Near the Bird Tavern
was the hatter's shop of Eleazer Bradshaw
, a bachelor, who in 1775 brought tea from Albany
and sold it in defiance of public opinion, and even threatened to ‘be the death of any person who should molest him.’
Whereupon the Committee
, before whom he acknowledged he had procured and sold tea, decided that he had ‘proved himself inimical to his country,’ and recommended their fellow citizens, ‘to with hold commerce and dealings with said Bradshaw
, until there appears a reformation in said Bradshaw
Between the Cutting
and Bird Taverns and on the same side of the road stood the house built and occupied by Amos Hagar
, afterwards owned by Captain Mead
who had a blacksmith shop east of the house.
Connected with this was the wheelwright shop of Captain Morse
, who occupied a part of Captain Mead
West of the house Cornet David Townsend
built a shop occupied by Horatio Bird
, cabinet maker, son of Benjamin Bird
On the south side, above Wellington's house, was a small one-and-a-half story house, with a shop at the east end, owned by Cornet David Townsend
, and occupied in 1798 by Stephen Wellman
It had previously been occupied by Peter Edes
with whom Eleazer Bradshaw
In 1799 it was occupied by Abraham Fiske
The owner himself lived in it for a while, using the shop for a bakery.
Next west was the dwelling erected by Cornet David Townsend
; in its rear, and occupied by him previous to building the house, was a small building, formerly a barrack at Cambridge
, in which he lived and had his bakery.
After his house was finished he erected a bake-shop and store.
This house is probably the one referred to in the description of the picture of ‘Eden Vale in Waltham
,’ in which it appears among the trees near the meetinghouse.
It is still standing, occupied by grand-daughters of its builder.
A daughter, the last survivor of a large family of children, died in 1877.
The old barrack was taken down in 1878.
Above Cornet David Townsend's house was the dwelling of Henry Kimball
, taxed in 1798 for $870. It is still standing on the corner of Newton Street. He previously had a store