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Devoted to the memory of her greatest son, John Brooks. Her history is replete with interest; her record is honorable. Into the Civil War she sent 769 Union soldiers. She has ever been foremost in the cause of education. The Keels of Medford-built ships have ploughed every sea. On the banks of the Mystic shipbuilding flourished seventy years. Responded with her Minute men to the call in 1775. Indian Chief Nanepashemit lived on Rock Hill, 1615. Cradock House built in 1634 still stands in good condition. Admitted to have one of the finest High School Buildings. Lydia Maria Child born in house occupied by Historical Society. Saw her favorite son seven times Governor of Massachusetts. On College Hill stands Tufts College, opened in August, 1855. City charter adopted 1892; City Government organized January, 1893. In natural beauties of woods and hills is well favored. Enjoys the distinction of being a city of homes. That because when every
Historic Sites. the work of the Committee on Historic Sites has taken permanent form in three tablets already placed, with the subject-matter for several others well under way. Those placed are as follows: built by Gov. Matthew Cradock, 1634. Cradock House, Riverside avenue. the aqueduct by which the Middlesex canal crossed the Mystic river Rested upon the identical Abutments and piers which now support this bridge. Boston-avenue bridge over Mystic river. here stood, 1727-1770, the second meeting House of Medford. Rev. Ebenezer Turrell. South side of High street, near meeting House Brook. This work has been, of necessity, slow. Not only have the records of Medford been examined very closely, but the records at East Cambridge and Boston. Tablets are under way to mark the site of the First Church, one for the Royall House, old Wade House, and many other historic spots. It is hoped by the committee to make this work thorough and complete with the gift of
ture in the decoration of these rooms. To return to the Blessing of the Bay—it must not be assumed that this vessel was the first ever built in New England. In 1607 a vessel of 30 tons, called the Virginia, was built at the mouth of the Kennebec river, by the Popham colonists, who started a settlement which ultimately collapsed. This vessel made several voyages across the Atlantic. An account of the colony, written by William Wood, who resided in the colony several years, published in 1634, gives us a glimpse of Medford in the earliest days of its settlement, and it incidentally refers to the next piece of ship-building which was done on the Mystic, or, as he calls it, Mistick: The next town is Mystick, which is three miles from Charlestown by land, and a league and one half by water. It is seated on the waterside very pleasantly; there are not many houses as yet. At the head of this river are great and spacious ponds, whither the alewives press to spawn. This being a note