The Friends of Stonehurst advocates to preserve, protect and enhance this special place for public enjoyment and and forever. As advocates with passion and knowledge about this unique resource and its meaningful place in our national story, we build support for the estate by educating elected officials and the public on successes and challenges of the estate. We draw broad community support to foster a collaborative environment and open doors to all.  

The estate is now facing its greatest challenge since its transfer from private to public ownership in 1974. 

The Waltham School Committee is considering taking protected conservation land from this National Historic Landmark for a new high school should their top choice fall through.

A new Coalition to Preserve the Paine Estate is now quickly mobilizing and has created a petition. In close partnership with the Waltham Land Trust, we are building a group of local and regional supporters who recognize the broader implications of these competing municipal interests. 

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Read a legal argument against the proposal to destroy and develop the land.

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This City commission clarifies historical facts and opposes the land taking. 

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Friends of STonehurst, Nov 2017

Even prior to the current proposal to take 13 acres or more from the Paine Estate, the Friends of Stonehurst opposed the taking of Chesterbrook Woods parcel.

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Waltham Land Trust, Nov 2017

The Waltham Land Trust opposed the taking of the Chesterbrook Woods parcel in tandem with us.