Dorchester Illustration 2244 stone excavated at Four Corners

2244 stone at corner of Washington and Bowdoin Streets dug from excavation for new housing nearby

Dorchester Illustration no. 2244

The stone in today’s picture was excavated when foundation work was begun about a year ago at a development at Four Corners.  The stone is now located at the southeast corner of Washington and Bowdoin Streets but appears to have come from the development now under construction between Washington Street and Bowdoin Avenue on the north side of the intersection at approximately 324-336 Washington Street.  The stone has been described as a corner-stone, but it looks to me as if it may have had another purpose.  Please let us know if you have ideas.


The Dorchester Historical Society will host a program to mark the birthday of Edward Everett on Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m. at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U S. Senate.

Edward Everett, who was born in Dorchester, was elected to United States Senate and served from March 4, 1853 until June 1, 1854. Among his many achievements as a preeminent public man of the nineteenth century, Everett’s career included ten years in the House of Representatives, four years as governor of Massachusetts, an appointment as United States Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Great Britain from 1841-1845, and, briefly, Secretary of State.

At the Kennedy Institute, whose mission is to educate the public about the important role of the Senate in our government and encourage participatory democracy and civil discourse, visitors will learn about the history of the Senate through the use of interactive technology and have the opportunity to become a senator in training.


DHS has arranged for a specially guided tour for its members, and has secured a group admission rate of $8. Tickets will be available for purchase soon at the Society’s website, Members will also receive an invitation in the mail.

Join us as one of Dorchester’s oldest institutions pays a visit to its newest.


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