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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Middlesex County, Massachusetts

 
Clickable Map of Middlesex County, Massachusetts and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Middlesex County, MA (346) Essex County, MA (279) Norfolk County, MA (102) Suffolk County, MA (507) Worcester County, MA (343) Hillsborough County, NH (38)  MiddlesexCounty(346) Middlesex County (346)  EssexCounty(279) Essex County (279)  NorfolkCounty(102) Norfolk County (102)  SuffolkCounty(507) Suffolk County (507)  WorcesterCounty(343) Worcester County (343)  HillsboroughCountyNew Hampshire(38) Hillsborough County (38)
Lowell and Cambridge are both the county seat for Middlesex County
Adjacent to Middlesex County, Massachusetts
      Essex County (279)  
      Norfolk County (102)  
      Suffolk County (507)  
      Worcester County (343)  
      Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (38)  
 
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1Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Acton — Captain John Heald1630 - 1930
On Carlisle Road, 0.6 miles north of Main Street (Massachusetts Route 27), on the left when traveling east.
Here was the home of Captain John Heald, first selectman of Acton, who on April 19, 1689, marched to Boston with a military company to assist in the overthrow of Sir Edmund Andros.Map (db m48826) HM
2Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Acton — Captain Thomas Wheeler House1630 - 1930
On Alcott Street, 0.2 miles south of Concord Road.
Site of first house in Acton, built by Captain Thomas Wheeler in 1668. He was commissioned to keep fifty cattle for the inhabitants and at night protect them in a yard from wild beasts. He was wounded by the Indians in King Philip's War.Map (db m48823) HM
3Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Acton — Faulkner Homestead1630 - 1930
On High Street (Massachusetts Route 27) close to Main Street (Local Route .01), on the right.
Site of garrison house built before 1700. Opposite, Ammi Ruhamah Faulkner had his saw and grist mill and woolen mill in 1735.Map (db m48819) HM
4Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Arlington — Arlington Reservoir
Near Park Circle, on the left when traveling north.
On this site Arlington erected a standpipe 1894 The Metropolitan Water Works acquired the standpipe and began to supply water to Arlington 1899 From the standpipe were also supplied Lexington 1903 Belmont 1909 The first standpipe . . . Map (db m50842) HM
5Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Arlington — Captain Cooke’s Mill Lane1630 – 1930
On Massachusetts Avenue (U.S. 3) at Water Street, on the right when traveling west on Massachusetts Avenue.
The road to Captain Cooke’s grist mill, built in 1638; the first water mill in this vicinity.Map (db m43050) HM
6Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Arlington — Cooper’s Tavern
On Massachusetts Avenue (U.S. 3) at Medford Street, on the right when traveling west on Massachusetts Avenue.
Here stood Cooper’s Tavern, in which Jabez Wyman and Jason Winship were killed by the British April 19, 1775.Map (db m18137) HM
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7Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Arlington — House of John Cutter
On Massachusetts Ave at Mill St, on the right when traveling west on Massachusetts Ave.
Site of the house of John Cutter. Set on fire during the British retreat, April 19, 1775.Map (db m18140) HM
8Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Arlington — Jason Russell House1630 – 1930
On Jason Street, on the right when traveling south.
Built by Martha, widow of William Russell, about 1680. Occupied until 1890 by her descendants, of whom Jason Russell lost his life in the conflict of April 19, 1775.Map (db m43052) HM
9Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Arlington — Old Men of Menotomy
On Massachusetts Avenue (U.S. 3) at Pleasant Street (Massachusetts Route 60), on the right when traveling east on Massachusetts Avenue.
At this spot on April 19, 1775 the Old Men of Menotomy captured a convoy of eighteen soldiers with supplies on its way to join the British at Lexington.Map (db m18138) HM
10Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Arlington — Samuel Whittemore
On Massachusetts Avenue (U.S. 3) at Mystic Street (Massachusetts Route 60), on the right when traveling west on Massachusetts Avenue.
Near this spot Samuel Whittemore, then 80 years old, killed three British soldiers April 19, 1775. He was shot, bayoneted, beaten and left for dead, but recovered and lived to be 98 years of age.Map (db m18142) HM
11Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Arlington — The Foot of the Rocks
On Massachusetts Avenue at Lowell Street, on the right when traveling west on Massachusetts Avenue.
