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[p. 64] bounded east upon the country road; north and south on Thomas Willis. This house stood on the westerly side of Woburn street, near the northerly corner of the ‘Lucy Ann Brooks’ estate. There was an old house that stood on the corner of High and Grove streets, on land formerly of Captain Timothy Wheeler, and it was sold by his grandson, Mr. Ebenezer Prout, to Messrs. John and Stephen Francis. It subsequently became a part of the Brooks estate. This estate contained sixty acres of land, and was bounded westerly, on Mistick Pond; southerly, on the way to the Weares; easterly, on the road to Woburn, and northerly, on a ditch and hedge. The deed to the Messrs. Francis was dated March 2, 1692. Mr. Thomas Willis built a house on the northerly side of the way to Woburn, at the foot of the hill known as ‘Marm Simonds' Hill.’ It is supposed to have been built prior to the year 1690, and was used as a tavern. There were many more old houses that were built about the year 1700, but time and space forbid their mention. Only one more will be herein spoken of, viz.: The Ram Head House, that stood upon that forty acres of land formerly known as Ram Head. This land was situated on Ram Head lane (now Rural avenue), but it must not be confounded with that upon which the observatory stands. The latter is the modern Ram Head; the former, the ancient and original Ram Head.
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