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George Washington in the Boston area, mapped

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George Washington spent a considerable amount of time in the Boston area from the spring of 1775 through the spring of 1776. He had to: The Siege of Boston was underway as the first major military contest of the American Revolution.

He also returned as president in October 1789.

Here is a map of where Washington spent both jags as well as the surviving signs of his presence in the area.

[Sources: MountVernon.org; WalkingBoston.com]

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1. Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

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105 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-4491
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In late July 1775, Washington established his headquarters for the siege at this house, which John Vassall, a British loyalist, owned.

Martha Washington joined the general here in December 1775.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow made the house his home in the next century, hence its name.

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2. Cambridge Common

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Waterhouse St & Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 349-4639
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It’s a myth that Washington took command under the Common’s so-called Washington Elm (the original tree associated with the myth died in the 1920s anyway).

But he did train troops on the Common. And there are reminders of that fact in the form of a trio of cannons seized from the British still on display there.

3. Christ Church Cambridge

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0 Garden St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-0200
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Washington’s army used this Episcopalian church as a barracks during the siege, but Martha Washington requested a service be held here on New Year’s Eve 1775.

The general was in attendance.

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4. Wadsworth House

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1341 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-5727
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This Harvard building was Washington’s first headquarters during the siege.

He and his staff occupied it for a couple of weeks in early July 1775.

5. Fort Washington Park

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95 Waverly St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 349-6200
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This park sports not only clear vestiges of the oldest surviving fortification from the Revolutionary War, but five life-size, painted-steel silhouettes, including of four Continental Army troops.

6. John Hancock’s old house

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30 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108

Located at 30 Beacon Street, the house of the first governor of Massachusetts under the state’s constitution was unceremoniously demolished in 1863.

Seventy-four years earlier, in October 1789, it (and Gov. Hancock) hosted George Washington.

7. Warren Tavern

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2 Pleasant St
Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 241-8142
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Washington dropped in on this now-238-year-old pub during an October 1789 visit that was part of the relatively new president’s tour of the relatively young nation.

8. King's Chapel

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58 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 523-1749
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On that same October 27, 1789, Washington attended a concert at the church and sat in the Governor’s Pew (which is still there).

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9. Old Trinity Church

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101 Arch St
Boston, MA 02110

Washington worshiped here on October 25, 1789, during a presidential tour of the nation.

The Trinity Church that was on this approximate spot burned down in the great fire that swept downtown Boston in 1872.

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10. Faneuil Hall

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4 S Market St
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 523-1300
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Washington was the guest of honor at a banquet here on October 27, 1789.

The exterior of Faneuil Hall in Boston. The facade is red brick and there is a tower. ArtifyAnalog/Shutterstock

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1. Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

105 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Wikipedia

In late July 1775, Washington established his headquarters for the siege at this house, which John Vassall, a British loyalist, owned.

Martha Washington joined the general here in December 1775.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow made the house his home in the next century, hence its name.

105 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. Cambridge Common

Waterhouse St & Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

It’s a myth that Washington took command under the Common’s so-called Washington Elm (the original tree associated with the myth died in the 1920s anyway).

But he did train troops on the Common. And there are reminders of that fact in the form of a trio of cannons seized from the British still on display there.

Waterhouse St & Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Christ Church Cambridge

0 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Christ Church

Washington’s army used this Episcopalian church as a barracks during the siege, but Martha Washington requested a service be held here on New Year’s Eve 1775.

The general was in attendance.

0 Garden St
Cambridge, MA 02138

4. Wadsworth House

1341 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

This Harvard building was Washington’s first headquarters during the siege.

He and his staff occupied it for a couple of weeks in early July 1775.

1341 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Fort Washington Park

95 Waverly St, Cambridge, MA 02139

This park sports not only clear vestiges of the oldest surviving fortification from the Revolutionary War, but five life-size, painted-steel silhouettes, including of four Continental Army troops.

95 Waverly St
Cambridge, MA 02139

6. John Hancock’s old house

30 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108

Located at 30 Beacon Street, the house of the first governor of Massachusetts under the state’s constitution was unceremoniously demolished in 1863.

Seventy-four years earlier, in October 1789, it (and Gov. Hancock) hosted George Washington.

30 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108

7. Warren Tavern

2 Pleasant St, Charlestown, MA 02129

Washington dropped in on this now-238-year-old pub during an October 1789 visit that was part of the relatively new president’s tour of the relatively young nation.

2 Pleasant St
Charlestown, MA 02129

8. King's Chapel

58 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108
Zack Frank/Shutterstock

On that same October 27, 1789, Washington attended a concert at the church and sat in the Governor’s Pew (which is still there).

58 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02108

9. Old Trinity Church

101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110
Boston Public Library/Wikipedia

Washington worshiped here on October 25, 1789, during a presidential tour of the nation.

The Trinity Church that was on this approximate spot burned down in the great fire that swept downtown Boston in 1872.

101 Arch St
Boston, MA 02110

10. Faneuil Hall

4 S Market St, Boston, MA 02109
The exterior of Faneuil Hall in Boston. The facade is red brick and there is a tower. ArtifyAnalog/Shutterstock

Washington was the guest of honor at a banquet here on October 27, 1789.

4 S Market St
Boston, MA 02109