Did You Know?
Did You Know?
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is buried in Watertown.
- In July of 1630, a group led by Sir Richard Saltonstall, rowed up the Charles River from Charlestown and established the settlement that became Watertown.
- For many years the population of Watertown was greater than Boston.
- Watertown was the seat of Government for Massachusetts from April 22, 1775 to November 9, 1776.
- Paul Revere, wanted by the British after the Battle of Lexington and Concord, had his family slip out of Boston to live in Watertown, at what is now the intersection of Watertown and California Streets, for a year.
- Early on Sunday July 2, 1775, General George Washington arrived in Watertown. He ate at the Coolidge Tavern, now the trolley terminal on Galen Street. He was then greeted at the Meetinghouse and on the following day took formal command of the Army in Cambridge.
- The Perkins School for the Blind was charted in 1829 and moved to Watertown in 1912. Helen Keller attended Perkins for a time. Also located at Perkins is Howe Press, which manufacturers the famous Perkins Brailer.
- That the Arsenal was established in 1816 and the landscape design for much of the Arsenal was done by the Olmsted Brother’s Design Firm (sons of Frederick Law Olmsted). Much of the original tree plantings still exist today.
- The bridge that spans the Charles River at Watertown Square, was erected in 1905 from blocks of granite cut in Deer Isle, Maine. It replaced a wood bridge built in 1719. The first bridge at this site was constructed in 1614.
- Mount Auburn Cemetery, founded in 1831, is listed by the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, as the second oldest public garden of any kind in the United States. Thought by many to be in Cambridge, it has the vast majority of its graves and all its buildings in Watertown. For more information visit The Many Great Figures of American History.