Incorporated in 1630 by Richard Saltonstall and George Phillips, Watertown, or Waterton, as named in historic documents was originally inhabited by the Nonantum and Pequossette tribes that settled along the Charles River. Now a major suburb of Boston, Watertown is home to roughly 35,000 residents, shops, businesses, and restaurants. At it’s inception, Watertown consisted of Belmont, Waltham, and parts of Cambridge, Lincoln, and Weston before being divided as those townships came to be. Watertown was known to host one of the first protests of taxation without representation in the pre Revolutionary war era and was at the time the largest market for livestock in the region.
During the Revolutionary War, Watertown played a key role as Minutemen were organized and took part in the battles at Lexington and Concord. During the Siege of Boston, town meetings that could not meet in the city were held here.
Watertown is also home to a former military arsenal (1816-1995), steam powered cars first built by the Stanley Brothers (1897), Perkins School for the Blind (moved to the City in 1912), the Armenian Library & Museum of America (1988), and more recently took the national spotlight during the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Watertown is rich and culture and this can partly be seen through it’s history of architecture. A mix of historic colonial homes, Victorian colonials, two and three family, post modern ranches and Cape Cod style homes are spread throughout the city offering a diverse selection of housing stock.
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