[Composition written in 1851 by a pupil, eleven years of age, of the old Franklin school on Somerville avenue.]
is a beautiful town, about three miles from Boston
, the capital of Massachusetts
There are two ranges of hills running nearly through the centre of the town, which adds much to its beauty and interest.
These ranges were formerly called Prospect and Winter Hills
The view from these hills on a clear day in summer is said to be one of the most beautiful and picturesque in America
, or perhaps in the world.
This town was formerly a part of Charlestown
, from which it was set off and incorporated about twelve years ago, by the request of the inhabitants, and given the romantic name of Somerville
The number of inhabitants at that time was about 1,500.
They have now increased to more than 3,000 and the hills and valleys are nearly covered with neat cottages, splendid houses, and a variety of romantic dwellings, with gardens attached, in which grow flowers, fruit trees, bushes, and shrubbery of such descriptions as flourish best in this climate.
There is also in this town a large bleachery and dye house, also an extensive concern for the manufacture of brass tubes for locomotive boilers.
Brick-making is carried on extensively both with and without steam power.
The McLean Asylum is in this town.
There are three railroads that run through the town, the Fitchburg, Lowell
, and Maine
There is also a line of omnibuses, so that you can go to Boston
and return at almost any time of day. These facilities add much to the convenience and comfort of the inhabitants.
The schools of Somerville
are said to be equal to any in the state.
There are several primary, grammar, and also one high school, all of which are conducted on the most approved principles; and if the scholars do not learn it is not the fault of the school committee or teachers,