Boasting several historic homes, schools, and churches, West Newton is most notable for its ties to New England history. Notable former residents include Nathaniel Hawthorne, Timothy Leary, and Matt Damon. The Newton Free Library is also located in West Newton. The carriage lane of Commonwealth Avenue – from the Newton Marriott to Boston College — like a recreation path. It’s not uncommon to see runners, groups of walkers, moms with strollers, and cyclists there throughout the day. Avid cyclists who visit the area should certainly check out Harris Cyclery, a popular local cycling shop.