As the headquarters of General Washington it will always hold a foremost place among the points of interest in Cambridge.
After Washington was appointed commander-in-chief of the American army — he left Philadelphia on the twenty-first of June, 1775, to join the troops whose headquarters were then at Cambridge.
He accomplished the whole of the journey on horseback, accompanied from place to place by mounted escorts.
He made all possible speed, arriving the second of July at Watertown, where the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts was in session, by which body he was warmly greeted.
He then proceeded to the quarters assigned to him in Cambridge.
As he approached the camp of the army which occupied about the site of the present common, he was greeted with shouts and the firing of artillery.
Congress ordered that all the rooms but one in the house of the president of Harvard College, now standing on Massachusetts avenue between Dane and Boylston Halls and known as the