Historic Markers: East Boston

Bennington Street Cemetery - Bennington and Swift Street

Founded in 1838, the cemetery is one of the oldest planned open spaces in East Boston and reflects the rapid growth and cultural diversity of the community. Intricately carved gravemarkers are illustrative of early 19th century trends toward elaborate monumentation and the creation of picturesque landscapes. An 1852 tree planting campaign created a living legacy and gives testimony to an early reforestation effort.

Temple Ohabei Shalom Cemetery - Wordsworth & Horace Sts.

In 1844, the City Council granted Boston's first synagogue permission to purchase this then-remote East Boston lot as a burying place. It was the first legally established Jewish cemetery in the state. Prior to this, Boston Jews were sent to Rhode Island, the West Indies, or Europe for burial in sacred ground. Temple Ohabei Shalom, formed in 1842 by German Jews from Boston's Fort Hill, remained downtown. From 1880, the port of East Boston served as gateway to its own large Jewish population, which often used these grounds as a park. The cemetery, still active, marks Boston's historic Jewish presence.

Trinity Neighborhood House - 406 Meridian St.*

Built in 1847 by Noah Sturtevant, this revered building is a fusion of Federal and Greek Revival styles. As part of the settlement house movement, Boston's Trinity Church offered services to recent immigrants and the poor here after 1917. Innovative health, recreational and community services were offered to women and children for generations. This national landmark was restored in 1993 by NOAH, the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, in order to provide housing for elders, singles and the physically disabled.

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* Indicates Designated Boston Landmark