“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cambridge in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

Way to Charlestown

1630 – 1930

Way to Charlestown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, May 31, 2011
1. Way to Charlestown Marker
Inscription. Washington Street, Somerville, and Kirkland and Brattle Streets, Cambridge, "Skirting marshes and river," follow the old Indian trail from Charlestown to Watertown. Along this way in 1636 went the Reverend Thomas Hooker and his congregation on their exodus from Cambridge to Hartford in Connecticut.
Erected 1930 by Massachusetts Bay Colony-Tercentenary Commission.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Massachusetts Bay Colony—Tercentenary Commission Markers marker series.
Location. 42° 22.585′ N, 71° 7.187′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from Massachusetts Avenue. Click for map. Marker is on the right when traveling south on Massachusetts Avenue (State Route 2A) toward Harvard Square. Marker is on the east side of Cambridge Common. Marker is in this post office area: Cambridge MA 02138, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington’s General Orders (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); These Cannon Were Abandoned (about 400 feet away); Gen. Thaddeus Kosciuszko (about 400 feet away); Gen. Casimir Pulaski
Wider View Across Cambridge Common image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, May 31, 2011
2. Wider View Across Cambridge Common
The marker is mounted on one end of a small brick utility building.
(about 400 feet away); Washington First Took Command (about 500 feet away); Old Charlestown – Watertown Path (about 500 feet away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (about 600 feet away); Christ Church (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Cambridge.
Regarding Way to Charlestown. Charlestown is a suburb of Boston lying northeast of Cambridge. Watertown is another suburb in the opposite direction, toward southwest from here, and that would be the way to get to Connecticut.

Rev. Thomas Hooker believed that a democratic government should extend voting privileges to more people than just property owners. This view put him at odds with colonial authorities in Massachusetts in the 1630s, so Hooker and about 100 followers set off for Connecticut and founded the town of Hartford. Today, he is often called the Father of Connecticut.
Also see . . .
1. Thomas Hooker. This Wikipedia entry includes Frederick Church's 1846 painting, Hooker and Company Journeying Through the Wilderness. (Submitted on May 31, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.)
View Toward Southeast image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, May 31, 2011
3. View Toward Southeast
Massachusetts Avenue and Harvard Yard are in the background.

2. Tercentenary Commission. Original 1930 publication by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Tercentenary Commission, commemorating the 300th anniversary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (Submitted on May 31, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 

3. Cambridge Historical Society. The Cambridge Historical Society has been a repository of history and culture for over 100 years. We are an active non-profit organization and are dedicated to promoting an interest in all aspects of the history and heritage of Cambridge. (Submitted on September 8, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.) 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 583 times since then and 84 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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