h commands a view of Chelsea and Boston Harbor on the east; Boston, Roxbury, and Cambridge, on the south; Brighton, Watertown, and West Cambridge track of woodland on the north — has on its summit a flat rock, called Lover's Rock; on of those register-surfaces where a young gentleman, with a hammer and nail, could engrave the initials of two namess provokingly near each together.
The view from this hill, so diversified and grand, fills the eye with pleasure, and the mind with thought.
Pasture Hill, on which Dr. Swan's summer-house, in his garden, now stands, is of the eastern and southern scenery above noticed.
The hill is mostly rock, and will afford, in coming years, a most magnificent site for costly houses.
The next highest and most interesting spot, on the north side of the river, is Mystic Mount, in West Medford, near the Brooks Schoolhouse.
It is owned by the town, and commands much the same view as Pine Hill, only at a lower angle.
To some of us who have kept it for m
I have some recollections of the old house, its large kitchen with its great open fire-place, the crane, pots and kettles, and tin kitchen.
The settle on one side of the fire-place, and brick oven on the other side, ample to bake all the pies for the Thanksgiving season.
One born on the spot and dwelling where Lydia Maria Child passed her early life can testify to the loveliness of her surroundings —the garden of fruit trees, flowers and vegetables, with its clean walks of Pasture Hill gravel, and beyond, extending to Forest street, (then the turnpike), the field, making in all quite a farm.
In those early days the fruits and products of the garden were shared with friends and neighbors.
Mr. Francis purchased the property from Francis Burns, who was a brother-in-law of Gov. John Brooks, and father-in-law of Samuel Buel, the first postmaster of Medford.—editor.
The Identity of the Cradock House.
Vide Register, vol.
I., no. 4, P. 119; also vol.
II., no. 2, p. 5