We are fortunate to have many areas of historic and cultural sites within walking distance of our museum at 108 Beach Street.

The first historic site is the Rumney Marsh Burial Grounds on Butler St. The first interment in these hallowed grounds was of a woman named Mary Smith. She passed away in 1694 and was entombed in a wall near the local church. In 1748, when we bought the land for the cemetery, her remains were moved to the Rumney Marsh cemetery. Veterans from wars dating back to the years before the Revolution are buried in our cemetery. One, Job Warrow, a man of color, is in an unmarked grave. A recipient of the Medal of Honor has a monument to him for his courage during the Civil War and uniquely, we have two plaques erected on the site where over a dozen negro slaves are interred in unmarked graves. Their names, ages, and owners are written on those plaques.

Slade's Mill is a second site of historic significance. Located on Chelsea Creek, it was built by Thomas Pratt in the early 18th century as a grinding tide water mill where grain was processed and sold to our citizens. Later in the 19th century, Henry Slade and his two sons, David and Levi, renovated the mill and soon spices such as cinnamon, pepper, and ginger were imported from places such as Sumatra, Ceylon(Sri Lanka), and the East Indies to Slade's Mill to be ground into products that made food more palatable to our citizens.Today, one could visit the mill and on the first floor are pictures, and machinery from its glorious past.

Revere's city hall is an architectural marvel. Our town hall burned down in the late 19th century and a new town hall was built upon the same site. Tragically, our library was in the building and many books were destroyed as well. Within the council chamber are two pictures of Paul Revere's famous ride in 1775. One shows his capture at the hands of the British. On a skylight above the chamber is stained glass with the first words of Longfellow's famous poem which begins,"Listen my children and you shall hear.....".

Our library is also a gem for it was a gift from the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. In the late 19th century the Revere Woman's Club led by Samantha Sparhawk, appealed to Mr. Carnegie for a donation to build a library in the town of Revere. His gift of two thousand dollars matched by a gift from the Revere Journal made the building of the library a reality. Above the front door today are the words, " A Gift Andrew Carnegie" and in Roman numerals the year 1902.

Finally, the first naval battle in American history took place on Chelsea Creek. Combined colonial forces from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut stopped a British warship from sailing from Boston into Chelsea.

After courageous fighting, the Diana was stranded as the tide ebbed and patriots rowed out to the stricken vessel and set it ablaze. A monument today near the skating rink on Broadway marks the site of the battle and the words sum up its significance.

Besides these historic and cultural treasures, Revere can boast of several homes over 200 years old that still exist on their original sites, Renovated, they show how our city tries to preserve and protect the best in our community for now and future generations.