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Cambridge in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Way to Charlestown

1630 – 1930

 
 
Way to Charlestown Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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. A significant historical year for this entry is 1636.
 
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. Cambridge Soldiers and Sailors Monument (within shouting distance
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of this marker); An Gorta Mór - The Great Hunger (within shouting distance of this marker); Cambridge Common (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Christ Church (about 300 feet away); Old Cambridge (about 300 feet away); Old Cambridge / Religion and Government in the Early History of Cambridge (about 400 feet away); Route of William Dawes (about 400 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
Wider View Across Cambridge Common image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
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.) 

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.) 
 
View Toward Southeast image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Roger W. Sinnott, May 31, 2011
3. View Toward Southeast
Massachusetts Avenue and Harvard Yard are in the background.
 
 
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 969 times since then and 46 times this year. 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.

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