Cambridge Then And Now

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA

One of my favorite things about Cambridge, and Harvard Square in particular, is how many decades, centuries actually, are commemorated here. 

From Colonial times to the recent past - there are buildings, monuments, plaques and more memorializing people, places and events from Cambridge's past.

Walk down any block and you're likely to come across the juxtaposition of Cambridge then and Cambridge now.

Here are a couple I spotted recently:

The first school house in Cambridge in 1646 was here on what is now Holyoke Street in Harvard Square. The street was called Crooked Lane in the 1600s.

Plaque showing the site of the first school house in Cambridge Mass

Today, where the school house once stood is Looks, a women's boutique - one of several you'll find in Harvard Square.

Looks - a women's boutique - in Harvard Square

On the other side of the square, in the Cambridge Common, this plaque marks the site of a Revolutionary War encampment (complete with a 21st century water bottle littering the lawn)

Plaque at the site of a Revolutionary War encampment in Cambridge Mass

 

Now, the site of a playground for Cambridge kids.

 

Playground on Cambridge Common

Take a walk around Cambridge and stroll through the centuries.

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Lottie Kendall
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I'm sad that my close ties to Cambridge and Boston are no longer there, but will continue to enjoy your posts, Liz. Thanks.

September 12, 2010 02:05 AM
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Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
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HI LIZ!  I can't wait to visit cities like this back east - and you're post really makes me want to visit sooner!  Nice work! -- Gab

September 16, 2010 05:42 PM
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Jim Frimmer
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1648? !! That's older than me! Did you pick up the plastic bottle and recycle it? Out here we get a nickle per bottle that size. If you do recycle 58 bottles, you have enough money to buy a cheap gallon of gas! LOL

September 16, 2010 08:41 PM
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Claudette Millette
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Liz:

This is nice piece on the history of Cambridge. What do you think our forefathers would have though of "Looks" boutique.  It looks pretty nice to me.

 

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Liz  Since you commnted on one of my posts yesterday I assume you are OK  I hope you are too busy to post  :)

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