David S. Lynch Memorial Park, more frequently called Lynch has been an immense part of my life growing up in Massachusetts. Its history points back to the Revolutionary War, June of 1774, when the British closed the Boston Harbor and the sixteen acres of land were called Woodbury’s Point. The Beverly Harbor, known as the “Birthplace of the American Navy” was the location of distribution of British supply lines. Woodbury Point’s fort was important in protecting the land.
In the early 1900’s many of Boston’s wealthy moved up along the coast of Beverly and built gorgeous summer homes. President Taft was in office when he leased the Stetson cottage that once stood on today’s beautiful rose garden. Taft signed the “Treaty of Beverly” which laid the foundation for future U.S tariff policies. Till this day, Beverly Massachusetts is known around the world as the “Garden City and Summer Capital of the United States”. The cottage that once was in Beverly was moved to Marblehead and the rose garden has since been a location of many weddings and family events.
When I was young, my parents used to take my brother and I to Lynch Park to play on the jungle-gym and collect sea shells. Every once and a while we would sit by the water front looking into the garden and see two people vow to be together for the rest of their lives. Each wedding completely different, once it was a motorcycle bikers wedding, another was an Indian family in Saree traditional clothing, and many other traditional white dress black suite weddings. All were extremely interesting to watch.
This park is now used for recreational camps over the summer, family cookouts, concerts on the commons, and much more. It’s a place many people come together on a warm day to enjoy the fresh air. It has one of the most beautiful views of the water from the top and holds a huge place in my heart.
By Lior Shemesh