Great House Site
John Harvard Mall
North of City Sq, a shady, brick plaza leads up Town Hill. Back in the days of the earliest European settlements, a fort crowned Town...
Charlestown Navy Yard
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Bunker Hill Museum
Opposite the Bunker Hill Monument, this red-brick museum contains two floors of exhibits, including historical dioramas, a few artifacts...
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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 to reroute I-93 unearthed the foundation of a structure called the Great House, widely believed to be the home of Governor John Winthrop 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.