th rooms for a dwelling in the rear.
The upper story consisted of a large hall used for fairs, social gatherings, and like purposes, called Mystic Hall.
I am inclined to think, notwithstanding the prospectus, that the seminary took its name from the hall rather than from the river.
After the death of Mr. Smith, the widow decided in 1854 to open a day and boarding school, or young ladies' seminary.
At that time there was a private day school in West Medford, kept by an English family named Wood—a mother and two daughters— and also one in Medford, in the basement of the engine house of Jackson No. 2, kept by a Miss Chase.
There were already on the Smith estate two buildings suitable for school purposes, and, the town of Medford having built a new almshouse on Purchase street, the old one fronting on Canal street, with the Lowell R. R.
closely in the rear, was purchased.
The interior was entirely remodeled, and the general appearance of the outside changed by the addition of a lo