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Cambridge Historical Commission Historic Marker Program

There are at least six types of historic markers installed throughout the city.   Marker locations are included in the tables below.  You can browse the entire list or click on one of the following six bookmarks to go directly to the list for that type of marker.

  1. Blue Oval Historic Markers  Starting in 1976, the Cambridge Historical Commission started its marker program (blue oval markers). Nearly one hundred of these blue oval markers are scattered throughout the city, marking sites of historical importance. The sites were chosen, not for the architectural significance of the existing structures, but for the sites' relationship to important events or persons.  Note:  The presence of a blue oval historic marker   does not  mean that the structure on the site is a designated property with regulatory protection from inappropriate change. For a list of properties that are regulated by the Cambridge Historical Commission or one of the neighborhood conservation district commissions, check the Designated Property List.  You might also be interested in reading the list of local landmarks,  which can be found at the end of the page that describes the landmark designation process in Cambridge.

  2. African-American Heritage Trail  The first of twenty African-American Heritage Trail markers was installed in 1993, the result of a collaborative project between the African American History Committee, the Cambridge Historical Commission, and Cambridge Discovery.

  3. North Cambridge Historic Markers  The newest group of markers, the North Cambridge Historic Markers, were installed in 2003-04.

  4. Granite Tombstone Markers   The oldest group of historic markers were installed in the last quarter of the nineteenth century and are made of granite in the shape of a tombstone.

  5. Cast-Iron Markers  Cast-iron markers were installed in several Cambridge locations by the Massachusetts Tercentennial Committee in 1930. See statewide listing of the Tercentennial markers.

  6. Cambridge History Stations   In 1976, the Historical Commission began erecting history stations, groups of markers that provide more depth about a historical subject.  The newest history station, at Fort Washington, was recently installed.

 

Blue Oval Historic Markers For full text of markers, click here (large pdf)

