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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Lise Howe
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I love Cambridge. We owned a condo on Story Street, just off Harvard Square and I thought it was so wonderful to own a condo there. Have you been to Wagamama?

September 03, 2010 11:45 PM
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Liz - I loved the hsitory of Cambridge, and the Boston are in general. There is so much I have reliazed I have learned since leaving, but it was one of the things I really enjoyed about being there.

Jeff

September 03, 2010 11:52 PM
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Elizabeth Bolton
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Hi Lise ~ No kidding! I was just on Story Street taking a photo for a post last week - and thinking that you can't get much closer to the heart of Harvard Square than that street.  And no - I haven't been to Wagamama - figures I'd learn about it on AR - too funny!

Liz

September 03, 2010 11:54 PM
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Elizabeth Bolton
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Hi Jeff ~ It can become easy to take it for granted when you're surrounded by it - for me at least. My favorite plaque in Harvard Square is the one about the Hong Kong. That tickled my funny bone for sure. Good old Cambridge.

Liz

September 03, 2010 11:59 PM
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Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
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Liz,

The foundation of our nation's history seems so touchable in Boston.

Steve

September 04, 2010 11:51 AM
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Joseph D. Federico
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Liz-Great info on some of the history of Cambridge.

September 05, 2010 08:59 AM
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Larry Lawfer
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Liz, the history in New England stretches back to our earliest days, not so Texas.  I do love the sense of history in the northeast, but have found that the history of an area is deeply loved by the people who call it home.  The way this is related to real estate to me is through the homes, styles, names of streets (as you pointed out) and the people who live there. Thanks for your blog.

September 07, 2010 09:49 AM
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Liz  I enjoyed this very much - we both have the good fortune to live in very historic areas which provides blog material

September 07, 2010 10:44 AM
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John Cannata
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I think that is whats great about Mass. in general. So much history!

September 07, 2010 11:22 AM
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Liz ~ I think it is important to know the history of where you live.  We have a Indian Mound in the middle of town that is never to be sold or used for anything.  I love it when people marked their history as such like the brick above. 

September 07, 2010 02:54 PM
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John J. Dean, Jr.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cambridge MA

Liz

it is amazing how many of these signs we walk past daily ... I love it that you took the time to slow things down and show how time has changed Cambridge.

September 08, 2010 04:45 PM
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Michael Bergin
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Don't you love living with history?  I'm always so frustrated with young people say history is boring - it's not, it's alive and well and all around us.

September 08, 2010 10:14 PM
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Joan Whitebook
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Cambridge is full of history.. It is one of the first places I visited when we moved to NH.  I love these types of posts.

September 08, 2010 10:37 PM
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Gloria Todor and Doug Durren - Delaware County PA Real Estate
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Liz, That's great how you are showing what is there now.  A great start to a series......

The east coast is rich in history.

gloria

September 10, 2010 10:58 PM
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Marianne Cherico
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Liz,

That is what is so cool about Boston. I have always loved the juxtaposition of Trinity Church and the Hancock building in Copley Square.

And Cambridge is filled with so much soul!

Hope you are well!

Marianne

September 11, 2010 02:59 PM
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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.

 

September 19, 2010 08:52 AM
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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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