Watson's Corner

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Watson's Corner is the historical name for an intersection in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the corner of Rindge Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue. It was part of a wider area called Watson's Plain in colonial and Revolutionary War times and well into the 19th century.[1]

Watson's Corner gained notability on account of a skirmish that occurred there on April 19, 1775 in connection with the Battles of Lexington and Concord. A marker at 2154 Massachusetts Avenue commemorates the skirmish.[2] An account of this event from the Cambridge city website[3] describes the scene thus:[4]

At Watson’s Corner (the present intersection of Rindge and Massachusetts avenues) Cambridge patriots lay in wait behind a pile of barrels, but were surprised by flanking redcoats. John Hicks and Moses Richardson of Cambridge and Isaac Gardner of Brookline were killed, as was William Marcy, a "simple-minded youth" who thought he was watching a parade.[3]


  1. ^ Survey of Architectural History in Cambridge: Northwest Cambridge, 1977, ISBN 0-262-53032-5, Cambridge Historical Commission, Cambridge, Massachusetts, pp. 14-16, 39
  2. ^ "Watson's Corner" (PDF). Cambridge Historical Commission et al. 2000. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "The American Revolution Comes to Cambridge, Part III: Retreat: Deadly Skirmishes in North Cambridge" Archived May 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 1 May 2016
  4. ^ An obvious typo has been corrected.

Coordinates: 42°23′33.6″N 71°7′29.9″W / 42.392667°N 71.124972°W / 42.392667; -71.124972