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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 7., Meeting-house brook and the second Meeting-house. (search)
Meeting-house brook and the second Meeting-house. by F. H. C. Woolley. [Read before the Medford Historical Society, April 18, 1904.] I. Meeting house brook. THERE'S a little valley you reach going westward as High street curves and dips beyond Winthrop square. Just before it goes up Marm Simonds' hill the road passes over a brook—the brook of all the brooks of Medford. Did you ever stand here on a June morning and look across the meadow to the north and watch this brook come sparkling from out the distant foliage like a silver line through billowy grasses and nodding daisy blossoms? And turning to look southward follow its course through the marshes and to the river; then you notice on a near-by tree a tablet that marks the site of the second meeting-house. You may have passed this spot many times in the modern electric car, but only by the old-fashioned way of walking and loitering along here will a picture of the early years of Medford's history present itself. You wi