Waltham Common - Waltham, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NorStar
N 42° 22.533 W 071° 14.144
19T E 315930 N 4693895
The Waltham Common has City Hall situated in one corner, and several monuments and statues elsewhere in a square, treed open space.
Waymark Code: WMRFYH
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 06/20/2016
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
Views: 1

In the center of Waltham is the Waltham Common, a square treed green with city hall and monuments.

The common is at the corner of Main Street and Moody Street, and also bounded by Center Street and Elm Street.

The green is the main park in downtown Waltham. The terrain slopes gently downward to the south. Sidewalks run in all directions to the edges. There are tall trees that provide needed shade. On the northeast corner is Waltham City Hall, the seat of government for the city. On the northwest corner is a monument celebrating the centennial of Waltham as a city. Near the center is a gazebo used as a bandstand. In other parts are various monuments. The largest of these is a plaza with flag poles and engraved bricks for veterans of any war.

At the bandstand concerts are scheduled by Waltham Arts. See their web site for a schedule.

I don't have an exact date on when the common was founded. Waltham was incorporated as a town in 1738. A historic map scanned and accessed on the Waltham Historical Commission site shows the roads outlining a common area - thus, I'm using the date date of the maps as the earliest evidence of the common.


City of Waltham (Historical Commission - Historical Maps).
(visit link)
Name: Waltham Common

Street Location: Moody Street and Main Streeet

Local Municipality: Waltham

State/Province, etc.: Massachusetts

Country: United States of America

Web Site: [Web Link]

Memorial/Commemoration: No, but there is a Centennial Monument at one corner

Date Established: 1/1/1831

Picnic Facilities: Bandstand for concerts

Recreational Facilities:

Monuments/Statues: Several, various wars, including one with engraved bricks

Art (murals/sculpture, etc.): Sculpture of a former general

Fountains: None

Ponds/Lakes/Streams/Rivers/Beach: None

Special Events: http://www.walthamarts.org/

Traditional Geocaches: Not listed

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