Abraham Watson House

The house was built in 1751 on what is now Massachusetts Avenue near the intersection of Rindge Avenue and Pemberton Street. In the mid-eighteenth century, it was moved to an address on what is now Sherman Street.

Abraham Watson was an established tanner. His obituary, published in the Boston Gazette, praised him as, “a gentleman of superior abilities, which early introduced him into public life, being honored with a commission for the peace, and much employed in the public affairs of the town, parish, and church. In the American Revolution, he took an early and decided part, representing the town in the Provincial Congress of the first General Court and in the Convention for forming the Constitution of the Commonwealth [of Massachusetts].” Additionally, he was a member of the Committee of Correspondence, a patriot communication network between towns that was utilized in the years leading up to the Revolution.

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