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Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Dorchester, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA

On May 20, 1639, the first free American public school, the Mather school, was founded in Dorchester.

Dorchester includes: Calf Pasture, Canterbury, Cedar Grove, Central Avenue, Codman Square, Fields Corner, Glover's Corner, Grove Hall, Harrison Square, Harvard Street Station, Lower Mills, Meeting House Hill, Neponset, Savin Hill, and Uphams Corner.



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  • 1630 - In September 1630, Governor John Winthrop and the Massachusetts Bay Colony settlers traveled to the peninsula, known as Shawmut by the Algonquins, and founded Dorchester, the first part of the city of Boston.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html

  • 1639 - May 20 - The first free American public school, the Mather school, was founded in Dorchester, a neighborhood of Boston


  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    Blake House, 1912

    The James Blake House is the oldest surviving house in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The house was built in 1661. Dorchester Historical Society

    The house was built in a Western English style of post-medieval... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 1717 - March 7 - The Great Snow, a composite of four winter storms to hit the eastern U.S. in nine days, finally came to an end.
    Snow depths averaged 60 inches following the storm. Up to four feet of snow fell around Boston MA, and snow drifts 25 feet high were reported around D...Read MORE...


  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    Walter Baker Chocolate Mills (Webb Mill, and Baker Mill), Dorchester, Mass.

    "The Baker Chocolate Company is the oldest producer of chocolate in the United States. The company was initially established when a physician named Dr. James Baker met... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 1845 - DORCHESTER. [Pop. 4,875. Inc. 1630.]
    NORFOLK COUNTY

    Dorchester was named after Dorchester in England, from which some of the first settlers came. The Indian name was Matapan.

    ...Read MORE...


  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    Dorchester High School, 1913

    Dorchester High School was founded in 1852 in what was then the independent town of Dorchester, Massachusetts. In 1870, Dorchester was annexed by the City of Boston and Dorchester High came under the jurisdiction of... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 1854 - Dorchester
    Dorchester, a post-village of Norfolk county, Massachusetts, on Dorchester bay, and on the Old Colony railroad, 5 miles S. of Boston. It has considera...Read MORE...


  • 1869 - Dorchester Annexed to Boston
    Dorchester the Indian name of which was Mattapan, was named in honor of the Rev. John White, of Dorchester, the capital of Dorset County, England. It ...Read MORE...


  • 1870 - January 3 - Dorchester is annexed to Boston

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • News 1873 - For the Love of "Rob"
    A widow in Dorchester, Mass., has been three times married. Her first husband was Robb, the second Robbins and the third Robinson. The same door plate...Read MORE...


  • News 1891 - SIX LIVES LOST. A PLEASURE PARTY THROWN INTO THE WATER BY THE VESSEL OVERTURNING.
    Boston, Aug. 10. - A sad accident occurred on Dorchester Bay yesterday afternoon by which six persons lost their lives. The yacht Nay, owned and saile...Read MORE...


  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    Edward Everett Square

    Edward Everett Square, in Dorchester, Boston, is the intersection of Columbia Road, Massachusetts Avenue, East Cottage Street and Boston Street, that was named in 1894 after a former Governor of Massachusetts, Edward... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 1895 - Dorchester
    Dorchester, a former town of Suffolk co., Mass, situated on Massachusetts Bay, 4 miles S. of Boston, on the Old Colony Railroad and the New York & New...Read MORE...


  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    Walter Baker & Co.
    Dorchester, Mass.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    January 1898
    Advertisement
  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    Washington Street, Dorchester, Mass.
    Postcard
  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    First Parish Church and Lyceum Hall, Dorchester, Mass.
    Postcard
  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    New W. E. Endicott School, Blue Hill Ave., 1908

    2 McLellan Street, Dorchester
    Built 1906
    James E. McLaughlin, Architect

    William Endicott (1842-1903) served for 40 years in the Boston Schools. He was Master of the Christopher Gibson School.... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    Municipal Building, 1906
    Postcard
  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    "Meeting House" Hill Unitarian Church, 1906
    Postcard
  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    Codman Square, Washington St. Second Cong. Church

