Each tour includes a downloadable guide or map.

  • Self-Guided Tour: Cambridge and the American Revolution
    This tour hopes to shed light on the Revolutionary events that occurred in Cambridge. It is intended to personify its leaders, highlighting both their strengths and their humanity. It also hopes to take the viewer back to a time before the United States was born, before the Constitution was ratified, and before an American victory was assumed. Read More
  • Self-Guided Bike Tour: Pedaling the People’s Republic, A History of Political Activism in Cambridge
    The city played a central role in the American Revolution and the abolitionist movement before being named “The People’s Republic” for its role in the anti-war, civil rights, tenant’s rights, gay rights, sustainable development, and environmental movements. Pedaling the People’s Republic will take participants on a tour of past political activity from the Revolution to the grass roots movements of the 20th century. Read More
  • Washington's Headquarters; Longfellow HouseSelf-Guided Walking Tour: “Cambridge Through the Pages”
    Did you know that Cambridge has been home to a mad scientist who can revive the dead, a teenager who met with George Washington, and a man who can see into his own future? Across the centuries, Cambridge has inspired writers of fiction and poetry as an ideal setting for their literary creations. This tour steps into the fictional worlds that these writers have imagined. From haunted houses to Harvard Square cafes, you will visit a variety of sites featured in works of literature that take place in Cambridge. Read More
  • Huron Village’s Modern Houses
    Although Huron Village is dominated by houses dating from after the Civil War to the first quarter of the twentieth century, it is actually well furnished with what are still called “modern houses.” We say “Modern,” although the four following examples were built nearly a half century to three quarters of a century ago. Three were built as the architect’s own house or for his parents, a time-tested method of introducing a difficult new style into a neighborhood. Read More
  • Self-Guided Walking Tour: “Caribbean Community in the Port”
    This tour focuses on the history of the Caribbean community in the Port through personal stories in the context of places of work, education, worship, and outreach. Read More
  • Self-Guided Walking Tour: “Clay, Bricks, Dump, Park: A Walking Tour of North Cambridge”
    This tour begins with glacial time - 10,000 years ago when ice left behind vast deposits of clay in North Cambridge, then fast-forwards 9,800 years to the neighborhood's brickmaking heyday, and the dump left in its wake. Clay shaped one of Cambridge's biggest industries, and the lives of North Cantabrigians for generations. Take a walk through North Cambridge to find out how. Read More