1635 Menotomy 1807 West Cambridge 1867 Arlington This park is dedicated by the people of Arlington to the memory of Colonial Minutemen and British soldiers who met here in the first great battle of the Revolutionary War. British troops in retreat . . . Map (db m18613) HM
12Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Arlington — The Foot of the Rocks
On Massachusetts Avenue at Lowell Street, on the right when traveling west on Massachusetts Avenue.
In this neighborhood “The Foot of the Rocks” Henry Wellington, a commissioned officer of the War of 1812-14, and his wife Eliza Teele, natives of this town, made their home in 1819; in honor of his parents, and ancestors, this memorial . . . Map (db m18615) HM
13Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Arlington — Whittemore Park
On Massachusetts Avenue (U.S. 3) at Mystic Street (Massachusetts Route 60), on the right when traveling west on Massachusetts Avenue.
“Uncle Sam”           The birthplace of Samuel Wilson once stood near the main crossroad of the Northwest parish of Cambridge, the center of the district known as Menotomy. Wilson, born on September 13, 1766, was only eight when . . . Map (db m45243) HM
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14Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Ashby — Near this spot was the residence and garrison of John Fitch
On Richardson Road at South Road, in the median on Richardson Road.
Near this spot was the residence and garrison of John Fitch, for whom Fitchburg was named.On the 5th of July 1748 he was attacked by Indians and after a hot fight, in which the two soldiers with him were killed, he was captured with his whole family . . . Map (db m132882) HM
15Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Ashland — Ashland Town Hall
On Main Street south of Pleasant Street, on the right when traveling south.
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Built in 1855Map (db m198144) HM
16Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Ayer — Camp Stevens Muster Ground
Near Groton-Shirley Road north of Fitchburg Road (Massachusetts Route 21), on the left when traveling north.
Camp Stevens muster ground of the 53d Regt. M.V.I. Mustered in Sept 1862 Mustered out Sept 1863 Erected 1915Map (db m175351) HM
17Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Belmont — In Memory of the Men of Belmont
On Concord Avenue at Pleasant Street (Massachusetts Route 60), on the right when traveling west on Concord Avenue.
who died to save the Union 1861 1865 • Lieut. John Locke Co. F 40th Regt N.Y. Vols • Lieut. Jas. McGinnis Co. H 48th Regt Mass. Vols • William H. Benson Co. H 2nd Regt U.S.S. • Albert C. Frost Co. C 15th Regt Mass. Vols • Charles . . . Map (db m198141) WM
18Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Billerica — Billerica1630 - 1930
On Concord Road.
Early name Shawshin, originally a part of Cambridge, set off as a town in 1655. Named after Billerica in Essex.Map (db m48832) HM
19Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Billerica — Danforth Homestead1630 - 1930
On Boston Road close to River Street.
Site of homestead of Captain Jonathan Danforth, pioneer of Billerica and famous surveyor. "He rode the circuit, chain'd great towns and farms to good behavior; and by well worked stations he fixed their bounds for many generations. "Map (db m104020) HM
20Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Billerica — John Rogers Homestead1630 - 1930
On Billerica Avenue just north of Hickory Lane, on the right when traveling north.
Near this spot stood the John Rogers homestead, which was destroyed in the Indian massacre of 1695, and the entire family killed.Map (db m48838) HM
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21Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Boxborough — Henderson Inches Sawmill
On Liberty Square Road, 0.2 miles north of Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 111), on the left when traveling north.
Henderson Inches operated a sawmill on this site circa 1806–1865. The mill was used to clear his large oak woods which extended east and west of this location. The mill foundation, millrace and dam are visible before you. Henry David . . . Map (db m108986) HM
22Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Cambridge1630 - 1930
On Massachusetts Avenue at Dunster Street, on the right when traveling south on Massachusetts Avenue.
Location chosen in 1630 to be the capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Settled in 1631 under leadership of Thomas Dudley and called the New Town. The College ordered to be here, 1637. Name changed to Cambridge after the English University Town, . . . Map (db m48824) HM
23Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Christ Church
On Garden Street west of Massachussetts Avenue, on the left when traveling west.
