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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28., Medford and her Minute Men, April 19, 1775. (search)
closed Boston as a commercial port and removed the Custom House to Salem. This measure, reinforced by the encampment of four thousand Briseventh of that year the first Provincial Congress was organized at Salem with John Hancock as president, and the second in Concord on Februan, and from the same point, later the market place, led the road to Salem. Between the two lay the river road. From the road to the Weirs, other towns trooped through the town. The road between Medford and Salem was the highway leading to the country northeast of Boston. To Maldirection of the gun-shots up the Lexington road. The word reached Salem and Danvers at about nine o'clock in the morning of the nineteenth.teen miles to Menotomy. All these, during the day, came down the Salem road through the square and followed the route taken by Captain Halin the afternoon, as far as the square, came three hundred men from Salem. They turned down the Charlestown road where, as they reached the
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28.,
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in the early days. (search)
ill begin with its earliest known time. Three hundred years ago it was only the home and haunt of native Americans, the Indian red men. Across it lay the trail or beaten path they made in their journeyings and on which our three streets, Main, Salem and High converge. Near that junction was a small pond and a little way up stream the river was fordable. Opposite that ford the hill rose abruptly high with only a narrow passage at its foot along the river's edge. A former Medford man in we here were Captain Myles Standish and eight others from the Pilgrim settlement at Plymouth on September 21, 1621, and it was said they liked here so well that they wished they had been settled here. In 1629 came an exploring party overland from Salem, then but just settled, and found established here a company of men who were in the employ of one Matthew Cradock, a wealthy London merchant. They had erected some log houses for shelter, and were building a small vessel for their fishing. Th