the fire and stands today very much like the original in general outline.
Mr. Barker later removed to High street, just east of the old Orthodox Church.
In the rear of the Wait and Barker buildings were the dwelling and wheelwright shop of Elias Tufts, entered from a passageway now called Tufts place. His father had a large pottery there many years ago.
In the building just south of Tufts place, Mrs. Augustus Baker, afterward the landlady at the Medford House, had a variety store in 1830d business under one roof has long ago disappeared, but from 1835 to 1850, the custom was almost universal.
After the fire in 1850, most of the buildings destroyed were replaced by cheaper structures, many of which are still in existence.
The Tufts lot, corner of South and Main streets, remained vacant for many years.
Finally, the Central Engine House was built there.
Ancestry of Aaron Blanchard, periwig-maker.
I. Thomas Blanchard, the emigrant, came from Hampshire, England, in 1639.
op and two stables, totally destroyed.
Mr. Nathan Barker occupied part of the dwelling.
Mr. George Lynne's
Symmes. house, blacksmith shop and stable came next and were also destroyed.
The Misses Tufts' dwelling and Richard Tufts' wheelwright shop on the same side were also laid in ashes.
On the opposite side of Main street the fire commenced at the bridge with the dwelling of Nathan W. Wait, and swept down Daniel Lawrence's store and dwelling house Jas. Hyde's dwelling and store, Elias Tufts' wheelwright shop and dwelling, George E. Willis' tinware shop and dwelling, Mitchell's barber shop and dwelling, Benj. Parker's dwelling and stable, Moses Merrill and Son's paint shop, and Hartshorn's harness shop (all in one building). A ten-footer, occupied by an Irish family and three stables, were all totally destroyed.
The conflagration swept on before a strong northwest wind until about twelve o'clock, when it came to the lumber yard of Oakman Joyce, two-thirds of which was dest