Upham’s Corner is located in the northern section of Dorchester and as one of the oldest neighborhoods, played a role in many key events in American history. The first Puritan settlement in Dorchester occurred here in 1630; the North Burying Ground was established in 1634. The first supermarket, established in the 1920s, opened in Upham’s Corner. The neighborhood serves as a commercial district that forms an urban center for several surrounding residential neighborhoods dotted with historic homes, including Jones Hill, Meeting House Hill, and Mount Bowdoin. The historic Strand theater has played host to a variety of artists since it opened in 1918, including B.B. King, LL Cool J, and Phish. Housing is a mix of architecturally significant apartment buildings to streets that are lined with large, almost suburban houses such as those on Jones Hill. The area is often compared to an early version of Davis Square in nearby Somerville.
Upham’s Corner borders South Bay and the Polish Triangle neighborhoods of Dorchester to the north; Mount Bowdoin to the south; the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury to the west across the train tracks and Jones Hill to the east.