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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., The Walnut
Tree Hill division of the stinted pasture. (search)
The Walnut Tree Hill division of the stinted pasture. [Read before the Medford Historical Society by John H. Hooper, February 19, 1912.] In the year 1637 the large tract of land situated at the present time within the limits of the Cities of Somerville and Medford, being a part of the common lands of the Town of Charlestown, was divided into rights of pasturage. A large committee was chosen to do this, or to stint the common, and to determine the number of cowcommons which one hundred
granted by the General Court, April 21, 1852.
Walnut Tree hill is also the site of the reservoir built by the City of Charlestown as a part of its Mystic water supply.
Ground was broken for this reservoir in the spring of the year 1861.
Mr. Hooper was present and witnessed the ceremony.
The turf that covered the reservoir embankment came from land near the Second beach and reimbursed the owner of the land for his purchase thereof. [Ed.] After Mystic pond was abandoned as a water supply
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., The Society's work-papers and Addresses--
Sixteenth year, - 1911 . (search)
The Society's work-papers and Addresses--Sixteenth year, 1911-1912. October 16.—A Summer in Germany and Austria. Rosewell B. Lawrence. November 20.—The Attempted Rescue of Anthony Burns. George C. Tate. December 20.—Along the Banks of the Mystic in the Fifties. Elisha B. Curtis. January 15.—Annual Meeting. Short Addresses by Officers of the Bay State Historical League. February 19.—The Walnut Tree Hill Division of the Stinted Pasture. John H. Hooper. March 18. The Postmasters of Medford. Irving B. Farnum. April 15.—Laws and Courts of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Frank E. Bradbury of Dedham. May 20.—Libby Prison. Charles W. Libby. Manual Training in the Medford Schools. Joseph T. Whitney. With this issue the Register closes its fifteenth volume. We have tried to make it a distinctively Medford work of interest and value, and trust that our effort has not been altoge