Historical Must-See Sights

Watertown, settled and incorporated in 1630, is one of Massachusetts Bay’s earliest settlements. It is no surprise, then, that there are a plethora of historical sites in and around town. So, the next time you have a free day and an urge to “go back in time”, check out one of these spots:

The Edmund Fowle House, originally built on what is now known as Mt. Auburn Street and currently located at 28 Marshall Street, is the second-oldest surviving house in Watertown. Edmund Fowle built the house in 1722 and it served as headquarters for the executive branch of the Massachusetts government during the beginning of the American Revolution. The house is currently owned and occupied by the Historical Society of Watertown. Guided tours are offered on the third Sunday of each month between 1 and 4 PM. Visit the Watertown Historical Society page for more info. 

Gore Place at 52 Gore Street in Waltham was built in 1806 for the family of Christopher and Rebecca Gore. Christopher Gore was a lawyer and politician and served one term as Governor before being appointed to the United States Senate. Over the years the house served as a residence and a country club. The Gore Place Society was founded in 1935 and the house has since been preserved and restored and currently includes a small farm. Tours are offered Mondays through Saturdays; head to their website for details,

Known as America’s first factory, The Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation is located at 154 Moody Street in Waltham and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The museum aims to explore “the historical impact of industry on American culture” and includes two revolving exhibit spaces - so there is always something new to see. Plan your visit accordingly though, as the museum is only open Thursdays through Sundays. Head to their website for visiting info and hours.

Of course, don’t forget about popular historical Watertown sites like the Armenian Museum of America, the Commander’s Mansion and the Mt. Auburn Cemetery. You’re sure to be super impressed by any of these historical sites and your friends and family will think you’re wicked smart at Thanksgiving dinner when you start spouting off everything you learned playing tourist in your own town!