Marker Location

Marker Title

Neighborhood

99 Third St

Oldest Church in East Cambridge

East Cambridge

73 Thorndike St

Frederick Hastings Rindge

East Cambridge

155 Gore St

J. P. Squire Company

East Cambridge

96 Thorndike St

James D. Green House

East Cambridge

25 Third St

Lechmere Point Corporation Houses

East Cambridge

221 O'Brien Hwy

Meigs' Experimental Railway

East Cambridge

90 Third St

Middlesex County Courthouse

East Cambridge

165 O'Brien Hwy

New England Glass Company

East Cambridge

83 Third St

Quality Row

East Cambridge

208 Cambridge St

Registry of Deeds

East Cambridge

277 Cambridge St

Saint John's Literary Institute

East Cambridge

67 Spring St

Thomas Graves House

East Cambridge

750 Massachusetts Ave

Cambridge Athenaeum

Cambridgeport

795 Massachusetts Ave

Cambridge City Hall

Cambridgeport

708 Main St

Davenport Car Manufactory

Cambridgeport

636 Massachusetts Ave
(marker not currently installed)

First Cambridge Newspaper

Cambridgeport

889 Memorial Dr

Fort #1

Cambridgeport

254 Western Ave

Harry Ellis Dickson

Cambridgeport

22 Putnam Ave

Hiram Sands House

Cambridgeport

380 Putnam Ave

Howard Industrial School

Cambridgeport

109 Hampshire St

James B. Barnes House

Cambridgeport

410 Massachusetts Ave

Kennedy Steam Bakery

Cambridgeport

71 Cherry St

Margaret Fuller House

Cambridgeport

162 Broadway

Mason & Hamlin Company

Cambridgeport

101 Pearl St

Soap Workers Cottages

Cambridgeport

21 Magazine St

Washington Allston's Studio

Cambridgeport

172-174 Auburn St

Washington Allston

Cambridgeport

283-285 Broadway

William Lloyd Garrison

Cambridgeport

888 Memorial Dr
888 Memorial Drive
Cambridgeport

449 Broadway
(marker not currently installed)

Cambridge Public Library

Mid-Cambridge

2 Hancock Pl

Opposition House

Mid-Cambridge

393 Broadway

Revolutionary Earthworks

Mid-Cambridge

7 Dana St

Sarah Colburn House

Mid-Cambridge

181-183 Sherman St

Abraham Watson house

North Cambridge

151 Rindge Ave

Barry's Corner

North Cambridge

1991 Massachusetts Ave

Davenport Tavern

North Cambridge

2067-2089 Massachusetts Ave

Henderson Carriage Repository

North Cambridge

146 Rindge Ave

Kidder-Sargent House

North Cambridge

1976 Massachusetts Ave
(marker not currently installed)

Porter's Cattle Market Hotel

North Cambridge

17 Brown St

Aaron Hill House

Old Cambridge

165 Brattle St

Bartlett House

Old Cambridge

9-15 J. F. Kennedy St

Blue Anchor Tavern

Old Cambridge

42 Brattle St

Brattle House

Old Cambridge

70 Dunster St

Captain John Bonner

Old Cambridge

21 Linnaean St

Cooper-Frost-Austin House

Old Cambridge

54 Brattle St

Dexter Pratt House

Old Cambridge

104 Irving St

e.e. cummings

Old Cambridge

33 Elmwood Ave

Elmwood

Old Cambridge

11 Garden St

First Church, Congregational

Old Cambridge

104 Mount Auburn St

First Middlesex County Jail

Old Cambridge

88 Garden St

Harvard Botanic Gardens House

Old Cambridge

167 Brattle St

Henry Van Brunt

Old Cambridge

94 Brattle St

Henry Vassal House

Old Cambridge

159 Brattle St

Hooper-Lee-Nichols House

Old Cambridge

12 Hawthorne St

Isaac Greenwood

Old Cambridge

20 Quincy St

James Family

Old Cambridge

24-26 Dunster St

Judge Samuel Danforth

Old Cambridge

74 Sparks St

Justin Winsor

Old Cambridge

6 Appleton St

Lois Lilley House

Old Cambridge

36 Quincy St

Louis and Elizabeth Agassiz

Old Cambridge

Winthrop Square Park

Marketplace

Old Cambridge

10 Arrow St

Melusina Fay Peirce

Old Cambridge

8 Willard St

Munroe House

Old Cambridge

99 Brattle St

Oliver Hastings House

Old Cambridge

93 Mount Auburn St

Professor John Winthrop

Old Cambridge

35 Brewster St

Robert Frost

Old Cambridge

175 Brattle St

Ruggles-Fayerweather House

Old Cambridge

1380 Massachusetts Ave

Simon & Anne Bradstreet

Old Cambridge

17 South St

Stedman House

Old Cambridge

90 Brattle St

Stoughton House

Old Cambridge

16 Ash St

T.S. Eliot

Old Cambridge

29 Buckingham St

Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Old Cambridge

21 Kirkland St

Treadwell-Sparks House

Old Cambridge

7 Waterhouse St

Waterhouse House

Old Cambridge

145 Brattle St

William Brewster

Old Cambridge

37 Concord Ave

William Dean Howells

Old Cambridge

174 Brattle St

William Eustis Russsell

Old Cambridge

95 Irving St

William James

Old Cambridge

8 Garden St

Winslow Homer

Old Cambridge

121 Brattle St

Worcester House

Old Cambridge

219 Brattle St

Wyeth-Eliot House

Old Cambridge

760 Massachusetts Ave

First Business Telephone

Old Cambridge

Cambridge St near Littauer Hall

Harvard Branch Railroad

Old Cambridge

Ash St at Memorial Dr

Windmill Hill

Old Cambridge

Brattle St at Elmwood Ave

Tory Row

Old Cambridge

Brattle St at Mason St

Tory Row

Old Cambridge

Brattle St at Fresh Pond Pkwy

Tory Row

Old Cambridge

Massachusetts Ave at Garden St

Old Burial Ground

Old Cambridge

Massachusetts Ave at Garden St

Revolutionary Soldiers

Old Cambridge

104 Winthrop St

Old Stone Wall

Old Cambridge

1400 Massachusetts Ave

Old Courthouse

Old Cambridge

Massachusetts Ave at Garden St

Old Milestone

Old Cambridge

250 Fresh Pond Pkwy

First Business Telephone

West Cambridge

650 Concord Ave

Tudor Ice Company

West Cambridge

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African-American Heritage Trail

