Charter Day Celebration Being Held in Watertown on Sept. 7

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Watertown officially got its name on 385 years ago on Monday, and bells will ring in town to mark the occasion.

At 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 7, church bells will peal across Boston, Dorchester, and Watertown to mark their 385th anniversaries.

The bell tolling is part of a free program of events to commemorate the naming, on Sept. 7, 1630, of Boston, Dorchester, and Watertown. It includes an original walking tour, a panel at the Old State House, a unique opportunity to taste 17th–century food, and more. These events, all on the theme of food and drink in early Boston, are sponsored by the Partnership of Historic Bostons.

Watertown churches taking part in the bell ringing are the Church of the Good Shepherd and Redeemer Fellowship Church.

From this free program of events, participants can find out about a typical Puritan family’s habits at dinnertime, what was on the table for supper nearly 400 years ago, and the social consequences of food for relations between colonists and Native Americans.

Find out more about this exciting program of September events, starting Sept. 7, on Food and Drink in 17th century Boston. Find out more at Most events are free,but registration is required.

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