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History of Charlestown

History of Charlestown

Charlestown is a one square mile neighborhood in Boston full of history and a long lineage of Irish-American's who settled there after the Great Irish Famine. Home to the Bunker Hill Monument, a key site during the revolutionary war, and the 1977 U.S.S. Constitution warship, it is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Famous individuals including George Washington, Paul Revere and President John F. Kennedy have walked the red brick streets of the historical neighborhood. Orignally called "Mishawaum," it is located on a peninsula north of the Charles River, across from downtown Boston, and also adjoins the Mystic River and Boston Harbor.

Today Charlestown is a largely residential neighborhood. With a population of 16,884, the town is made up of those who were born and raised there, known as 'townies' and young urban professionals who have moved to the city from surrounding suburbs and states. With it's many parks, and waterfront views it is the perfect spot to enjoy a warm summer day. In the winter, locals can be found hanging out at Sullivan's pub or the Warren Tavern. Charlestown is home to many historic sites, hospitals and organizations, with access from the Orange Line Sullivan Square or Community College stops or the I-93 expressway.

Charlestown is a tight-knit community with families who have resided there for generations. As City Councilor, my goal for Charlestown is to ensure all children in the neighborhood recieve a quality education, that all those who were raised in the neighborhood can afford to raise their own families there, and to relieve the town of the traffic congestion brought on by the surrounding areas to make the neighborhood more accesible for all.

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updated: 2 years ago