Marker Location

Marker Title

Neighborhood

32 Sacramento St

Maria Baldwin

Mid-Cambridge

55 Essex St

Charlotte Hawkins Brown

Cambridgeport

1 Lilac Ct

William Wells Brown

Cambridgeport

2 Florence Pl

Lewis and Milton Clarke

Cambridgeport

20 Flagg St

W.E.B. Du Bois

Cambridgeport

49 Lincoln St

John J. Fatal

Cambridgeport

1430 Massachusetts Ave

Richard T. Greener

Old Cambridge

53 Clifton St

Pauline Hopkins

North Cambridge

17 Story St

Harriet Jacobs

Old Cambridge

44 Webster Ave

Lunsford Lane

Cambridgeport

226 Upland Rd

William H. Lewis

North Cambridge

137 Allston St

Bishop George A. McGuire

Cambridgeport

265 Prospect St

Clement G. Morgan

Mid-Cambridge

30 Parker St

Emery T. Morris

Old Cambridge

10 Pleasant St

Patrick H. Raymond

Cambridgeport

28 Union St

Alberta V. Scott

Cambridgeport

79 Norfolk St

Joshua Bowen Smith

Cambridgeport

117 Dudley St

Rev. P. Thomas Stanford

North Cambridge

40 Magee St

Franklin H. Wright

Cambridgeport

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North Cambridge Historic Markers

Marker Location

Marker Title

Neighborhood

3 Cameron Ave

Camp Cameron

North Cambridge

2067 Massachusetts Ave

Carriage Making

North Cambridge

52 Walden St

Cambridge Cattle Market

North Cambridge

365 Rindge Ave

Jerry's Pit

North Cambridge

364 Rindge Ave

Brick Manufacturing

North Cambridge

45 Matignon Ave

Cambridge Poor Farm

North Cambridge

opposite 20 Alewife Brook Pkwy

Fish Weir

North Cambridge

5 Davenport St

Newtowne Club

North Cambridge

1879 Massachusetts Ave

Rand Estate

North Cambridge

9 Cedar St

Second Town Poorhouse

North Cambridge

2369 Massachusetts Ave

Streetcar Barns

North Cambridge

25 Churchill Ave

Tannery Brook

North Cambridge

35 Cedar St

Trotting Park

North Cambridge

2170 Massachusetts Ave

Watson's Corner

North Cambridge

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Granite Tombstone Markers

Marker Location

Marker Title

Neighborhood

52 Brattle St

Spreading Chestnut Tree

Old Cambridge

Broadway at Massachusetts Ave

Continental Troops

Old Cambridge

Broadway at Massachusetts Ave

Hastings-Holmes House

Old Cambridge

71 Dunster St

Thomas Dudley House

Old Cambridge

33 Elmwood Ave

Elmwood House

Old Cambridge

0 Garden St

Christ Church

Old Cambridge

20 Plympton St

Apthorp House

Mid-Cambridge

15 Inman St

Inman House

Mid-Cambridge

64 J.F. Kennedy St

John Hicks House

Old Cambridge

1399 Massachusetts Ave

Fourth Meeting House

Old Cambridge

2162 Massachusetts Ave

Skirmish Site

North Cambridge

62 Putnam Ave

Fort #2

Cambridgeport

41 Second St

Lechmere Point

East Cambridge

69 Sciarappa St

Lechmere Point

East Cambridge

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Cast-Iron Markers See statewide listing of the Tercentennial markers.

Marker Location

Marker Title

Neighborhood

Cambridge Common

Cambridge Common

Old Cambridge

1 Dunster St

Old Cambridge

Old Cambridge

6 Gerry's Landing Rd

Sir Richard's Landing

Old Cambridge

1750 Massachusetts Ave

Cooper-Frost-Austin House

Old Cambridge

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Cambridge History Stations
History Station Location Subject Matter Neighborhood

35 Pearl St. (on the side of the Green St. parking garage/Central Square library)

Central Square / Cambridgeport

Cambridgeport

208 Cambridge St. (at Registry of Deeds)

East Cambridge

East Cambridge

Dawes Park (at Mass. Ave. and Garden St.)

Harvard Square / Old Cambridge

Old Cambridge

1853 Massachusetts Ave. (in MBTA plaza)

Porter Square / North Cambridge

North Cambridge

345 River St. (in Riverside Press Park at River St. and Memorial Dr.)

Riverside Neighborhood / Riverside Press

Cambridgeport

Winthrop Square (adjacent to 100 Mt. Auburn St.)

The Founding of Newtowne

Old Cambridge

101 Waverly St.

Fort Washington / Revolutionary War

Cambridgeport

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