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

Oldest House in Cambridge

1630 – 1930

 
 
Oldest House in Cambridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, May 31, 2011
1. Oldest House in Cambridge Marker
Inscription. At Number 21 Linnaean Street is the Cooper-Austin House built in 1657 at what was then the northern end of the Cambridge Cow Common, by John Cooper, selectman, town clerk, and deacon of the church.
 
Erected 1930 by the Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Massachusetts Bay Colony—Tercentenary Commission Markers marker series.
 
Location. 42° 23.096′ N, 71° 7.174′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 2A) and Linnaean Street, on the right when traveling south on Massachusetts Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is between Porter Square and Harvard Square. 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. Revolutionary War Skirmish (approx. 0.4 miles away); Christ Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Way to Charlestown (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Charlestown – Watertown Path (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx.
Marker Beside Massachusetts Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, May 31, 2011
2. Marker Beside Massachusetts Avenue
The marker, which reads the same on both sides, sits by the yard of a modern apartment complex that is unrelated to it.
0.6 miles away); Washington’s General Orders (approx. 0.6 miles away); Washington First Took Command (approx. 0.6 miles away); These Cannon Were Abandoned (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
 
Regarding Oldest House in Cambridge. The 1930 inscription appears to need revision. More recent research has dated much of the house’s structure to Samuel Cooper in 1681, and it is now known as the Cooper-Frost-Austin House. But it is still believed to be the oldest house in Cambridge.
 
Also see . . .
1. Cooper-Frost-Austin House. This Wikipedia entry helps explain why the house has been known by different names and dates. (Submitted on June 2, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 

2. Cambridge Visiting information. (Submitted on June 2, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.)
3. Historical Markers Erected by Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission (1930). Original 1930 publication by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of Tercentenary Commission Markers, commemorating the three hundredth anniversary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (Submitted on June 2, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.)
Oldest House Itself image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, June 2, 2011
3. Oldest House Itself
Located several blocks west of the marker, Cambridge’s oldest house is at 21 Linnaean Street. Today it is called the Cooper-Frost-Austin House.
 

4. 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 EraMan-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 2, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 609 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 2, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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