Historical Society Celebrating 250th Anniversary of the Fowle House

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Charlie Breitrose The Edmund Fowle House is 251 years old, and the Historical Society will celebrated. Here Bob Childs of the Historical Society of Watertown reads the Declaration of Independence from the same spot it was first read in 1776, the second floor of the house in 2016.

The Historical Society of Watertown invites the public to join the celebration of the 250th anniversary of one of the City’s oldest homes and a century of the Society owning the house. The exhibit features antiquities never before seen by the public.

The opening celebration for “FOWLE HOUSE – 250 YEARS OLD” takes place on Sunday, April 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. The Fowle House is located at 28 Marshall St., off Mt. Auburn Street.

The Historical Society sent out the following information:

The Historical Society of Watertown celebrates the 250th anniversary of the Edmund Fowle House (built in 1772) and the 100th anniversary of the Historical Society’s purchase of the house (from Charles Brigham in 1922) with a new exhibit.

Learn about the historical significance of the Edmund Fowle House when Watertown was the seat of government for the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the first year-and-a-half of the Revolutionary War, the importance of the Fowle family during the American Revolution and beyond, alterations that were made to the structure over the centuries, and the many accomplishments of the Historical Society of Watertown since it was established in 1888.

The exhibit will feature artifacts from the collection that have never been viewed by the public or have not been on exhibit for many years including silverware owned by Rebecca Fowle Bradlee, a pre-1772 shoe found under the attic floorboards, and John Fowle family mourning brooches made from human hair. The exhibit will be on view during 2023 when the Fowle house is open for tours, the third Sunday of the month, excluding July and August. The house will be open additional days in May and June – look for an announcement on our website, historicalsocietyofwatertownma.org/HSW/.

Our exhibits are free and open to the public.

For questions, go to our website or contact Joyce at joycekel@aol.com

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