Cambridge Common, Boston

Cambridge Common, Boston

Established in 1631 as a shared pasture and military training ground, Cambridge Common has continuously served as a hub for religious, social, and political gatherings. While history enthusiasts visit for its historical significance, locals come together here for activities like playing Frisbee and sunbathing. However, once the sun sets, it can become a quieter and more solitary place.

Legend has it that beneath a once-prominent tree in this meadow, George Washington assumed command of the Continental Army on July 3, 1775. Today, a stone memorial marks the spot where the "Washington Elm" stood, accompanied by various commemorative items, including three cannons captured from the British during the Boston evacuation, an engraving of Washington under the elm's shade, and monuments honoring two Polish army captains hired to lead revolutionary forces.

Elsewhere, the Irish Famine Memorial was unveiled in 1997 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of "Black '47", the deadliest year of the potato famine, while at the core of the Common, a substantial memorial pays tribute to the Union soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the Civil War. On the far side, there is an impressive park with a recently renovated playground. Inside, there's a Viking ship structure equipped with sand-and-water play features and a climbable web.

Lastly, just across Garden Street from the Common, you'll find a less crowded park called Radcliffe Yard, which was originally the heart of Radcliffe College, established in 1878 to provide women access to Harvard, which was exclusively male at the time. The yard itself is a picturesque and beautifully preserved quadrangle, enclosed by brick buildings supported by Ionic columns. It's adorned with statues and winding pathways, making it an ideal spot for a summer picnic or leisurely stroll.

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Sight Name: Cambridge Common
Sight Location: Boston, USA (See walking tours in Boston)
Sight Type: Park/Outdoor
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Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
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Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles

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