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By Sandra Hughes, September 13, 2012
"A state of perfect chaos" Marker
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — "A state of perfect chaos"William Bainbridge 1812
This 1833 view of Boston from the west end of the Navy Yard shows a harbor full of busy activity. The steeple of the Old North Church is still a prominent landmark. [courtesy Library of Congress]

The Navy Yard in the War of 1812 When . . . — Map (db m60117) HM

Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — American Soldiers Killed June 17, 1775
Tablet #1: Connecticut Troops ---------- Roger Fox, William Cheeney, Asahel Lyon, Matthew Cummings, Samuel Ashbo, Gershom Smith, Benjamin Ross, Daniel Memory, Wilson Rowlandson <<<>>> Soldiers Unassigned ---------- Amasa Fisk -- Pepperell . . . — Map (db m55205) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Boston Naval Shipyard
Boston Naval Shipyard has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the historic sites act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United . . . — Map (db m58264) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Boston, the Navy Yard, and the War of 1812
Boston, the Navy Yard, and the War of 1812 When the Federal government established a navy yard in Massachusetts in 1800, it naturally looked to Boston Harbor. A thriving town of more than 34,000 people, Boston was home to hundreds of skilled ship . . . — Map (db m60133) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Bunker Hill Burying Ground
Established in 1810, this is Charlestown's second oldest burying ground, and the site of the left wing of Colonial forces at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. A monument marks the location of the Rail Fence and Stone Wall fortified by the . . . — Map (db m55532) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Charlestown Heights
Designed in 1891 by the firm of America's foremost park planner and landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, this playground is one of the best surviving examples of the neighborhood parks in Boston's original system. Olmsted divided the park . . . — Map (db m55527) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Charlestown Heights
Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., America’s foremost landscape architect and the creator of Boston’s Emerald Necklace and New York’s Central Park, designed Charlestown Heights, now Doherty Playground, in 1891. With an increasing population and decreasing . . . — Map (db m55528) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Charlestown Navy Yard
The Charleston Navy Yard was established in 1800 to build, repair, and supply the nation's warships. For 174 years the yard expanded and adapted to serve a growing, changing navy.

In early years, skilled workers build and repaired wooden . . . — Map (db m60118) HM

Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Charlestown Training Field/Winthrop SquareThe Training Field's Struggle for Survival
Road projects in two centuries endangered the “communitie’s meeting place.” Despite the Training Field's historical importance, road projects in the 19th and 20th centuries threatened to destroy what was once called . . . — Map (db m115230) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Charlestown Training Field/Winthrop SquareA Landscape of War & Commemoration
Training fields were a familiar sight in early New England in an era of constant alert. American colonist formed militias for protection and trained in open fields also known as commons. Charlestown Training Field dates from the 1640s . . . — Map (db m115250) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — City Square:Continuity and Change
Native American Settlement Native American occupation of the Charlestown peninsula predates European settlements by approximately 10,000 years. Archaeological evidence, such as tools made of stone, bone, wood, and shells, suggests the early . . . — Map (db m60237) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Commander Barry Carle
In Memoriam Commander Barry Carle U.S. Navy 1933-1974 Died while in the service of his country Deputy District Civil Engineer for the Commandant of the First Naval District Responsible for the concept and the initial development of the . . . — Map (db m58455) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Court of the Assistants
Near here, August 23rd 1630 Governor John Winthrop and members of the Massachusetts Bay Company organized the Court of Assistants forerunner of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts — Map (db m97405) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Deacon Larkin House
This 1790s Georgian residence was built for Deacon John Larkin, a patriot best remembered for his role in Paul Revere's legendary midnight ride. It was Larkin's horse that carried Revere out to Lexington and Concord to warn the Committee of Safety . . . — Map (db m60235) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Great HouseThree Cranes Tavern
History and Archaeology In the 1900s, as part of the major highway reconstruction project that built the tunnels beneath this park, a team of archaeologists studied City Square and its history.The investigators researched historic documents . . . — Map (db m60236) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Life and Work in the Navy Yard 1812
During the day, workers at the Charlestown Navy Yard built, repaired, and supplied American warships. In the evening, theses men left for their homes. Only the Commandant, a few administrative officers, and a detachment of Marines stayed behind. The . . . — Map (db m60049) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Serving the Fleet
By 1940 this navy yard supported a powerful fleet of modern steel ships. Where once carpenters, joiners, and sail- makers responded to the morning shipyard bell, now a shrill steam whistle summoned welders, boilermakers, and electronics specialists . . . — Map (db m60125) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — The Changing Yard
In its first years, the navy yard consisted of a small dock and several wooden storehouses, surrounded by mud flats and rolling pastures. In 1812, the commandant noted: "the establishment...afforded no advantage or facility for naval purposes... a . . . — Map (db m60130) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — The Decisive Day has come on which the fate of America depends...Abigail Adams
This high ground of Breed's Hill bound the American colonies to the cause of independence. An open field once located here commanded this entire area. On the night of June 16, 1775, two month after the fighting at Lexington and Concord, 1,200 . . . — Map (db m60140) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — The Freedom Trail
Neighborhood of Revolution “Paul Revere . . . started on a ride which, in a way has never ended.” - Esther Forbes, author of the classic study, Paul Revere and the World He Lived In In the course of just two pivotal days . . . — Map (db m19104) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge
The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, part of The Big Dig Project in Boston, is the widest cable-stayed bridge in the world. The Bridge serves as the northern entrance to and exit from Boston. The . . . — Map (db m58257) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — The Line of Rail Fence and Grass Protection
The line of Rail Fence and Grass Protection formed after the British Troops landed on the seventeenth of June extended in this direction to Mystic River — Map (db m55530) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — The Old North Church
The enduring fame of the Old North began on the evening of April 18, 1775, when the church sexton, Robert Newman, climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by . . . — Map (db m58258) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — The Yard as Home
Thousands of civilians spent their work days in the yard, then returned home to their Boston neighborhoods. For a few naval personnel, however; the yard was both a work-place and a home. For those who lived here, whether in the luxurious . . . — Map (db m145105) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — This Column Stands on Union!Daniel Webster
In the years following the battle, this hill became sacred ground. A new patriotic spirit swept the nation in the 1820s. Americans looked to honor the sacrifice and service of their ancestors. For two decades, many men and women, led by the Bunker . . . — Map (db m60139) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Tudor Wharves
In the 1830s, Frederick Tudor became known as Boston's Ice King. Since around 1805, he had ice cut from local ponds and shipped to far away places as Calcutta, Rio de Janeiro, the West Indies and the Far East. As his business grew, he did his most . . . — Map (db m145104) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — Working in the Yard
When the Charleston Navy Yard opened in 1800, Boston 's skilled maritime workers provided a ready source of labor. As sail gave way to steam, and wooden hulls gave way to iron and steel, the work of building, repairing, and maintaining a fleet . . . — Map (db m60137) HM
Massachusetts (Suffolk County), Charlestown — You are now my enemy and I am yours...Benjamin Franklin
The British Army was one of the most powerful military forces of the day. Their leaders were career officers. The troops were regularly trained and well equipped. Yet, the enlisted ranks were often filled with soldiers recruited against their will . . . — Map (db m60143) HM

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