Unveiling of the Shick House historical marker
Sunday, June 26, 2022
183 Grove Street
Watertown, MA 02472
The Historical Society of Watertown, with funding from the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, has commissioned the creation of a sign to commemorate the house and farm once owned by Jacob and Mary Shick. The Shicks operated a dairy in Watertown for decades early in the 20th Century on what was one of the few Jewish-owned farms in Massachusetts.
The house, built in the 1850s, was in the Italianate style with elaborate interior plasterwork and a gracefully curving staircase, among other distinctive elements. The house was demolished in February 2022. The sign will identify the location of this historically significant property and its importance to Watertown’s history for generations to come.
As an homage to the Shick's dairy farm, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream located at Arsenal Yards will offer buy one, get one free cup or cone vouchers to attendees of this event. Free parking will be available in the Filippello Park lot.
Placement of marker commemorating the bravery of Boston Tea Party participant Major Samuel Barnard
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Common Street Cemetery
Common and Mount Auburn Streets
Watertown, MA 02472
Samuel Barnard (1737-1782), a blacksmith, farmer and someone who was active in town affairs, headed the Watertown militia in the years leading up to the American Revolution. He is one of the few Watertown men known by name to have participated in the Boston Tea Party in December 1773. He had charge of drilling the Watertown militia, part of Colonel Gardner’s Regiment, two hours a week and more in the autumn of 1774. Then, when word arrived of the fighting on Lexington Green, Captain Barnard gathered his men by the Meeting House and led them toward the front.
The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is gearing up to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party on December 16th, 2023. In honor of this important anniversary, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum hopes to commemorate the bravery of all known Boston Tea Party participants by placing commemorative markers at their graves throughout the Commonwealth and the nation.
Please join the Historical Society of Watertown and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum for this significant event, which will include a brief ceremony.