Today Watertown is rich in ethnic diversity and culture, boasts a high level of citizen involvement and many amenities such as shopping malls, high-end restaurants, swimming pools, country and tennis clubs, skating rinks, eleven fine parks and public transportation providing easy access to Boston and surrounding communities.
Watertown was founded in 1630 and was the first inland settlement in Massachusetts and initially encompassed the present communities of Weston, Waltham and large sections of Lincoln, Belmont, and Cambridge- thus becoming one of the largest American settlements of its time.
Settled by Englishmen who had set sail on the Arbella, and were led by Sir Richard Saltonstall, Watertown quickly grew to be an important center for trade, commerce, and industry.
Over the years this community has played an important role in Massachusetts history, once serving as the temporary seat of government during the Revolutionary war.
It was here that Paul Revere, who once resided in Watertown, printed the first paper money for the Province of Massachusetts. At the Old Bemis Mills located here canvas sails were woven for the U.S.S. Constitution. Manufacturing industries included that of the renowned Stanley Steamers as well as the old black Crawford Stoves. And just around the bend of Mt.Auburn Street outside Watertown Square the Mugar family opened what was to be the first of many stores in the famous Star Market chain.
Watertown is within 20 minutes travel of all major highways in Eastern Massachusetts, including the Massachusetts Turnpike, Routes 128, 95, 93, 2, 16, 20. In addition, it is service by rail lines and commuter bus lines, and has easy direct access to Logan International Airport in Boston via Storrow drive or the Mass Pike.
The town of Watertown is situated in Eastern Massachusetts, bordered by Belmont and Cambridge to the North, Boston and Newton to the south, and Waltham to the west. It is 6 miles northeast of Boston on the Charles River, 22 miles south of Lowell, 36 miles east of Worcester and 215 miles from Manhattan. Watertown is 4.16 sq. miles in size.
Transportation and Access:
Watertown is situated in the Greater Boston Area, which has excellent rail, air, and highway facilities. State Route 128 and Interstate Route 495 divide the region into inner and outer zones, which are connected by numerous “spokes” providing direct access to the airport, port, and intermodal facilities of Boston.
Principal highways are Route 20 and State Route 16, Massachusetts Turnpike and Storrow drive.
Commuter rail service to North Station, Boston, is available on the Gardner line from Waverly Station. Travel time: 17 min: no parking available. The MBTA Red Line is accessible from the Springfield Terminal Railway.
Watertown is a member of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation authority (MBTA). The MBTA provided fixed route service to neighboring communities and to Harvard and Central Stations on the Red Line. The MBTA also provides THE RIDE, a Para transit service for the elderly and disabled.
From the Galen Street terminal:
502- express bus to Copley via Newton Corner and the Mass Pike to Copley Square (St. James Street).
504- Express bus Downtown via Newton Corner and the Mass Pike to Federal St.
57- local service via Brighton center and Allston to Kenmore.
From Watertown Sq:
Local service to Harvard Sq via Mt. Auburn St.
Local service to Central Sq via Arsenal St.
Logan International Airport via the Mass Pike to the Airport exit (11mins).