Oldest church building in Cambridge. Built in 1760. Occupied by Continental troops in 1775.Map (db m117362) HM
24Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Davenport Car Manufactory
On Main Street at Osborne Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street.
Site of the factory of Charles Davenport Pioneer of railroad car development Builder of carriages and stages 1832 – 1857Map (db m49748) HM
25Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — First Long-Distance Phone Call
On Main Street at Osborne Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street.
From this site on October 9, 1876 the first two-way long distance telephone conversation was carried on for three hours. From here in Cambridgeport Thomas G. Watson spoke over a telegraph wire to Alexander Graham Bell at the office of the Walworth . . . Map (db m49766) HM
26Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Fourth Meeting House
On Massachusetts Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
Site of the Fourth Meeting House built in 1756. Here Washington worshipped in 1775. Constitutional Convention of Massachusetts held here in 1779. Lafayette welcomed here in 1824.Map (db m77777) HM
27Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Gen. Casimir Pulaski
On Garden Street, on the right when traveling west.
To the memory of Gen. Casimir Pulaski, Polish Patriot who fought for freedom on two continents. He volunteered his services to the Continental Army of the U. S. For distinguished service at the Battle of Brandywine, he was appointed a Brigadier . . . Map (db m18166) HM
28Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Gen. Thaddeus Kosciuszko
On Garden Street, on the right when traveling west.
To the memory of Gen. Thaddeus Kosciuszko, Polish Patriot • Hero of two continents • Champion of Liberty and the rights of man • He came to America in 1776 and volunteered his services for the cause of American Revolution • His valor and genius . . . Map (db m18167) HM
29Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Harriet A. JacobsAbolitionist, Author, and Women's Rights Advocate — c. 1813-1897 —
On Story Street at Mt. Auburn Street, on the right when traveling south on Story Street.
Harriet A. Jacobs was born into slavery in Edenton, North Carolina, to Delilah Horniblow and Daniel Jacobs. Harriet and her brother John (who later lectured for the abolitionist movement) were orphaned at an early age and passed down to . . . Map (db m176358) HM
30Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Hollis Hall
Near Massachusetts Avenue.
Built by the Province of The Massachusetts Bay in New England, in 1763 Named in honor of Thomas Hollis of London, Merchant, and other members of the same family, constant and generous benefactors of Harvard College from 1719 to 1804 . . . Map (db m109037) HM
31Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Jake & Earl's Dixie BBQ
Historic Plaque On this spot stood Jake & Earl's Dixie BBQ A favorite hangout of local patriots Destroyed by a regiment of British troops in the spring of 1775. Officially not on the Freedom Trail, it was still one of Paul Revere's . . . Map (db m70038) HM
32Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Massachusetts Hall
Near Massachusetts Avenue at Church Street, on the right when traveling north.
Built by the Province 1720 Occupied by the American Army 1775-1776 Used for students’ rooms until 1870-1871Map (db m176992) HM
33Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Old Burying Ground
On Massachusetts Avenue at Garden Street, on the right when traveling south on Massachusetts Avenue.
Burial place of early settlers Tory landowners and slaves Soldiers · Presidents of Harvard and prominent men of Cambridge 1635Map (db m176995) HM
34Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Old Cambridge Baptist ChurchA Progressive Peace and Justice Congregation — Founded in 1844 —
On Massachusetts Avenue north of Arrow Street, on the right when traveling north.
This building, designed by Alexander Esty and constructed between 1867 and 1870, has been listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places since 1982. All who enter here are welcome!Map (db m177013) HM
35Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Old Charlestown – Watertown Path
On Garden Street, on the right when traveling west.
Reverend Thomas Hooker and his congregation took this path on their exodus from Cambridge in 1636. The strong bent of their spirits caused them to seek new lands and eventually to found Hartford in Connecticut. second marker: View of . . . Map (db m44255) HM
36Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Oldest House in Cambridge1630 – 1930
On Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 2A) at Linnaean Street, on the right when traveling south on Massachusetts Avenue.
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.Map (db m43049) HM
37Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Prof. John Winthrop
On Mt. Auburn Street at John F. Kennedy Street, on the left when traveling east on Mt. Auburn Street.
The greatest American mathematician and philosopher of his time, a fellow of the Royal Society, lived here from 1746 to 1779 1714-1779Map (db m177014) HM
38Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Route of William Dawes
On Massachusetts Avenue at Garden Street, on the right when traveling south on Massachusetts Avenue.
