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On the Watertown Seal is a picture of an English Colonist and an Indian exchanging, as peace tokens,  bread for fish.  Captain Roger Clap landed at Nantasket Point in 1630 and rode up Charles River to Gerry's Landing with the first party of Watertown Colonists.
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Historical Commission

What We Do

The Watertown Historical Commission was established in 1985 to preserve, protect, and advocate for the Town’s historical or archaeological resources.

Our responsibilities include implementing the
Demolition Delay Ordinance, researching places of historic or archaeological value, educational outreach to the community, building upon the base of historic knowledge already in existence, and establishing long-lasting protection of these resources for future generations.

The Commission cooperates with the
Massachusetts Historical Commission and the State Archaeologist and renders opinions and recommendations to the Town Council, Town departments, and the public. 

Historic Plaque Program

Did you know that you can order a historic plaque to display on your home which identifies the year it was built, the architect or builders name, or the name of the original owner?  You may clique on the link here
 historic plaque to access an application for your home today.  A member of the commission will conduct the research on your home if you are not aware of the history of your home already.

Preservation Awards
The Watertown Historical Commission Preservation Awards can be awarded to any individual, organization or project that has contributed to the preservation or recognition of Watertown's Historic resources. 

You may click the following link to an article from the 2016 Historic Preservation Awards which was held on May 19, 2016. 
Watertown residents receive historic honors

Nominations for the 2017 Preservation Awards will be posted as plans for the awards ceremony commence early in the spring of 2017.  Nomination forms will be sent out on a notify me by around Mid- March 2017 and posted to this site for easy access.

All are invited to attend the Preservation Awards Ceremony which are held at the Commander's Mansion, 440 Talcott Avenue, Watertown.

To be added to the notify me list for Historical Preservation, go to the home web page and sign up by clicking the option for Historical Preservation listed under Notify Me. 
If you have any questions feel free to contact the Clerk for the Office of Conservation and Preservation, Susan Jenness at (617) 972-6426 or email her at .

Historical Commission Meetings

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings.
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Minutes are available following approval.
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Christopher Hayward
Preservation Agent

Susan C. Jenness

Town Hall, Third Floor
149 Main St.
Watertown, MA 02472

Ph: (617) 972-6426
Fx: (617) 972-6484

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm


  • J. B. Jones

       59 Adams Ave.
        Term Expires: October 1, 2014

  • Thomas Melone

       115 Russell Ave.
         Term Expires: October 1, 2013

  • Elisabeth H. Loukas

       16 Carlton Terrace
       Term Expires:  October 1, 2015

  • Marilynne K. Roach

       141 Marshall Street
       Term Expires:  October 1, 2014



  • David J. Russo, Jr., Chair
    115 Irving Street
    Term Expires: October 1, 2014
  • Susan T. Steele

        77 Russell Ave.
          Term Expires: October 1, 2015

  • Donald S. Berg

        162 Spring Street
        Term Expires:  October 1, 2013

For more information regarding historic resources in Watertown, please view our Useful Links.

The Commission Is Not A Society

The Watertown Historical Commission was established by the Town as a regulatory commission. We are an all-volunteer commission which is part of the Town government, appointed by the Town Manager.

A common misconception is that we are the Historical Society of Watertown, a private non-profit organization. You can contact them at: 28 Marshall St., Watertown, MA 02472  617-923-6067 or