which housed several generations for just a century, when his grandson had it torn down.
Twenty years more, and the old waterway, the Middlesex canal, was cut through its site across the highway and through the farm then in possession of Peter Chardon Brooks.
He began in 1802 to erect back from the old way, fittingly called Grove street, a mansion house befitting his means—he was the merchant prince of New England.
It took four years for its completion, and meanwhile the canal was finished aviding his farm into two parts, the farm buildings on one and the new and stately dwelling on the other.
The canal proprietors were obliged to build and maintain an accommodation bridge in such cases, which they did. After some twenty years, Mr. Brooks replaced their plain wooden bridge with one of dressed stone, a beautiful elliptic arch of Chelmsford granite, which was in keeping with his well-kept grounds that were a place of beauty.
Through these passed the leisurely travel and traffic o