August 28 was the great gala day in Medford, and probably nearly all of the town's population, then about eighteen hundred, turned out to see the general and give him a royal welcome.
As soon as the procession entered the town, coming by way of West Cambridge (the Arlington of today), the salutes began.
Bells rang, cannon pealed, garlands of flowers and flags greeted the vision of the guests.
The school children of the town were drawn up in line, and with them were those of Miss Bradbury's private school.
An arch over the street opposite the front door of the meeting-house bore the appropriate motto, Welcome to our hills and Brooks.
At the close of Lafayette's reply to the speech of welcome made by Turell Tufts, the chairman of the selectmen, the procession, escorted by the Medford Light Infantry, moved on to Brooks' house.
Here an opportunity was given the people, including the children, to greet the marquis.
The throng entered by the front door on the south side