One main institution in Watertown is the Perkins School for the Blind. First opened in 1829 as the first school for the blind in the country, it also manufactures its own teaching tools such as the Perkins Brailler and Smart Brailler. Named in honor of Thomas Perkins, a wealthy blind man, the school outgrew its original structure and was moved to a mansion donated by Samuel Gridley Howe. The school moved once again in 1912 due to its rapid growth. Charles Dickens visited the school in the 1840s and Helen Keller attended the school from 1888 to 1893.
Finding a place to enjoy the history and the culture of the city is easy by visiting a few of the places that Watertown has to offer. Make a stop at The Armenian Library and Museum of America and browse through the large collection of works that reflect the culture of the Armenian people over the last 3,000 years. The collection includes books, textiles, photographs, and more. You can also visit the Mount Auburn Cemetery to get a glimpse of the city’s past. The cemetery was founded in 1831 and is home to over 93,000 burial plots, some of which belong to notable people.