Past this place at midnight, April 18-19, 1775, rode at the gallop William Dawes, member of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company and first rider to alert the Minutemen that the British were marching on Lexington and Concord. Route of William . . . Map (db m177009) HM
39Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Sir Richard's Landing
On Gerry's Landing Road at Greenough Boulevard on Gerry's Landing Road. Reported missing.
Here at the river’s edge the settlers of Watertown led by Sir Richard Saltonstall landed July 30, 1630. Here Reverend George Phillips protest in 1632 against taxation without representation struck the first note of civil liberty heard in this . . . Map (db m43365) HM
40Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Stephen Daye
On Dunster Street at Massachusetts Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Dunster Street.
Here lived Stephen Daye who set up near by the first printing press in British America, 1638.Map (db m115316) HM
41Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — These Cannon Were Abandoned
On Garden Street, on the right when traveling west.
These cannon were abandoned at Fort Independence (Castle William) by the British forces when they evacuated the City of Boston March 17, 1776.Map (db m18003) HM
42Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow HouseLongfellow National Historic Site
On Brattle Street, on the right when traveling west.
Built in 1759 Headquarters for George Washington 1775 – 1776 . Home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Family & Descendants 1837 1950Map (db m19085) HM
43Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Washington Elm
On Garden Street, on the right when traveling west.
Under this tree Washington first took command of the American Army, July 3d 1775.Map (db m125607) HM
44Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Washington’s General Orders
On Garden Street, on the right when traveling west.
Washington’s General Orders given at Cambridge, July 4, 1775 “The Continental Congress having taken all the troops of the several Colonies, which have been raised, or which may be hereafter raised for the support and defense of the Liberties . . . Map (db m17999) HM
45Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge — Way to Charlestown1630 – 1930
Near Massachusetts Avenue.
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 . . . Map (db m48017) HM
46Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Area 2/MIT — "Past, Present, Future"
On Ames Street at Broadway, on the left when traveling south on Ames Street.
Past, Present, Future is a mural designed by youth artists in the Teen Public Art Program at The Community Art Center in the fall of 2021. Lead by artist and Teen Public Art Program Manager, Jack O'Hearn, each teen created their own artwork based . . . Map (db m215198) HM
47Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Area 2/MIT — The Looking Glass
On Main Street just west of Wadsworth Street, on the left when traveling east.
The Looking Glass invites you to gaze backward and forward in time. Imagine Cambridge's first building boom spurred by the opening of the West Boston Bridge (on the site of the Longfellow Bridge) in 1793. Catch a glimpse in the other direction of . . . Map (db m215196) HM
48Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Area 2/MIT — The Looking Glass
On Main Street at Wadsworth Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street.
The Looking Glass invites you to gaze backward and forward in time. Imagine Cambridge's first building boom spurred by the opening of the West Boston Bridge (on the site of the Longfellow Bridge) in 1793. Catch a glimpse in the other direction of . . . Map (db m215197) HM
49Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Area 2/MIT — The Smoot
On Massachusetts Avenue at Memorial Drive, on the right when traveling south on Massachusetts Avenue.
In Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of The Smoot. In October 1958 the span of this bridge was measured using the body of Oliver Reed Smoot MIT '62 and found to be 364.4 smoots +/-1 ear. This provided a very useful metric for generations . . . Map (db m178280) HM
50Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Cambridgeport — Fort Washington
On Waverly Street, on the right when traveling north.
Constructed November 1775 by the Continental Army under General George Washington. This fort was used during the Siege of Boston and helped force its evacuation by the British.Map (db m18763) HM
51Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Central Square — Francis P. Soucie Square
On Norfolk Street at Bishop Allen Drive, on the right when traveling south on Norfolk Street.
Pfc. U.S.M.C. Born July 20, 1930 Killed in Action August 18, 1952 KoreaMap (db m215276) WM
52Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, East Cambridge — Dinosaurs in New EnglandRocky Hill, Connecticut — 200 million years old —
On Museum of Science Driveway just east of Charles River Dam Road (Massachusetts Route 28), on the right when traveling east.
