My talk last night at Gen. Washington’s 1775-76 headquarters kept coming back to this map of that part of Cambridge in 1776. Some folks wanted yet another look, so here it is.
This is a detail of the wonderful map that Henry Pelham engraved in England after leaving Boston with the British military in 1776. You can explore the whole thing through the Library of Congress’s website of maps from the American Revolution and Its Era. North on this map is at about two o’clock, in case you’re having trouble orienting it with today’s streets and Charles River.
All five mansions that Pelham labeled in the top half of this detail are still standing:
- The house of “Lt. Govr. Oliver” is Elmwood, official residence of Harvard’s president.
- The homes of “Mr. Fairweather” and “Judge Sewall” are in private hands, the latter with a redesigned exterior.
- The house of “Judge Lee” is headquarters of the Cambridge Historical Society.
- The house of “Col. Vassel” is Longfellow National Historic Site, where I was speaking.