    Baker’s Corner was re-named Codman Square for the Rev. John Codman, the first minister of the Second Church, who presided as minister of the church from 1808 until he died in 1847. Rev. Codman was ... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    Eaton Sq., 1910

    Coppen Square, a small green at the corner of Bowdoin and Quincy Streets, was originally named Eaton Square after Percival Eaton, whose family kept a tavern there from the time of the American Revolution to the Civil War. wikipedia
    Postcard
  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    Grove Hall, 1910

    The first 200 years of settlement (1650-1850) was characterized by farms, summer estates, and orchards, including, in 1832, the estate of horticulturalist Marshall P. Wilder who used the land to experiment with many varieties of... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    Home of Edward Everett Hale, 1910
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  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    St. Margaret's Church
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  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    W. E. Russell School, 1911

    In 1903, the William E. Russell School in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, designed by James Mulcahy, was named in his honor. wikipedia
    Postcard
  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    Harris School
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  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    Henry L. Pierce School
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  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    Parsonage & St. Peter's Church
    Postcard
  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    Dorchester Temple
    Postcard
  • 1916
    Dorchester, a former town of Suffolk co., Mass., situated on Massachusetts Bay, 4 miles S. of Boston, to which it was annexed in 1869. It has extensiv...Read MORE...


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    Women's Club
    Postcard
  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    Colonial Club
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  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    High School for Girls
    Postcard
  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    Immanuel Church
    Postcard
  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    Boston Public Library, Codman Square Branch
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  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    St. Marks Church
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  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    St. Hughes Church
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  • Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*
    The Carney Hospital

    Carney Hospital was established in 1863 in South Boston by Andrew Carney with a $75,000 donation and with Sister Ann Alexis Shorb, Carney's choice for its first administrator and a member of the Daughters of Charity of St.... Read MORE...

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Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*


Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

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Blake House, 1912

The James Blake House is the oldest surviving house in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The house was built in 1661. Dorchester Historical Society

The house was built in a Western English style of post-medieval... Read MORE...

Read more about James BLAKE

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

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Walter Baker Chocolate Mills (Webb Mill, and Baker Mill), Dorchester, Mass.

"The Baker Chocolate Company is the oldest producer of chocolate in the United States. The company was initially established when a physician named Dr. James Baker met... Read MORE...

Read more about James BAKER photo of ancestor

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

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Dorchester High School, 1913

Dorchester High School was founded in 1852 in what was then the independent town of Dorchester, Massachusetts. In 1870, Dorchester was annexed by the City of Boston and Dorchester High came under the jurisdiction of... Read MORE...

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
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Edward Everett Square

Edward Everett Square, in Dorchester, Boston, is the intersection of Columbia Road, Massachusetts Avenue, East Cottage Street and Boston Street, that was named in 1894 after a former Governor of Massachusetts, Edward... Read MORE...

Read more about Edward EVERETT photo of ancestor

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

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Walter Baker & Co.
Dorchester, Mass.

The Ladies' Home Journal
January 1898
Read more about Walter BAKER photo of ancestor

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

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Washington Street, Dorchester, Mass.

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
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First Parish Church and Lyceum Hall, Dorchester, Mass.

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
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New W. E. Endicott School, Blue Hill Ave., 1908

2 McLellan Street, Dorchester
Built 1906
James E. McLaughlin, Architect

William Endicott (1842-1903) served for 40 years in the Boston Schools. He was Master of the Christopher Gibson School.... Read MORE...

Read more about William Ellis ENDICOTT

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

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Municipal Building, 1906

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
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"Meeting House" Hill Unitarian Church, 1906

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
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Codman Square, Washington St. Second Cong. Church

Baker’s Corner was re-named Codman Square for the Rev. John Codman, the first minister of the Second Church, who presided as minister of the church from 1808 until he died in 1847. Rev. Codman was ... Read MORE...

