Explore Unique Things to Do in Cambridge for History Buffs
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Discover Fascinating Colonial Treasures & Historical Things to Do in Cambridge
Established in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England, Cambridge is one of the oldest cities in America. It played a crucial role in the American Revolution and has attracted movers and shakers for centuries. History buffs will find a wealth of things to do in Cambridge.
Explore the Most Interesting Historical Attractions in Cambridge
- Washington Elm Tree at Cambridge Common – Find the small bronze plaque under the elm tree to see exactly where George Washington officially took command of the Continental Army on July 3, 1775. Cambridge Common was the troops' training ground.
- Mount Auburn Cemetery – For those with a gothic streak, this beautifully landscaped cemetery from 1831 (the first in the U.S.) doubles as an arboretum with panoramic views of Boston and Cambridge.
- Longfellow National Historic Site – While Boston was under siege by the British in the Revolutionary War, this was Washington's headquarters. Later it was the home of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
- Harvard Square – The center of Harvard University, Harvard Square was established in 1630 as the colonial village of Newtown. It was the first planned town in New England, and the streets that were laid out then are still in use today. America's first printing press was set up at Harvard Square, which has always been a hub for printers, publishers, poets, authors, and booksellers.
Feel Inspired by the Past at Our Cambridge Hotel Near Harvard Square
In Cambridge, you don't have to search very far to hear the echoes of the past. History is all around you, especially when you stay in the heart of the city at Freepoint Hotel. We're just a short walk from the Alewife Train Station, close to Harvard Square, Kendall Square, and Downtown Boston. Discover genuine character and modern luxury during your stay in Cambridge.