urposes, called Mystic Hall.
I am inclined to think, notwithstanding the prospectus, that the seminary took its name from the hall rather than from the river.
After the death of Mr. Smith, the widow decided in 1854 to open a day and boarding school, or young ladies' seminary.
At that time there was a private day school in West Medford, kept by an English family named Wood—a mother and two daughters— and also one in Medford, in the basement of the engine house of Jackson No. 2, kept by a Miss Chase.
There were already on the Smith estate two buildings suitable for school purposes, and, the town of Medford having built a new almshouse on Purchase street, the old one fronting on Canal street, with the Lowell R. R.
closely in the rear, was purchased.
The interior was entirely remodeled, and the general appearance of the outside changed by the addition of a long wing to one side for dormitories, and the house became Mystic Mansion.
By crossing the railroad at the rear of the house
en. Luther Stephenson of Hingham.
December 16.—The Old State House.
Mr. Charles F. Read of Brookline, clerk of the Bostonian Society.
January 20.—Jamestown and the Jamestown Colony.
Rev. James L. Hill, D. D. of Salem.
February 17.—The First Parish in Medford.
Rev. Henry C. DeLong. March 16.—Annual Meeting.
April 20.—Our first railroad and how it was built.
Illustrated. Mr. Moses W. Mann. May 18.—Old-fashioned Medicinal Remedies.
Charles S. Ensign, Ll.B. of Newton.
Saturday Evening course.
December 7.—Some Pictures of the Far East.
Illustrated. Dr. Walter G. Chase of Boston.
January 4. —Samuel Adams.
Mr. Charles G. Chick, President of the Hyde Park Historical Society. February 1.
(Postponed to February 1.)—Some Brick-makers of Medford.
Mr. George S. Delano. March 7.—A Pupil's Life in Mystic Hall Seminary.
Mrs. Jenny P. Brigham of Brookline.
Miss Helen T. Wild. May 2.—Colonial and Modern Newspapers.