You Can Help Preserve Our History

Please help us preserve a piece of local and national history? The Historical Society of Watertown's fundraiser is to help pay for maintenance and improvements to The Edmund Fowle House and Museum.
Built in 1772, the Edmund Fowle House is the second oldest surviving house in Watertown, MA and celebrates its 250th birthday this year. 
At the beginning of the American Revolution it served as headquarters for the executive branch of the Massachusetts government from July 1775 to September 1776. As part of this governance many historic people of note have stepped foot in the house, such as John Adams, Samuel Adams and John Hancock. On July 18th, 1776, Council Secretary, Perez Morton, proclaimed the newly approved Declaration of Independence to the whole town by reading it from a window of the second-floor Council Chamber at the Edmund Fowle House. Also, the Treaty of Watertown was signed on July 19, 1776, in the Council Chamber. This treaty was the first to be signed between the new United States (represented by Massachusetts) and a foreign power (the Mikmaq and St. John's Indian Nations). 
Today, the Fowle House serves as the home of the Historical Society of Watertown and is run as a museum. Even though the Edmund Fowle house underwent a major restoration in 2005, revealing many fascinating details of the building's long and varied history, as any homeowner will know, upkeep is a must. Your donation will help pay for period-specific shutter replacement, climate control upgrades plus essential projects and programs. Any donation will help make an impact.
You can also support these projects by becoming a member of the Historical Society of Watertown. Please visit our website ( for membership information.
Thank you in advance for your contribution.


  • William Clark
    • $40 
    • 2 mos
  • Barbara Ruskin
    • $50 
    • 2 mos
  • Thalia Meehan
    • $100 
    • 2 mos
  • Todd Rivers
    • $10 
    • 3 mos
  • Marjorie Wayne
    • $20 
    • 3 mos


Phyllis Perrone
Watertown, MA
Historical Society of Watertown
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.

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