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While authentic history places Andrew Hall's beginning of the rum making in 1735, it also credits this same Hezekiah Blanchard with a similar plant a little farther away behind Dead Man's alley, otherwise River street.

Certain it is, that the latter was engaged both in tavernkeeping and distilling in 1796, as appears in his advertisement in the Columbian Centinel of September 3. It stated that in the old house which he had enlarged and given the name of Union Hall, there was every convenience to promote festivity and happiness; the house is furnished with the best of Wine, Porter and other Liquors, and

every kind of refreshment called for can be supplied, . . . and those who are fond of an afternoon's excursion for amusement and exercise can be accommodated. . . . the distance from Boston not so long as to occasion fatigue, and long enough to promote exercise.

The advertisement informed the public that its ‘humble servant’ also made the best of spirits and would sell, both wholesale and retail at reasonable prices.

With the opening of the new century, he was succeeded by his son Hezekiah, who upon the father's death in 1803 dropped the distinguishing Junior, signing his given name abbreviated, but with a spreading flourish beneath, as appears on his bill, which we note. He continued the business until his death in 1818.

Till 1804, the bridge across the river was but little above full tide and had no draw, and only Salem and High Streets were the outward country roads, what was later Ship Street being only local.

With increasing business, the Medford turnpike road across the marsh to Charlestown had been built in 1803 to do away with the tedious haul over Winter Hill, and in 1804 the project of another and shorter route to Andover was agitated, resulting in the charter on June 15, 1805, of the Andover and Medford Turnpike. The corporators, according to the Brooks history, were Jonathan Porter, Joseph Hurd, Nathan Parker, Oliver Holden and Fitch Hall. The meager account we have of


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