Presentation / Discussion:
Learn the history of this railroad line built in the
1840s from Boston to Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and under the guidance of businessman Alvah Crocker. Because the Fitchburg Railroad led right past Walden Pond, its trains and the name of its city are often linked with that of Henry David Thoreau. The naturalist wrote of both in
Walden. Thoreau used the Fitchburg Railroad on at least 20
occasions, and almost always “botanized” from its car windows during his
travels. This presentation will focus on the background history of Fitchburg, the development of its railroad line, and the crucial relationship Thoreau had with both.
This is a talk with
computer slides. It can be tailored to location, especially any lying
along the route. It can also be done without the focus on Thoreau's
relationship with the line. 60-90 minutes or more.
Hosts of past talks include
the Fitchburg (MA) Public Library and the Boxborough (MA) Historical
Society. My speaking fee is negotiable and may also depend upon travel