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HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF MEDFORD, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT, IN 1630, TO THE PRESENT TIME, 1855. (ed. Charles Brooks), Chapter
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The old Rock tree near Whitmore Brook. Mr. Symmes' story of the wild hog suggests notice by the Register of one of the natural curiosities of our old town. Some of the strollers in the Fells have noticed the tree growing on the bowlder near the Winchester line, just a little westward from Whitmore road and brook, and have looked at it with no little surprise and wonder. The tree is some fifteen feet tall and of our native variety of red cedar, so called, though really a juniper (junip
on passed by it on his way to locate in Charlestown Village, soon called Wooburne.
But it was older when the early Medford settlers on Cradock's grant (after Collins, the land speculator, came in possession) built the mill just below it on Whitmore Brook.
Traces of the dam that made a pond at the bowlder's base, and of the race-way and mill-site, may still be seen by the observant ones who pass along Whitmore road.
Six generations have come and gone, and where once was heard the hum of th