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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.  Consider a historic plaque for your home.

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. 

Nominations for the 2016 Preservation Awards are due by April 8, 2016. To nominate a project, use the online application.  Nomination forms were sent out by notify me on March 14, 2016.  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 .
All are invited to attend the Preservaton Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Commander's Mansion, 440 Talcott Avenue, Watertown.

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