proclaiming "OFD" - "Originally From Dorchester." While those who have chosen to remain here, calling Dorchester a place to live and work alike, are now known to boast a different acronym of “DBC” – “Dorchester By Choice”.  What a great choice it is.

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