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om Mystic, there were entrance steps at the farthest corner from the sidewalk of High street. From this point onward for many rods was a rough stone wall and dogwood hedge, which ended at a substantial fence in front of the residence of Rev. Charles Brooks, the Medford historian; later this came to be known as the Lilacs. Save the opening of a street through the rocky hill, and the removal of fence and gateway, this side of High street shows little change today. A high board fence enclosed these streets increased by thirteen, ten of which lie west of the railway. Six of these extend southeasterly across the then open plain, and show attractive views along their maple-bordered lines. One would look in vain for the great barn of Mr. Brooks, or the beautiful arch, though the farmhouse remains. But new streets are here, and new houses, nearly fifty in number, are upon his ancestral estate. The old-time houses of forty-five years ago are, of course, easily recognized, and the numb
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 18., Pine and Pasture Hills and the part they have Contributed to the development of Medford. (search)
he river. We will see in the place where the town pump formerly stood, a pond of water. Rev. Charles Brooks, in his history of Medford, says, Where the town pump now stands in the market-place therid out, and that is substantially where it is located today. That is to say, from the square to Brooks' corner, over or near the present location of High street, then over Woburn and old Purchase strd ever existed is manifest by the repeated laying out of the way. High street from the square to Brooks' corner was known as the road to Woburn, until it received its present name. That portion of the street from Brooks' corner to the Arlington line was called by several names: the way to the wears, the highway from Brooks' corner to the wears, the road to Menotomy, and the road to West CambridgeBrooks' corner to the wears, the road to Menotomy, and the road to West Cambridge. Woburn road was extensively travelled after the construction of Cradock bridge, it being the most direct route from the northern settlements to Charlestown and Boston. —John H. Hooper
eveals a scene of wreck, in marked contrast to the once stately residence and well-kept grounds that housed four generations for over a century. Few pictures of it have ever come to our knowledge. First, the steel engraving by F. C. Stuart in Brooks' History of Medford, from a drawing by A. L. Rawson. This does not show the wing that extended westerly and which was three stories in height, while the main house was but two. This would lead to the inference that the wing was of a later consts descendants kept intact long after the highway of the waters vanished, but which is now a thing of the past. Near the house were venerable oaks, spreading elms and ever-green pines, the growth of many years. To these, and along his borders, Mr. Brooks added many others; and so the grounds came to be a place of beauty as the years passed on. But in the development of a modern residence section the stately mansion of a century ago was not adapted, and, impracticable to remodel, it has succumbe
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 18., Turell Tufts and his family connections. (search)
e traces of it and of the homes of several of his slaves whom he had allowed to build near by. That author says, East of my bean-field, across the road, lived Cato Ingraham, slave of Duncan Ingraham, Esquire, gentleman, of Concord village who built his slave a house, and gave him permission to live in Walden Woods. He served on the town committees and was Concord's representative, 1788-1791. As the success of the American cause grew his feelings became less ardent for the Tory side. In Brooks' History of Medford a very interesting story is told of a slave of Ingraham's son Nathaniel. Several of Duncan's children made their names known in the world in various ways. A daughter married an Episcopal clergyman. Another daughter married an Englishman and her daughter was the mother of Captain Marryat, the English novelist. Another son, Duncan junior, was a merchant in Boston. The Acts and Resolves of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, Vol. V, gives Duncan Ingraham, Jr., as on
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 18., Medford Merrymakings of a century ago. (search)
ed. Yes, people worked hard to have a good time then, even as now, and perhaps enjoyed it more. At the above date Charles Brooks was in his college junior year, and doubtless forty years later, when, after a busy life, he wrote the History of Med the facts? There are enough of the old houses of High and Salem streets left (even though the Third Meeting-house, Governor Brooks', the Seccomb and Tufts houses are gone) to give a realistic setting. Be sure and have Mr. Brooks and his box chaisMr. Brooks and his box chaise start from under the great sycamores at his father's door —same old place—and ride down Marm Simonds' hill. Have Parson Osgood and his daughters come out from the parsonage and go too, and all the others, not forgetting Lydia Maria Francis-she waswhich was afterward sold to the government in war time. We had a fish dinner, too, and our first dip in salt water. Mr. Brooks, when at Hingham in 1819 or 1820, was interested in the first steamboats in Boston harbor. His Nahant parties were ear
, the editorial labors have increased. This issue is therefore an Editorial number. We would be pleased to have the next a Contributors'. The kindly comments we have received during our eight years incumbency have been very encouraging, and the assistance of contributors to the fund of Medford history very material. Of these latter we say, May their tribe increase. There is a dearth of recorded history of Medford from 1840 to 1870, incidents of war time, and matters the revision of Brooks' history failed to notice. Send them to us. We have alluded on another page to the action of the Society relative to the register of the future. This increase of subscription price is absolutely necessary, as during its entire history its publication has been at a deficit that in some way had to be met from the treasury. Increased expenses in the management of the Society preclude such payment further, and the consensus of opinion is, that the publication must continue. Notice of the