Industrial Eden: The Legacy of Haywardville

About Industrial Eden

Haywardville was a mill village located in Stoneham on the border of Melrose, Malden and Medford. Straddling Spot Pond Brook, the village was the site of early industrial development which later blossomed into larger factories. The best known was the Rubber-works which was developed by Nathaniel Hayward. The mills ultimately closed and the site was taken for use as the Middlesex Fells Reservation All buildings were relocated and the site restored to its picturesque appearance which it maintains today.

Industrial Eden is a yearlong celebration of this now vanished mill village. From walking tours with former residents to lectures about life, there is something for all ages in our programs. Be sure to check out the information below for more information about our schedule, Haywardville and much more.

Program Information

Schedule and Event Brochure: Click the image or click here for our program overview and event list.

Site Trail Map: Click the image or click here for a map of Haywardville as it exists today. The site is part of the Middlesex Fells Reservation and trail maps can be purchased at the Botume House in Stoneham.

Historical Images: Click the image or click here for a historical images of the buildings of Haywardville. This guide details buildings that were photographed in the late nineteenth century, along with early twentieth century photos of the Middlesex Fells Reservation. All images sources have been cited so you can locate the originals.

Event SponsorsThis program was sponsored by a generous grant by the Massachusetts Cultural Council through the Medford, Malden, Melrose and Stoneham Arts Council. In partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Tufts University, Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation and Mystic River Watershead Association.