liquid refreshments were kept, such as the old-time farmer regaled himself with at 11 o'clock in the morning, outweigh the former, and speak plainly of its great antiquity.
In Captain Bradbury
's time there were two barns; one was moved and replaced eighty-one years ago by the large one now standing.
The two were used for some years and torn down in 1855.
A red gate, which some of you will remember, afforded an entrance to the estate, and was there till about 1855.
It opened on to ‘the path leading to the Medford bridge
on the westerly side of said farm,’ as a deed of 1819 reads.
This was the river road, now the eastern part of Riverside avenue, called in a deed of 1657, ‘the common highway leading from the Mansion House
unto Charlestown Commons and Meadford House.’
A circular road ran from the house to the red gate.
This was the only approach to the place.
A cart path, a private way, ran through the woods to Salem street, Malden
Mr. John H. Hooper
says the house was built in 1657.
died of paralysis, attended by fever, February 18, 1810.
Under date of February 20, 1810, Dr. Osgood
notes in his diary, ‘attended funeral of Captain Bradbury
He was buried in the Salem
-street burying-place (the tomb being of later date), and a stone bears the following inscription:—
Erected in memory of
who departed this life
Feb. 18, 1810,
Behold fond man!
See here thy pictur'd life; pass some few years;
Thy flowing spring, thy summer's ardent strength,
Thy sober autumn fading into age,
And pale concluding winter comes at last
And shuts the scene.
Just west of his tomb is that of Hezekiah Blanchard
, a descendant of the family that had lived in the house