Historic Watertown: Historic Homes, The S.S. Watertown

Watertown – Several weeks ago, Watertown Weekly News approached the Historical Society of Watertown to ask them about some places, people, and stories that have had an impact on Watertown’s history but are known to few people in the community. After working with the historical society, WCA-TV ventured to the homes of John Cassidy, Henry Chase, and the location of the Homecroft Movement.

Henry Chase was the head of what was known as the New England Watch & Ward Society, which operated in Boston from the late 19th century to the middle of the 20th century. This organization was committed to suppressing vices in Boston, such as gambling and censoring books.

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Photo by Dan Hogan

George Maxwell’s home near the intersection of Main Street and Waverly Avenue was the site of what was known as the Homecroft movement – a national farming effort that aimed to teach people how to have small scale but intensively farmed plots of land very close to their homes.

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Photo by Dan Hogan

John Cassidy was a resident in Watertown during the 19th and early 20th centuries and was one of the town largest property owners. Through his efforts, he helped construct the S.S. Watertown, which launched across the street from what is now the intersection of Palmer Street and Charles River Road.

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Photo Courtesy Digital Commonwealth

Learn about these people, their organizations, and their endeavors in this installment of our ongoing series “Historic Watertown,” featuring David Russo and John Airasian Sr..


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Produced by Andrea Santopietro, Outreach Coordinator
Dan Hogan, News Producer
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