Hear from Someone who Lived in a Watertown’s Home with Links to the Revolution

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Charlie Breitrose Former Historical Society President Paul Brennan will speak about living in the Fowle House on Oct. 18, 2023. Here he is pictured with the Historical Society’s Joyce Kelly.

The following information was provided by the Historical Society of Watertown:

To commemorate the 251st year of the Edmund Fowle House, and in conjunction with the Historical Society’s current exhibit, we invite you to join us to hear what it was like to live in the Fowle House.

A history lover since his youth, Paul Brennan grew up in Watertown and became President of the Historical Society in 1987, when he was still in his 20s. He lived in the Fowle House as caretaker from 1988 to 1992. Of his time there, he said, “I was always poking around the house from top to bottom and even around the grounds. I think the first or second issue of the Town Crier published the finding of an underground well/cistern discovery. It was in my nature to be curious and still is.”

Come and listen to the stories Paul will share with us about his experiences in the house, the upgrades made to the structure, and the initiatives he enacted while he was President.


Please contact Joyce at joycekel@aol.com or 781-899-7239

WHAT: “Living in the Edmund Fowle House,” a talk by Paul Brennan

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023 at 1 p.m.

WHERE: the Edmund Fowle House & Museum, 28 Marshall St., Watertown, MA 02472

“250 Years of the Edmund Fowle House” Exhibit: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

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. 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 since it was established in 1888.

Our exhibits and programs are free and open to the public. Free parking in the lot across the street from the Fowle House.

Revolution 250 Video Tour of Fowle House

Professor Robert Allison (Professor and Chair of History, Suffolk University) and Jonathan Lane (Massachusetts Historical Society and Coordinator for Massachusetts 250) of the Revolution 250 Board toured the Fowle House earlier this year. Lane took a video while Marilynne Roach and Joyce Kelly of the Historical Society of Watertown gave Bob Allison a tour of the house and recounted some of its history.

See the 25-minute video on YouTube, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkQjdpv8B9Y

Find out more about upcoming events scheduled for celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Revolution, which will continue over the next 3 years, at http://www.revolution250.org

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