Watertown: Founders’ Monument
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At the end of July in the same year, 1630, Sir Richard Saltonstall led a second and permanent settling party of 115 households to Watertown. Several theories compete as to why he gave it the name. Valerie still thinks he made a mistake. Maybe she’d prefer “Pigs-go-suck.” At least seven of our ancestral families came with Saltonstall.

Near Watertown Square on the north bank of the Charles stands today a handsome Founders’ Monument, featuring a life-size statue of Saltonstall. Neither the Square nor the Monument apparently marks the location of Sir Richard’s Landing. Which, as it turns out, is credited to two different places, nearby.

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