Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Massachusetts Bay Colony—Tercentenary Commission Markers series list.
 
Location. 42° 22.585′ N, 71° 7.187′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from Massachusetts Avenue. 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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cambridge MA 02138, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Christ Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington’s General Orders
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); These Cannon Were Abandoned (about 400 feet away); Gen. Thaddeus Kosciuszko (about 400 feet away); Gen. Casimir Pulaski (about 400 feet away); Washington Elm (about 500 feet away); Old Charlestown – Watertown Path (about 500 feet away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map 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
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.
and Company Journeying Through the Wilderness.
(Submitted on May 31, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 

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.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 754 times since then. Last updated on October 9, 2011, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 31, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement
Jan. 21, 2021