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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 13., Stage-coach days in Medford. (search)
Almanac, the times of arrival and departure, the place of headquarters noted, together with the days and number of times a week the coach started out. The Medford innkeepers' names given in these road lists were as follows: 1771, Jones; 1773, Billings; 1780, Billings; 1782, Porter; 1792, Blanchard, and also Bradshaw; 1794, Blanchard; 1800, Hezekiah Blanchard, located at Union Hall. These are taken at random from the various almanacs above mentioned. As the Blanchards were tavern-keepers fBillings; 1782, Porter; 1792, Blanchard, and also Bradshaw; 1794, Blanchard; 1800, Hezekiah Blanchard, located at Union Hall. These are taken at random from the various almanacs above mentioned. As the Blanchards were tavern-keepers for fifty years, and their house was the house par excellence, that name appears for many years. Strangely enough, sometimes the distance of this tavern from Boston is given as four miles and sometimes five. A gentleman eighty-five years of age, living in Medford, describes most interestingly the journeys he made with his father and others to Boston from near Montpelier, Vt. They came in pungs loaded with beef, pork, poultry, eggs and cheese and took back dry goods and groceries. The round t