Meeting House Hill
Meeting House Hill is one of the oldest, historic neighborhoods in Dorchester settled by the Colonists. It is home to the First Parish Church established in 1631 as well as the Mather School, the oldest public elementary school in North America (established in 1639). Meeting House Hill includes Ronan Park, an 11-acre park that is the highest point in Dorchester. The area’s sweeping views of the Boston Harbor inspired the famous poem, “Meeting-House Hill” in 1920. Many artists have painted the view from the summit while the American Impressionist painter Childe Hassam grew up on Olney Street in the mid-1800s, and raved about the view in his later writings. The hilltop area is quintessential New England with a town common and church surrounded by a green. The area includes buildings ranging from the late 1600s to the mid-1800s, including a cluster of Queen Anne and Colonial Revival homes built after 1875.
Meeting House Hill is located in central Dorchester with Upham's Corner to the north; Fields Corner to the south; Savin Hill to the east and Mount Bowdoin to the west.