The Historical Society of Watertown commemorated two important moments in the history of the Town, the state and the nation during the annual Treaty Day on July 14.
During the ceremony, the Historical Society held a reenactment of the first reading of the Declaration of Independence in Massachusetts, and also remembered the first treaty signed by the recently formed United States.
Both events took place at the Edmund Fowle House, the meeting place of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress during the first year of the Revolutionary War.
Members of the Historical Society reenacted the reading of the Declaration of Independence, which was done from the second floor window of the house on Marshall Street. The first reading took place on July 18, 1776.
Representatives of the United Native American Cultural Center (UNACC) in Devens played a traditional Native American song and prayer to open the celebration.
The Treaty of Watertown was signed on July 19, 1776. It was signed by the United States was made with the the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet tribes of what is now Maine and the Atlantic Provinces of Canada. Some decedents of the original signers of the treaty attended the commemoration at the Fowle House.
The house is now on Marshall Street, but was originally on Mt. Auburn Street. The house is home to the Historical Society and is the second oldest home in Watertown.
Find out more about the Historical Society of Watertown at its website, historicalsocietyofwatertownma.org/