Cambridge in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Oldest House in Cambridge
1630 – 1930
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. 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.)
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 Era • Man-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 633 times since then and 17 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.