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A will to learn

Milton widow left a unique estate — and mandate to explore it

Students from the JFK Elementary School in Jamaica Plain visited the 23-acre Wakefield estate in Milton at the end of the school year to learn about science and nature, while teens (bottom right) took part in a two-week archeological dig on the property. Students from the JFK Elementary School in Jamaica Plain visited the 23-acre Wakefield estate in Milton at the end of the school year to learn about science and nature, while teens (bottom right) took part in a two-week archeological dig on the property. (Photos By Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe)
By Johanna Seltz
Globe Correspondent / July 25, 2010

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M ILTON — When 90-year-old Mary May “Polly’’ Binney Wakefield died in 2004, she left behind a 23-acre estate that had been in her family for almost 300 years, and all they’d collected in that time — everything from towering piles of junk mail to leather-bound books dating from the 1600s. (Full article: 952 words)

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