Most people are probably familiar with the historic sites in and around the Boston, MA area. However, it’s possible that many don’t that there’s a number of historical destinations right here in Brockton, MA. Though they might not be as talked or written about as the iconic Plymouth Rock and the famous Shot Heard Round the World, these educational landmarks are still full of history and community significance. So let’s take a look at just a few of those popular historic sites near Brockton, MA.
Dr. Edgar Everett Dean House
Located at 81 Green Street in Brockton is the Dr. Edgar Everett Dean House and the first stop on our virtual tour. Built in 1884, over 130 years ago, this was the home of Dr. Edgar Everett Dean, a prominent physician in the area. This two and a half story Queen Anne Victorian style home was designed by local architect Wesley Lyng Minor. Minor too was well known in the community at the time and is credited for the iconic Brockton City Hall Building.
Brockton Edison Electric Illuminating Company Power Station
If we take a short drive south-east to 70 School Street, we’ll find the Brockton Edison Electric Illuminating Company Power Station. Now that’s a mouthful. First built in 1883 by Thomas Edison, this impressive structure served as one of Edison’s earliest power plants. While in operation as a power station, the historic building housed three “H” dynamos, which were capable of illuminating about 1600 lamps. If that’s not enough to spark your interest, feel free to check out Wesley Lyng Minor’s Brockton City Hall Building located conveniently across School Street from the Power Station.
George C. Snow Fountain and Clock
Our second to last stop is about a mile north, at the intersection of North Main and East Main Streets. Here you’ll find the Winthrop Square Clock Park, which is home to and partly named after the George C. Snow Fountain and Clock. Commonly known as the Winthrop Square Fountain, this community centerpiece was built by the Edward Howard Clock Company in 1902 and donated by George C. Snow who lived close to the site. Though the horse trough now serves as a planter, its beautiful Quincy granite has a very local connection.
Forest Avenue School
This one-room schoolhouse is located on the grounds of the Brockton High School. Once serving the area’s children in 1875, the Forest Avenue School now operates as the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum and is run by the Little Red Schoolhouse Association. This quaint community museum showcases local history and stands as a link to the community’s past.
It seems like there’s a lot to learn about in Brockton, MA and that’s because there is. So the next time your site-seeing in Massachusetts, don’t fall into the common misbelief that the only places worth visiting are in Boston or Salem. Brockton, MA has a number of historical and educational sites that tell a piece of story that is our collective American history.