Cambridgeport and Its 1812 Streets
A new book and related website by the Cambridge Historical Commission and Cambridge Historical Society explore the impact of the War of 1812 on Cambridgeport
The year 2012 marks the bicentennial of the start of the War of 1812. This conflict, little remembered now, devastated Cambridgeport’s aspirations to become a bustling commercial port and ruined the fortunes of investing families. Yet within 45 years a ladder of seven streets around Dana Park had been named for commanders, ships, and a decisive naval battle from that very war. Who named these streets? Why commemorate a conflict with such disastrous results for the area? Cambridgeport and Its 1812 Streets solves these mysteries. The book, rich with historic maps and illustrations, examines the growth of the neighborhood and the life and relationships of the man who named the streets.
The City of Cambridge has honored the 1812 streets with the installation of new historic markers. Each sign includes a web address, www.cambridgema.gov/1812, where neighborhood explorers may learn more. The site includes an overview of the war and biographical sketches of the men (and their ships) remembered in the streets names.
Cambridgeport and Its 1812 Streets — $6.50
Purchase on line at www2.cambridgema.gov/historic/publications.html