Olmsted Sign Recovered in Woods

The sign will be repaired and reposted.


Almost a week after the Olmsted Historic District sign vanished, it was recovered.

Swampscott Recreation Director Danielle Strauss got a call on Sunday from a paintball player who saw the sign in the woods behind Nason Road.

The director loaded the sign into her SUV on Sunday and brought it to Town Hall on Monday.

Public Works Director Gino Cresta is keeping the sign in the garage at Town Hall.

Facilities Coordinator Rich Baldacci inspected it. He will construct a new frame for the sign as well as new posts before it is reinstalled.

The sign itself is salvageable.

On Oct. 29, the sign was noticed on the ground in the traffic island at Paradise and Walker Roads.

Tuesday it was gone.

The town planner went on the trail of the missing sign. He put out word that it was missing and that the town wanted to recover it.

The sign is one of three in town welcoming visitors to the Olmsted Historic District.

Another one is posted on the Town Hall lawn near the corner of Burrill Street and Monument Avenue.

The three signs mark the subdivision laid out on the former Mudge Estate by Frederick Law Olmsted, said Swampscott historian Lou Gallo.

Olmsted also laid out The Emerald Necklace in Boston and Central Park in NYC.

Swampscott's Olmsted Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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