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foliage is thick on the trees, which are protected by strong wire guards. It is but one step into the colonnade of the town house; the town clock is gone, though the dials remain on the church tower, the belfry is closed and the spire bears the cross of St. Joseph's Church. This view is another way mark in local history. Two views from the reservoir, if placed together, take in the entire space between Rock-hill and Glenwood, the foreground being the Hillside section; again, two from Pasture hill looking toward Malden and Somerville, Salem street looking toward the square, and beautiful Forest street are shown; next, the library, high school (now Center grammar), various church edifices and four views of Tufts College buildings including the reservoir, and also the Old Fort, or so-called Cradock house. This last is especially worthy a special study. The western group begins with look at West Medford from the reservoir. Mystic lower lake is seen in the distant extreme left, the
heard from his own lips about the High street and the old Medford of 1840s. The following is copy of the papers sent us:— Wanted. I. A contour sketch of the Tract bounded as below, as nature left it, say, in 1630 to 1635. editor's note.—By line of Library lot means the easterly boundary of the old Magoun estate, conveyed to the town in 1875 by Thatcher Magoun. The Children's Library was a later acquirement. The Crest, evidently the east to west line of the brow of then Pasture hill. By Governor's lane, the narrow opening between the present Savings Bank and Trust Company buildings, not present Governors avenue. East, by line of Governor's lane. South, by river. West, by line of Library lot. North, by the Crest. II. A history of the Medford industry in dark granite and red gravel. Probably Queries I and II will correlate. III. The story of the long-abandoned quarry near the north end of old Governor's lane and not far west of Forest stree
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25., Mr. Stetson's notes on information wanted. (search)
a shelf only between the great south bastion of Pasture hill and the river. Query: How wide was that shelf was requisite, and from whence? Obviously from Pasture hill alone. Probably not by long haul from the Terralas and bungalows. The Halls owned the whole of Pasture hill, but never dreamed of living up there; they leftch before he could excavate his homestead out of Pasture hill. So all the Halls—Isaac, Ebenezer, Richard, etc that the gravel excavations on the east side of Pasture hill (about Terrace road) were later affairs than thoted out so clearly the barrier the cliffs of old Pasture hill placed in the way of travel as has Mr. Stetson, adily get an idea of the great south bastion of Pasture hill, with only the varge-way between it and the rive saying a man had to get rich, etc., to excavate Pasture hill. Steam shovels and dynamite were unknown in tho certainly dug away much of the great bastion of Pasture hill, the crest of which at Summit road is one hundre
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25., Old ships and ship-building days of Medford. (search)
ainly of farmhouses scattered along the highways to Woburn and Malden. At the centre of the town was the meeting house with a cluster of dwellings. There were a half dozen hospitable taverns, several stores for barter in connection with the lightering business and several distilleries, and together with a few colonial mansions with wonderful gardens, comprised the village. The gardens back of the places owned by the Hall family had flights of stone steps leading up the steep slope of Pasture hill, laid out in terraces aflame with nasturtiums and bright with marigolds, primroses, phlox and larkspur and with grapes on trellises at the top, which traced golden lacework against the skyline at sunset. The Royall house was the counterpart of a famous mansion in the West Indies, and the grounds and gardens were a reproduction also, and still retained traces of their old-time grandeur, and had, an unusual sight in New England, a slave quarters. A shaded path led up to its graceful port