Historical Society of Watertown
The Historical Society of Watertown, believing that a sense of history is fundamental to understanding human experience, collects, preserves, and shares materials from Watertown's past, so that present and future generations can comprehend more fully their predecessors, their community, and themselves. Pursuing the highest standards of collection, preservation, presentation, and management, the Society encourages and assists people of all backgrounds and interests to learn more about Watertown's varied history.
Built in 1772, the Edmund Fowle House located at 28 Marshall Street, Watertown, MA, is the second oldest surviving house in Watertown. At the beginning of the American Revolution it served as headquarters for the executive branch of the Massachusetts government from July, 1775, to September, 1776. The Treaty of Watertown was signed on July 19, 1776, in the Council Chamber on the second floor. This treaty was the first to be signed between the new United States (represented by Massachusetts) and a foreign power (the Mi'Kmaq and St. John's Indian Nations). Today, the Fowle House serves as the home of the Historical Society of Watertown.
House Museum Hours:
Museum open for guided tours the third Sunday of each month from 1:00 - 4:00 PM (see specific dates below) or by appointment. The last scheduled tour begins at 3:15 PM.
Tours by appointment only in July and August. The Museum may be closed during severe weather conditions.