The Connecticut River valley has a large number of dinosaur tracks preserved in sedimentary rocks. These footprints were cast from tracks at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. The site was discovered in 1966 and has more than 2,000 . . . Map (db m186293) HM
53Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, East Cambridge — Putnam School
On Sciarappa St at Otis St, on the right when traveling south on Sciarappa St.
Site of Fort Putnam Erected by the American forces December 1775 During the Siege of BostonMap (db m55623) HM
54Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, East Cambridge — Red GraniteAswan Quarries, Egypt — Over 600 million years old —
On Charles River Dam Road (Massachusetts Route 28) 0.1 miles east of Edwin H Land Boulevard, on the right when traveling east.
While red granite is found elsewhere in the world, this block is from the same quarry that provided stones for the outer casing of Menkaure's pyramid at Giza, Egypt and for other ancient monuments and statues. This block is the same size as the ones . . . Map (db m186292) HM
55Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, East Cambridge — Spot where the British Landed
On Second Street at Otis St, on the right when traveling south on Second Street.
Near this spot 800 British soldiers from Boston Common landed April 19th, 1775 on their march to Lexington and ConcordMap (db m55622) HM
56Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, East Cambridge — They Built the Museum of Science
On Charles River Dam Road east of Edwin H. Land Boulevard, on the left when traveling east.
Brad Washburn (1910–2007) was founding director of the Museum and served in that role from 1939 until 1980. Explorer, mountaineer, aerial photographer, and cartographer, Brad created detailed maps of Mount Everest, the Grand Canyon, Denali (then . . . Map (db m176243) HM
57Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, East Cambridge — Tyrannosaurus rex
On Charles River Dam Road east of Edwin H. Land Boulevard, on the right when traveling east.
This full-size Tyrannosaurus rex model was made in the 1960's. At that time only five T. rex skeletons had ever been found. All were incomplete, leaving many questions about this prehistoric animal unanswered. Tyrannosaurus rex Since then, . . . Map (db m176244) HM
58Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Harvard Square — Near this spot…
On Brattle Street at Story Street, on the left when traveling north on Brattle Street.
Near this spot stood the spreading chestnut tree and the smithy referred to in Longfellow's poem "The Village Blacksmith"Map (db m215341) HM
59Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Harvard Square — Richard T. GreenerEducator, Lawyer, and Diplomat — 1844 - 1922 —
On Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 2A) south of Church Street, on the right when traveling south.
Richard T. Greener, the first African American to graduate from Harvard College, had a distinguished career in public service. Greener was born in Philadelphia. His father, a sailor, disappeared in the Gold Rush in 1853. The family moved to . . . Map (db m215383) HM
60Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Harvard Square — The Founding of Newtowne / Newtowne and CambridgeThis Is the Place — 1630 —
On Mount Auburn Street west of John F. Kennedy Street, on the right when traveling east.
The Founding of Newtowne Massachusetts Bay Colony The Puritans of Lincolnshire and East Anglia, England, in anticipation of their emigration to New England, organized the Massachusetts Bay Company in 1628, and obtained a grant of . . . Map (db m215331) HM
61Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Inman Square — Clement G. MorganLawyer, Public Official, and Activist — 1859 - 1929 —
On Prospect Street south of Hampshire Street, on the right when traveling south.
Clement Garnett Morgan, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, was the first African American elected to the Board of Alderman in Cambridge. He was a founder of the Niagara Movement, a predecessor of the National Association for . . . Map (db m215272) HM
62Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Kendall Square — Danny Lewin
On Broadway west of Galileo Galilei Way, on the right when traveling east.
This park is dedicated in memory of Danny Lewin
May 14, 1970 - September 11, 2001 Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Akamai Technologies, Inc.Map (db m215200) HM WM
63Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Mid-Cambridge — Indian College
Near Massachusetts Avenue at Dunster Street, on the right when traveling west.
Near this spot from 1655 to 1698 stood the Indian College. Here American Indian and English students lived and studied in accordance with the 1650 charter of Harvard College calling for the education of the English and Indian youth of this . . . Map (db m77789) HM
64Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Mid-Cambridge — John "Muggsie" Kelly
On Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 2A) south of Peabody Street, on the right when traveling north.
Erected in memory of John "Muggsie" Kelly March 6, 1923 - May 18, 1982 He gave his life during construction Harvard Square StationMap (db m215384) HM
65Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Mid-Cambridge — John Harvard
On Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 2A) at Peabody Street, on the right when traveling north on Massachusetts Avenue.
