250 Years of the Edmund Fowle House

Various locations, Edmund Fowle House
Opening Celebration April 30, 2023, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Exhibit Hours


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. 

This exhibit will highlight the historical significance of the 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, as well as alterations that were made to the structure over the centuries.  Artifacts will be featured that have never been seen by the public or which 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 many accomplishments of the Historical Society of Watertown since it was established in 1888 will also be documented.