Episode 19: A Tale of Two Hermits

This week’s episode examines two people who chose to live as hermits in and around Boston.  When you think of a hermit, your mental image is probably a monk or an aging eccentric in a cabin in the woods somewhere.  But our subjects this week sought out that kind of solitary existence among the hustle and bustle of the growing city of Boston in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  James Gately was known as the Hermit of Hyde Park, and Ann Winsor Sherwin was the Hermit of Boston Harbor.  Listen to the show to meet these unique characters!

A Tale of Two Hermits

  • The location of Gately’s first hut is at the corner of Huntington and River Street in this 1879 Hyde Park map.
  • This article reprinted from the Boston Advertiser describes hermit James Gately as a “second Thoreau.”
  • You can walk in Gately’s shoes in the 475 acre Stony Brook Reservation.
  • A photo gallery of Ann Winsor Sherwin and the schooner Snetind.

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