John Harvard Founder 1638Map (db m215385) HM
66Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Mid-Cambridge — Joseph McKean
On Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 2A) at Holyoke Street, on the right when traveling west on Massachusetts Avenue.
This gate is erected to the memory of Joseph McKean by the members of the Porcellian Club of which he was the honored founderMap (db m215390) HM
67Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Mid-Cambridge — Near this spot…
On Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 2A) at Dunster Street, on the right when traveling west on Massachusetts Avenue.
Near this spot as indicated in the street pavement stood when the College was founded two houses. To the East The house occupied by Nathaniel Eaton first teacher of the college 1638 - 1639 while the College Hall was building. To . . . Map (db m215405) HM
68Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Mid-Cambridge — The McKean Gate
On Massachusetts Avenue (Route 2A) at Holyoke Street, on the left when traveling east on Massachusetts Avenue.
The Reverend Joseph McKean Std LLD Born at Ipswich Massachusetts 19 April 1776 Died at Havana Cuba 17 March 1818 A graduate of this college 1794 Teacher of youth, minister of the Gospel Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory . . . Map (db m215389) HM
69Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Mid-Cambridge — Thomas Shepard
On Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 2A) at Holyoke Street, on the right when traveling west on Massachusetts Avenue.
In honor of Thomas Shepard Pastor of the Church in Cambridge 1636 - 1649 Member of the first Board of Overseers of Harvard College 1637 - 1649 It was with respect unto this vigilancy and the enlightening and powerful . . . Map (db m215393) HM
70Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Mid-Cambridge — To Harvard University students faculty staff alumni…
Near Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 2A) at Holyoke Street, on the right when traveling west.
To Harvard University students faculty staff alumni whose generosity fifty years ago opened doors to student refugees from Nazi persecution. May this tree express in grace and beauty the abiding and heartfelt gratitude of the recipients.Map (db m215387) HM WM
71Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Mid-Cambridge — University Hall / John Harvard
Near Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 2A) at Peabody Street, on the right when traveling north.
University Hall (1813-1815) was designed by Charles Bulfinch (Harvard Class of 1781) and is a National Historic Landmark. The statue is by Daniel Chester French. It represents John Harvard, of whom no known likeness exists. The model was Sherman . . . Map (db m215386) HM
72Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Mid-Cambridge — Wadsworth House
On Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 2A) west of Holyoke Street, on the right when traveling west.
Wadsworth Hovse Bvilt 1726 Occvpied by the college presidents from Wadsworth to Everett and in Jvly 1775 by WashingtonMap (db m215401) HM
73Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Mid-Cambridge — Wadsworth House
Near Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 2A) east of Dunster Street, on the right when traveling west.
. . . Map (db m215402) HM
74Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Neighborhood Nine — An Gorta Mór - The Great Hunger
On Garden Street west of Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 2A), on the left when traveling east.
An Gorta Mór - The Great Hunger Ireland 1845 - 1850 Dedicated by the President of Ireland, Mary Robinson July 23, 1997 Never again should a people starve in a world of plentyMap (db m215356) HM
75Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Neighborhood Nine — Cambridge Common
On Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 2A) at Garden Street, on the right when traveling south on Massachusetts Avenue.
The Pasture When Cambridge was settled in 1630, the town extended 35 miles into the countryside and all the land outside the village was held in common. The most desirable tracts were distributed to settlers, but some pastures were . . . Map (db m215360) HM
76Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Neighborhood Nine — Cambridge Soldiers and Sailors Monument
On Massachusetts Avenue south of Waterhouse Street, on the right when traveling south.
The Soldiers and Sailors of Cambridge, whose names here are inscribed, died in the service of their country, in the war for the maintenance of the Union. To perpetuate the memory of their valor and patriotism, this Monument is erected by the City, . . . Map (db m177016) HM WM
77Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Neighborhood Nine — MA-27 — Gen. Henry Knox Trail
On Garden Street at Mason Street, on the right when traveling west on Garden Street.
At this place General Henry Knox delivered to General George Washington in January 1776 the train of artillery brought from Fort Ticonderoga to force the enemy to evacuate Boston.Map (db m17963) HM
78Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Neighborhood Nine — George Washington
On Garden Street at Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 2A), on the right when traveling west on Garden Street.