Read more about John CODMAN photo of ancestor

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

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Eaton Sq., 1910

Coppen Square, a small green at the corner of Bowdoin and Quincy Streets, was originally named Eaton Square after Percival Eaton, whose family kept a tavern there from the time of the American Revolution to the Civil War. wikipedia

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
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Grove Hall, 1910

The first 200 years of settlement (1650-1850) was characterized by farms, summer estates, and orchards, including, in 1832, the estate of horticulturalist Marshall P. Wilder who used the land to experiment with many varieties of... Read MORE...

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
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Home of Edward Everett Hale, 1910
Read more about Edward Everett HALE photo of ancestor

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

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St. Margaret's Church

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
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W. E. Russell School, 1911

In 1903, the William E. Russell School in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, designed by James Mulcahy, was named in his honor. wikipedia
Read more about William Eustis RUSSELL photo of ancestor

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

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Harris School

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
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Henry L. Pierce School

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
Pinterest
Parsonage & St. Peter's Church

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
Pinterest
Dorchester Temple

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
Pinterest
Women's Club

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
Pinterest
Colonial Club

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
Pinterest
High School for Girls

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
Pinterest
Immanuel Church

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
Pinterest
Boston Public Library, Codman Square Branch

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
Pinterest
St. Marks Church

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
Pinterest
St. Hughes Church

Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

Postcard
Pinterest
The Carney Hospital

Carney Hospital was established in 1863 in South Boston by Andrew Carney with a $75,000 donation and with Sister Ann Alexis Shorb, Carney's choice for its first administrator and a member of the Daughters of Charity of St.... Read MORE...

Read more about Andrew CARNEY photo of ancestor

History, News and Stories of Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA*

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  • 1630 - In September 1630, Governor John Winthrop and the Massachusetts Bay Colony settlers traveled to the peninsula, known as Shawmut by the Algonquins, and founded Dorchester, the first part of the city of Boston.

    www.e-referencedesk.com/ resources/ state-history-timeline/ massachusetts.html

    Read more about John WINTHROP photo of ancestor
  • 1639 - May 20 - The first free American public school, the Mather school, was founded in Dorchester, a neighborhood of Boston
  • The Boston History Project: Upham's Corner in Dorchester


    The Boston History Project: Upham's Corner in Dorchester (www.youtube.com)
  • 1717 - March 7 - The Great Snow, a composite of four winter storms to hit the eastern U.S. in nine days, finally came to an end.
    Snow depths averaged 60 inches following the storm. Up to four feet of snow fell around Boston MA, and snow drifts 25 feet high were reported around... Read MORE...

  • 1845 - DORCHESTER. [Pop. 4,875. Inc. 1630.]
    NORFOLK COUNTY

    Dorchester was named after Dorchester in England, from which some of the first settlers came. The Indian name was Matapan.

    ... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Dorchester
    Dorchester, a post-village of Norfolk county, Massachusetts, on Dorchester bay, and on the Old Colony railroad, 5 miles S. of Boston. It has... Read MORE...

  • 1869 - Dorchester Annexed to Boston
    Dorchester the Indian name of which was Mattapan, was named in honor of the Rev. John White, of Dorchester, the capital of Dorset County, England. It ... Read MORE...

  • 1870 - January 3 - Dorchester is annexed to Boston

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • News  1873 - For the Love of "Rob"
    A widow in Dorchester, Mass., has been three times married. Her first husband was Robb, the second Robbins and the third Robinson. The same door... Read MORE...

  • News  1891 - SIX LIVES LOST. A PLEASURE PARTY THROWN INTO THE WATER BY THE VESSEL OVERTURNING.
    Boston, Aug. 10. - A sad accident occurred on Dorchester Bay yesterday afternoon by which six persons lost their lives. The yacht Nay, owned and... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Dorchester
    Dorchester, a former town of Suffolk co., Mass, situated on Massachusetts Bay, 4 miles S. of Boston, on the Old Colony Railroad and the New York &... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Dorchester, a former town of Suffolk co., Mass., situated on Massachusetts Bay, 4 miles S. of Boston, to which it was annexed in 1869. It has... Read MORE...

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