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    Tour Watertown Massachusetts

    Watertown is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, founded by English settlers in 1630, most of whom were part of the famous fleet of Gov Winthrop.

    Watertown Founders Monument

    Near Watertown Square on the north bank of the Charles stands today a handsome Founders’ Monument, featuring a life-size statue of Saltonstall. In fact, the town was first referred to a Saltonstall Plantation. A list and details about all 116 town founders can be found here.

    In 1632 the residents of Watertown protested against being compelled to pay a tax for the erection of a stockade fort at Cambridge; this was the first protest in America against taxation without representation and led to the establishment of representative democracy in the colony.

    Revolutionary War Years

    Watertown was place of much excitement during the early part of the American Revolutionary War period. In 1773, many of its citizens were engaged in another tax protest, this time the British Tea Tax and the resulting Boston Tea Party rebellion.

    In April 1775, some 134 Watertown minutemen responded to the alarm from Lexington to turn back the British attempt to sieze colonial munitions. Many of these same men, plus many more were then part of the first battle line formed in the resulting siege of Boston.

    The first postrider, to carry the news on the results of the British attack was Israel Bissel who rode all the way to Connecticut, New York and Philadelphia with the cry for assistance for Massachusetts.

    At about this same time, the Massachusetts Provincial Assembly moved into the Edmund Fowle House (pictued right) in order to continue legislating important colonial affairs and organizing the resistance to the British Imperial Forces. This house was the place of signing of the America's first ever treaty with a foreign power, the Treaty of Watertown, July 19, 1776, just days after declaring independence.

    Historic Sites

  • Armenian Library and Museum of America at 65 Main Street in the former Coolidge Bank building
  • Hairenik Association at 80 Bigelow Avenue
  • Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library, on the campus of the Perkins School for the Blind
  • Watertown Free Public Library[28] at 123 Main Street, in a newly renovated and expanded building
  • New Repertory Theatre is the resident professional theatre company at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street
  • The Plumbing Museum, located at 80 Rosedale Road in a former ice house next to the J.C. Cannistraro corporate offices
  • The Edmund Fowle House (1772) and Museum, at 28 Marshall St., the second oldest surviving house in Watertown (after the Browne House)
  • The Abraham Browne House (built circa 1694-1701) is a colonial house located at 562 Main Street. It is now a nonprofit museum operated by Historic New England and open to the public two afternoons a year.
  • Gore Place is an early 19th century historic house museum and National Historic Landmark in Waltham, Massachusetts, with 31.6 acres of the 45-acre estate located in Watertown.
  • The Watertown Arsenal was a major American arsenal located on the northern shore of the Charles River in Watertown. Its site is now registered on the ASCE's List of Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks and on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
  • Watertown Founders Monument - commemorates town's founding in 1630 and 116 early prominent settlers.
  • Ridgelawn Cemetery is located on Highland Avenue
  • Arlington St Cemetery ( Old Burial Ground ) is located at Mt. Auburn St at Arlington St, and Grove St - 482 early internments.
  • Common Street Cemetery is located at Mt. Auburn St and Common St
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery, founded in 1831, consists of 151.1 acres of well manicured grounds with numerous species of both indigenous and exotic tree and shrub species. It is Watertown’s largest contiguous open space and extends into Cambridge to the east. Parking is available for visitors.


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