If the novelist could correctly reproduce for us these travellers, we might find them endowed with a charm akin to that of the Canterbury Pilgrims
To accommodate all this early and later tide of travel, there were several taverns within a stone's throw of each other in the market-place, besides others within a half mile on the east and on the west.
Surely these were not maintained for the benefit of the towns-people, nor were so many necessary to Medford
's small population.
There is proof enough that many who travelled for business, pleasure or adventure stopped here for shelter and lodging.
The period of coaching days must have added no little extra excitement and interest to the daily life of the town.
The earliest stage line from the North
was from Portsmouth
This was established in April, 1761, and the following notice announced the enterprise to the public.