Beacon Hill: Gaslight & Greenery

Boston’s Beacon Hill district evokes nostalgia for the traditional Early American Christmas, reminiscent of Currier and Ives paintings. Centuries-old brick homes hung with wreathes and street lamps wrapped in pine boughs are the stuff of a Charles Dickens-era Christmas and it can be yours too.

If you love the 19th century look of Beacon Hill, you can achieve it with three materials: greenery, gaslight and brick!


The quickest and easiest is fresh greenery. Evergreen boughs of various varieties offer one the most time-honored and natural decorations of the winter holiday season. There is nothing like the scent of fresh conifers to bring holiday cheer home in the cold winter days of December. You can create your own wreaths, roping and garlands by purchasing fresh clippings from local garden centers. Some Christmas tree vendors even offer their cuttings, free for the asking.

The only supplies you will need are floral wire, gloves and pruning clippers. The range of decorations is limited only by your imagination.

Martha Stewart provides an amazing visual catalog of the types of greenery available for decoration indoors and out.

For more information and how-to guides, check out this site for great instructions and videos. It’s not too late to start this fun new family tradition!

If your budget permits, consider buying fresh wreaths and roping online.  There are many sources.  Check out  Echo Hill Farms or Lynch Creek Wreaths,  for example, if only to oo-and-ah at the amazing assortments.

Garlands From Echo Hill Farms


With its gas lamp lined streets, Beacon Hill creates the atmosphere we have come to appreciate as the traditional mood of the winter holidays.

Image courtesy of John Jakle, City Lights: Illuminating the American Night, 2001.

If you already have gaslight then you know how much value this soft inviting light adds to your property.  If you don’t, this winter may be the year to take a look at this classic and charming upgrade.

Brick and gaslight go together like a horse and carriage, so even if it is not an option for this year, its something to consider in the future to to add lasting beauty, visual warmth and value to your home year-round.

American Gas Lamp Works and Benvelo Gas & Electric Lighting offer stunning galleries you can browse. More than period lamps and posts, lamps can be at gates and entranceways and in gardens, pools and patios. And outdoor lighting is more than a decoration, it can provide much needed safety and security for residents and as a deterrent for intruders.


For the main material, brick, you’ve come to the right place. Pine Hill Brick offers our special Beacon Hill line of brick—inspired by the Boston community—in an unparalleled  choice of styles, color and shapes to create the perfect space for year round elegance outdoors. Browse our website and Pinterest Pages for galleries of ideas to inspire you.

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