[p. 49] assume that the street and lots had about reached finality when the houses were built, and conversely that as soon as street and lots were fit, houses would be built here. The excavations abreast of the tan-yard and at and about the Hall houses, etc., carried the crest further back and changed the contour of nature. I hope our gazer on the crest measured and noted how far it was in 1630 from the gravel beach. The record of a county road from Mystic bridge to Woburn (2 Register, p. 56) was probably without validity. Mr. Hooper says it is impossible to tell from the descriptions where this way was located. Even if it was possible, April 7, 1674, to tell in a general way, it ought to be definite in order to condemn land for a public easement. Besides, it does not say how wide the easement was to be. We must conclude that High street owed its existence to our potato cart and its successors, and not to the County of Middlesex. I am satisfied that the gravel excavations on the east side of Pasture hill (about Terrace road) were later affairs than those about and in the High street region. Query: What was the name of Governor's lane prior to Governor Brooks?By the foregoing it will be seen that Mr. Stetson was an interested and careful reader of the Register. His quaint remarks about the ‘spectacle town’ and the ‘bulky red nose’ show that in the olden time the division between east and west in Medford was a prominent and physical one. Never before has anyone pointed out so clearly the barrier the cliffs of old Pasture hill placed in the way of travel as has Mr. Stetson, or called attention to the absence of buildings between the old house of Jonathan Wade and Parson Turell's (at our Winthrop square) for a century after Medford's settlement. We can but wish that Miles Standish had left us some account of fording the river and walking along that narrow shelving beach, ‘the verge just above high-water mark’ and following the trail ‘up the steep in front of the library lot’ on the occasion of his visit in September, 1621. Those of us who remember the vicinity of Rock hill ere the river was moved southward and the parkway built can readily get an idea of the ‘great south ’
This text is part of:
Table of Contents:
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.