Convalescent Home for Children – History Mystery, June 2014

June 14, 2014 Question

Any idea where these children are headed in Wellesley, or what they have in common?

June 28, 2014 Answer

These children are traveling to The Convalescent Home for Children, a Wellesley institution that provided education, religious instruction and recreation for patients during their convalescence. Parents’ visiting hours were between 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturdays! The Home was established in 1869 by Boston Children’s Hospital in a small house in Wellesley and later moved to Forest Street near the Needham border, where it operated until 1959.  At its peak, the Home treated more than 250 sick children per year.  The former building is now Forest Hall, a residential building for Babson College.