Great House Site
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Great House Site information
Besides being an urban plaza, the aptly named City Sq is also an archaeological site. Big Dig construction unearthed the foundation for a structure called the Great House, widely believed to be John Winthrop’s house and the seat of government in 1630.
Winthrop soon moved across the Charles to the Shawmut Peninsula, and the Great House became the Three Cranes Tavern, as documented in 1635. Informative dioramas demonstrate the remains of the kitchen, the main hall and the wine cellar.