originally built consisted of one room in each story and a lean — to of one room.
The old part of the house was next to Emerson street, and judging from the difference in construction, the newer part must have been added some years later.
The house next south of the old house was probably the currier's shop mentioned in the Butters' deed, changed into a dwelling-house.
It adjoined the older house, but was not connected therewith.
We have also to record its passing.
The large double house (now long vacant) next south of the abovementioned houses, was a part of the old Blanchard tavern that stood on the west side of Main street near Cradock bridge, on land now part of the boulevard, and was moved to its present location and finished as a dwelling-house about seventy-eight years ago. It may be of interest to add that the homestead lot of Dr. Luther Stearns
was just north of and adjoining the old house-lot above mentioned.
The Stearns house
was removed to a location on the east side of Main street. It stands next south of the house standing in the angle made by Main street and Mystic avenue. The Stearns
lot comprised that portion of Emerson street adjoining Main street, and the corner (Whalen
) lot adjoining.
In Medford square.
In excavating for the new block on the north side of the square the foundation of an ancient building was uncovered, situated directly in the rear of the brick building, lately demolished, that stood between the Seccomb
and Weymouth buildings.
Old residents of Medford
will recognize this foundation as the site of a building that stood in the rear of and connected with the brick building above referred to, and which was demolished some years ago. These buildings were the home of the Joseph Patten Hall
family for many years, and the older part has a history that is worth recording.
In the year 1717 Stephen Willis, Jr.
, sold to Peter Seccomb
this old house, and it was referred to in the deed as the said