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SIR RICHARD’S LANDING

HERE AT THE RIVER’S EDGE
THE SETTLERS OF Watertown
LED BY SIR RICHARD SALTONSTALL
LANDED IN JUNE, 1630. LATER THIS
SPOT BECAME KNOWN AS GERRY’S
LANDING, FOR ELBRIDGE GERRY,
SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF
INDEPENDENCE AND GOVERNOR OF
MASSACHUSETTS WHO LIVED IN
“ELMWOOD” NEARBY.

MASSACHUSETTS BAY COLONY
TERCENTENARY COMMISSION
While Tercentenary markers have been known to perpetuate apocrypha, this location may well command a measure of belief. In Colonial times, the Charles was bounded on each side by a wide swath of marshland, not by the bike paths and neat landscaping we see now. Saltonstall may well have had to paddle and pole this far north to find solid ground.

Here’s some context on “Elmwood” and the “Gerry’s Landing” neighborhood.
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