Near this spot on July 3, 1775, George Washington took command of the American Army In memory of this event, this gate, was erected A.D. October, 1906Map (db m215363) WM
79Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Neighborhood Nine — History of Cambridge
On Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 2A) at Garden Street, on the right when traveling south on Massachusetts Avenue.
Beginnings Cambridge was founded in 1630 as a new settlement meant by the Puritan leaders in Boston to be their permanent capital. The site chosen was a low hill three miles up the Charles River and hence safe from attack by sea. Streets . . . Map (db m215376) HM
80Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Neighborhood Nine — Old CambridgeA Revolution in Cambridge / Intellectual Flowering
On Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 2A) at Garden Street, on the left when traveling north on Massachusetts Avenue.
A Revolution in Cambridge March on Elmwood On September 1 and 2, 1774, hundreds of New England militiamen gathered on the Cambridge Common to demand the resignation of three members of the Mandamus Council recently appointed by . . . Map (db m215365) HM
81Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Neighborhood Nine — Old CambridgeNewtowne / From Country Village to City
On Massachusetts Avenue (Route 2A) at Garden Street, on the right when traveling south on Massachusetts Avenue.
Newtowne One of the Neatest and Best Compacted Towns So wrote William Wood in New England's Prospect in 1633. At this time, sixty families occupied the first planned community in America, in which the houses were required to . . . Map (db m215372) HM
82Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Neighborhood Nine — Old Cambridge / Religion and Government in the Early History of Cambridge
On Massachusetts Avenue (Massachusetts Route 2A) at Garden Street, on the right when traveling south on Massachusetts Avenue.
Old Cambridge The Transformation of Old Cambridge The Forces of Change and Growth Before 1900, new public water supplies, sewers, and parks had opened the way for development in and around old Cambridge. Completion of the subway in . . . Map (db m215368) HM
83Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Neighborhood Nine — Prince Hall Memorial
On Garden Street east of Mason Street, on the right when traveling west.
He represented those who had no voice, position or power. He exemplified those principles on which this nation was founded. Proclamation of the City of Cambridge, 2008
The five black panels are . . . Map (db m215348) HM WM
84Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, North Cambridge — James Walter Mullally Crossing
Near Cedar Street at Massachusetts Avenue.
On the evening of October 11, 1920, James Walter Mullally, a crossing tender on the Boston & Maine Railroad at the North Cambridge station, which was located nearby, lost his life in a vain attempt to rescue the aged Mrs. Emma Osgood from an . . . Map (db m100461) HM
85Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Riverside — Club 471958 - 1963
On Mount Auburn Street (Massachusetts Route 2A) east of Plympton Street, on the left when traveling east.
Here Joan Baez and Bob Dylan sang duets, Muddy Waters played the blues, and Tom Rush, the Charles River Valley Boys and Eric Von Schmidt led the 60s folk revival.Map (db m215316) HM
86Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Riverside — Dr. Martin Luther King
Near Central Square at River Street.
Hear! Dr. Martin Luther King at First Baptist Church Central Square, Cambridge, Massachsuetts Sunday, January 10, 1960 -- 7:30 P.M. Special music by the Boston University Seminary Singers Sponsored by the Cambridge . . . Map (db m215277) HM
87Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Riverside — Franklin H. WrightPublic Official and Community Leader — 1880 - 1933 —
On Magee Street east of Putnam Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
Franklin Hamilton Wright, a life-long resident of Riverside, was an early member of the City Council and one of the founders of the Cambridge Community Center.Map (db m215279) HM
88Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Riverside — Harvard Student AgenciesHSA
On Bow Street east of Mount Auburn Street, on the right when traveling east.
Largest student run corporation Founded October 23, 1957Map (db m215318) HM
89Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Riverside — Here Stood the Original Meeting House...
On Dunster Street at Mount Auburn Street, on the left when traveling north on Dunster Street.
Here stood the original meeting house of the First Church in Cambridge. Built in 1632 and the center of the civic and religious life of the town. Here ministered 1633 - 1636 Thomas Hooker a peerless leader of New England . . . Map (db m215326) HM
90Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Riverside — Judge Samuel Danforth1696 - 1777
On Dunster Street north of Mount Auburn Street, on the right when traveling north.
