Watertown

Watertown was one of the first Massachusetts Bay Colony settlements organized by English Puritans in 1630. The city is home to the Perkins School for the Blind, the Armenian Library and Museum of America, and the historic Watertown Arsenal, which produced military armaments from 1816 through World War II.

Neighborhoods:

  • Bemis
  • Coolidge Square
  • East Watertown
  • Watertown Square
  • West End

Watertown was the chief horse and cattle market in New England and was known for its fertile gardens and fine estates. Here about 1632 was erected the first gristmill in the colony, and in 1662 one of the first woolen mills in America was built here

Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831, creating the first garden cemetery in the United States. The landscape of Mount Auburn provided inspiration for the nation's first public parks and picturesque suburbs designed by the early generations of American landscape architects. Mount Auburn has been recognized as one of the most significant designed landscapes in the country. Although perceived as a Cambridge institution, almost all of the cemetery is actually in Watertown.

The Stanley Brothers built the first of their steam-powered cars in Watertown, which came to be known as Stanley Steamers, in 1897.

Economy

Major employers based in Watertown include:

  • Tufts Health Plan 
  • New England Sports Network
  • Perkins School for the Blind
  • Sasaki
  • Exergen Corporation
  • Harvard Business Publishing 
  • Bright Horizons Family Solutions
  • athenahealth

The Watertown Arsenal has now become a center for shopping, dining and the arts, with the opening of several restaurants and a new theatre. The site includes the Arsenal Center for the Arts, a regional arts center that opened in 2005. The Arsenal is now owned by athenahealth. Arsenal Street features two shopping malls across the street from one another, with the Watertown Mall on one side and Arsenal Yards on the other.

Culture

  • Armenian Library and Museum of America
  • Hairenik Association
  • Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library
  • Mosesian Center for the Arts
  • New Repertory Theatre 
  • Watertown Children's Theatre 
  • Edmund Fowle House 
  • Abraham Browne House 
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery 

Education

Public schooling is provided for approximately 2,600 students by Watertown Public Schools

Elementary Schools:

  • Hosmer Elementary
  • Cunniff Elementary
  • J.R. Lowell Elementary

Middle School:

  • Watertown Middle School

High School:

  • Watertown High School 

Transportation

Watertown borders Soldiers Field Road and I-90, major arteries into downtown Boston. Watertown is served by several MBTA bus and trackless trolley routes. Most of them pass through or terminate in Watertown Square (MBTA station) or Watertown Yard (MBTA station)

Useful Links

Town of Watertown - https://www.ci.watertown.ma.us/

Watertown Public Schools - https://www.watertown.k12.ma.us/

 

About the Neighborhood

There are community events
Neighbors are friendly
Easy commutes
Parking is easy
There are sidewalks
Streets are well-lit
Parks and playgrounds
It's quiet
It's dog friendly
Kids play outside
Walking / Hiking trails
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