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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 29., The Cradock house, past and future. (search)
nd the flues of the fireplaces verging into a V as they joined beneath the roof. Mr. Mann and Mr. Warren, the present owner, described the hard labor expended in working out the boards, which had beee the most of it? And that was one of the finest legends I had yet heard. The present owner, Mr. Warren, had been twice warned by old residents to avoid trouble when he excavated cellars for the newo have caved in previously, in both instances along a given line leading toward the house, and Mr. Warren was warned of the danger. Added to this was the fact that part of the cellar in the northwest But Mr. Mann was inexorable. He pricked up his ears at the mention of the cave-ins, but said Mr. Warren would find no tunnel. I added the fact that some ten or twenty years ago two boys had discovetain sacrilege to change the form or construction of the old brick house. It is singular that Mr. Warren, if he contemplates changing the building into a two-family house, has plenty of precedent fro
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 29., The Renovation of Peter Tufts' house. (search)
tear down and rebuild part of that end, which may account for the two regular-shaped windows now there. Descending to the cellar, we found that it is excavated only half way under the western room, but some access to the western chimney is had for the smoke pipe of the modern heating plant now in use. The brick walls are so covered by a thick vine-growth as to make a close or careful examination of them very difficult. Apparently at some time long past they may have been treated with some coating or wash, as has been the custom elsewhere. We were accorded the opportunity of inspecting it by the courtesy of the present owner, Mr. J. W. Warren, who is erecting several new houses nearby. This fine old mansion, so well worthy of preservation, was the home of a prominent citizen of the early town two hundred and fifty years ago, one who had much to do with the current matters of his time. We are presenting the foregoing as a way mark in its history not to be lost sight of.