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The taverns of Medford. by John H. Hooper. [Read before the Medford Historical Society, November 21, 1904.] Zzz. for many years the most direct route of land travel from northern and eastern New England to Boston was through the town of Medford and over Mystic bridge. This large amount of travel required more tavern accommodaions than were usual to a place of size and importance of the town of Medford. We accordingly find houses for the entertainment of man and beast located on all of our principal thoroughfares, on the roads from Medford to Woburn, from Medford to Malden, and on the great road to Charlestown, also in the market-place. Medford taverns acquired a justly high reputation for their excellent accommodations even as early as the year 1686. Mr. John Dunton, who visited Medford in that year, says: took Sanctuary in a Public, where there was extraordinary good Cyder, and thoa I had n't such a Noble Treat as at Captain Jenner's, yet with the Cyder and such othe
The taverns of Medford. The Blanchard Tavern. by John H. Hooper. [Read before the Medford Historical Society, November 21, 1904.] Continued from Vol. VIII., No. 1. This house was built about the year 1752 by Mr. Benjamin Parker, at one time treasurer of the town of Medford. By deed dated June 6, 1752, Mr. Jonathan Zzz. Tufts sold to Mr. Parker one-half acre of marshland, bounded easterly on the county road; southerly on land of Merrow; westerly on land of said Tufts, and northerly on Mystic river. This lot of land is the same as that lately occupied by Messrs. Page & Curtin, and also that occupied by Mr. John Crowley. The whole property has been taken by the Metropolitan Park Commissioners for a parkway. The land described as that of Merrow is the same as that upon which now stands the paint shop in the possession of Mr. Nathaniel Ames. In the year 1753 Messrs. Ebenezer Merrow and Thomas Welsh were fined for setting up a fence on the highway between said Merrow's dwe
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 8., The Medford Historical Register (search)
The Medford Historical Register Vol. VIII, 1905 Zzz. published by the Medford Historical Society Medford, Mass. Medford J. C. Miller, Jr., Printer