t north of the lock, and was built before the one at Wilmington, which was its counterpart.
There was, however, on the spot an older building, which formed its ell, this shown by the difference in material and construction.
The addition, made in 1830, was upon the front, and contained a large dining room, and across the entrance hall was the barroom, where the boatmen indulged in rum and molasses, popularly known as black strap.
Two noble elms shaded the house and were sacrificed in the build of the avenue in ‘73.
In the spring of ‘89 the tavern was removed to the bank of the river, remodeled into tenements, and now stands at the end of Canal street.
With strengthened faith in the permanence of the canal, the company built during 1830 a new aqueduct across the Aberjona, then in Medford.
The old wooden structure, one hundred and eighty feet long, that had been repeatedly repaired, was so narrow as to allow no boats to pass each other in its limits, often causing delay.