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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 23.,
Medford turnpike
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ter the appointment of this committee, as the building of the Medford house commencing about this time obviated the necessity of any further action. The Medford house was built in 1805 and opened as a tavern that same year. February 13, 1804, the standing committee was directed to purchase a piece of land on or near the farm of General Derby and build a house suitable for a toll-man. The committee contracted with Buckman and Wait, carpenters, to build the house at a cost of $300.00. Mr. James Kidder was appointed toll-gatherer, his compensation for the year following to be $350.00 and the use of the house. February 22, 1805, a committee was chosen to attend the General Court and oppose the passage of the cut or canal The branch canal. through the turnpike into Mystic river which has been petitioned for by Benjamin Hall and others. June 27, 1805, voted, that in future the affairs of the corporation shall be conducted by five proprietors who shall be annually chosen directors,