led The Roadside Farm, and has for its background the home of the Rev. Edward Brooks, which stood on the west side of Grove street, West Medford, and the time is late in the same afternoon.
The historic facts on which the plays are based are as follows: Medford was the first stop of the rider Paul Revere, who notified Captain Isaac Hall.
It is not known when the Medford minutemen left, but they undoubtedly sent another rider to Malden, and tradition says that they engaged the British at Merriam's corner near Concord.
Other unorganized volunteers followed in their wake, among them Henry Putnam, in 1758 a lieutenant in the Louisburg campaign and past the age of military service.
Seizing the flintlock as his wife asked if he were going without his dinner, he answered, I am going to take powder and balls for my dinner today, or give them some.
Another was the Rev. Edward Brooks.
From his house opposite the old slave wall on the western side of Grove street he too went to Lexington