Charlestown is a small, friendly neighborhood located within the city of Boston that began as an independent community founded by English colonists. Today, Charlestown is noted for its exceptionally rich collection of historic houses and industrial buildings. Charlestown is also a city rich in American history. During the Revolutionary War, following the battles of Concord and Lexington on April 19, 1775, the British headed toward Charlestown in retreat, and most of the townspeople fled the city. Two months later, on June 17, the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought in Charlestown. Although the battle was actually fought on nearby Breed's Hill, the plan had been to engage the British on Bunker Hill, and the name stuck. In the first decades of the 19th century, a group of prominent local citizens decided to erect a monument to the battle, and a 220 foot granite obelisk in the Egyptian Revival style was completed in 1842. Town Hill, the area of earliest settlement still retains the elliptical street pattern as originally laid out, and many of it’s 14,775 residents live in historic houses dating back to colonial times. With its quick access to downtown Boston by bus, subway or ferry and many stores, restaurants and theaters within walking distance, Charlestown is an excellent place to live.
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