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
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
On this site
Arlington erected a standpipe
The Metropolitan Water Works
acquired the standpipe and
began to supply water to
From the standpipe were also supplied
The first standpipe . . . — — Map (db m50842) HM
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
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
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
“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
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
who died to save the Union
• 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Maria Louise Baldwin was the headmaster of the Agassiz Grammar School in Cambridge, the first African American to hold such a position in the North.
Baldwin was born on April 22, 1856, the oldest child of Peter and Mary Baldwin. Her father, an . . . — — Map (db m223031) HM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
In honor of
Pastor of the
Church in Cambridge
1636 - 1649
the first Board
of Harvard College
1637 - 1649
It was with respect unto this vigilancy and the enlightening and powerful . . . — — Map (db m215393) HM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
William H. Lewis, a graduate of Harvard Law School, was the first African American to serve as assistant attorney general of the United States.
Born in Berkeley, Virginia, Lewis went to public schools in nearby Portsmouth, where his father was a . . . — — Map (db m222997) HM
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
Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins, a novelist and editor, was born in Portland, Maine, the daughter of Northrup and Sarah Hopkins. Among her mother's relatives was the Reverend Thomas Paul, the founder
and first pastor of the African Meeting
House on Joy . . . — — Map (db m222931) HM
The Reverend P. Thomas Stanford is best known as an author and as the protégé of the
Reverend Henry Ward Beecher and
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Born into slavery in Hampton, Virginia, Stanford was orphaned at an early age when his parents were . . . — — Map (db m222399) HM
Emery T. Morris was a prominent member of the Niagara Movement, an early civil rights organization.
Morris was born in Salem, Massachusetts, on October 9, 1849. He was a nephew of Robert Morris, an African American attorney and abolitionist. His . . . — — Map (db m223022) HM
Dr. Martin Luther King
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
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
a peerless leader
New England . . . — — Map (db m215326) HM
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
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
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