The Cambridge schoolmaster from 1717 to 1730 Governor's Councillor from 1739 to 1774 A Mandamus Councillor in 1774 Lived in a house on this site Map (db m215319) HM
91Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Riverside — Simon and Anne Bradstreet
On Massachusetts Avenue (Route 2A) at Brattle Street, on the left when traveling west on Massachusetts Avenue.
Site of the early home of a founder of Cambridge (1603 - 1697) and his wife the poet (1612 - 1672) who was the first American woman writerMap (db m215406) HM
92Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Riverside — W.E.B. Du BoisAuthor, Lecturer, and Civil Rights Leader — 1868 - 1963 —
On Flagg Street.
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois is considered the most influential African American thinker of the first half of the 20th century. Born and raised in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois was largely educated in Cambridge. Blacks were . . . Map (db m215315) HM
93Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, The Port — Charlotte Hawkins BrownEducator, Lecturer, Social Worker, and Religious Leader — 1883 - 1961 —
On Essex Street north of Lamson Place, on the left when traveling north.
Charlotte Hawkins Brown was the founder of the Palmer Memorial Institute, a private preparatory school for African American children in Sedalia, North Carolina. Charlotte, born in Henderson, N.C., was the daughter of Carole Hawkins and . . . Map (db m215274) HM
94Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, The Port — J. Milton Clarke 1820 - 1902 / Lewis Clarke 1818 - 1897Writers and Abolitionists — Cambridge African American History Project —
On Norfolk Street at Washington Street, on the right when traveling south on Norfolk Street.
Lewis and John Milton Clarke, who were among the many contributors to the antislavery cause in Cambridge, were born in Madison County, Kentucky. They were the sons of an elderly white Revolutionary War veteran and a mulatto daughter of Samuel . . . Map (db m215275) HM
95Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, The Port — 'The Area 4 Story'
On Hampshire Street at Portland Street, on the right when traveling east on Hampshire Street.
A mural depicting the people, places and events from the history of Area 4 in Cambridge (historically known as Port and Cambridgeport)Map (db m215382) HM
96Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, The Port — The Massachusetts Avenue Baptist ChurchPreservation Works!
On Hampshire Street at Norfolk Street, on the left when traveling west on Hampshire Street. Reported unreadable.
Founded in 1890, the Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church is one of the oldest African-American congregations in Cambridge. The Church was erected in 1902 and 1910 in the Romanesque Revival style, has received a matching grant from Massachusetts . . . Map (db m215269) HM
97Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Wellington-Harrington — Alberta V. ScottFirst African American Graduate of Radcliffe College — 1875 - 1902 —
On Union Street south of Union Terrace, on the left when traveling south.
Alberta Virginia Scott, a resident of Cambridgeport, was the first African American graduate of Radcliffe College. Alberta was born near Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of Smith and Fanny Bunch Scott. When she was six years old, her family . . . Map (db m215266) HM
98Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Wellington-Harrington — Benedict M. Carvalho Sq. / George Carvalho Sq.
On Hampshire Street at Tremont Street, on the right when traveling west on Hampshire Street.
Benedict M. Carvalho Sq. F 2/c United States Navy Born July 7, 1921 Killed in Action, February 1, 1943 Solomon Island George Carvalho Sq. Born April 25, 1926 T/5c United States Army Died August 6, 1971 Cambridge . . . Map (db m215270) WM
99Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Wellington-Harrington — John J. FatalAbolitionist and Public Official — 1816 - 1904 —
On Lincoln Street at Lincoln Place, on the right when traveling west on Lincoln Street.
John J. Fatal, a school desegregation advocate and elected official, was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, to parents of African and West Indian heritage. While living in Boston, Fatal joined the Boston Vigilance Committee and helped . . . Map (db m215267) HM
100Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Cambridge, Wellington-Harrington — Lunsford LaneAbolitionist, Author, and Businessman — c. 1810 - ? —
On Webster Avenue at Clark Street, on the right when traveling south on Webster Avenue.
Lunsford Lane was a successful businessman who purchased his freedom and then had to flee the South the escape the anger of resentful whites. Lane, who was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, grew up as the slave of a prominent citizen of the . . . Map (db m215265) HM

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