Explore the Sacred Landscape of New England

Envision the moment when you have time on your hands and can plan a trip to an oasis of peace in the urban landscape, an active religious community, or a historic landmark of the rich religious history of this area.

Consider the moment when visiting friends and relatives ask you to be their guide to the spiritual landscape or religious history of the Cambridge/Boston area. Where can you find directions, phone numbers, web addresses, and basic information?

This guide from Andover-Harvard's reference collection will help you find peaceful places in nature or a religious site in the Cambridge/Boston area and beyond:

Riess, Jana. The Spiritual Traveler: Boston and New England. [Ref. F73.18.R54 2002]

Some of the local landmarks mentioned include the following:

  • African Meeting House—oldest surviving African American church building in the United States
  • Boston Common—America's oldest public park
  • King's Chapel—New England's first Anglican and first Unitarian congregation
  • Christian Science Center—includes the Mother Church
  • Arnold Arboretum—part of Boston's Emerald Necklace
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery—America's first garden cemetery
  • Cambridge Zen Center—the Boston area's oldest residential Zen center
  • MIT Chapel—designed by Eero Saarinen

Other guide books in our reference collection that include information about sacred spaces and retreat centers in different parts of the United States and Canada, and on other continents are:

Jones, Timothy. A Place for God: A Guide to Spiritual Retreats and Retreat Centers. [Ref. BV5068.R4 J66 2000]

Hughes, James J., and Victoria D. Hughes. Overnight or Short Stay at Religious Houses Around the World. [Ref. BV5068.R4 O84 1995]