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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., The Walnut Tree Hill division of the stinted pasture. (search)
any they should let, unto the same kind and not otherwise—. In the year 1685 that portion of the common lands situated between Menotomy road (Broadway) and Mystic river and bounded westerly by Menotomy river (Alewife brook) and easterly by Governor John Winthrop's Ten Hills farm, and known as the Walnut Tree hill division of tence the term of The Stinted Pasture. There were three roads, or rangeways, laid out through this pasture, that extended northerly from the Menotomy road to Mystic river, and were called the first, second and third rangeways. These rangeways were laid out two rods in width and the width between the ways was eighty rods, makingission have destroyed this landing place. In the year 1644 Gov. John Winthrop, in his journal, describes the following incident as taking place at a ford in Mystic river. From a careful study of the story it is evident that the ford referred to was at this place, and that the parties lived near the farmhouse of Governor Crado
children hurt in the schoolhouse wreck, as it was vacation time, but the school was to have opened two days later. It is said, however, that the great September gale of 1815 blew down the chimneys and broke the almshouse windows badly. In 1853, Medford having built a new (the present) almshouse, this house, with its land, was sold for $3,690.10. Thomas P. Smith was the purchaser, and he had also acquired all the territory in Medford lying westward there — from between High street and Mystic river. Traversing this had been the Middlesex canal, but this had been discontinued in the preceding year. Mr. Smith was a man of much public spirit and enterprise, and had planned here a suburban village to be called Brooklands, with numerous streets and two parks, Gorham and Lakeview, therein. His residence and great barn was on High street, just westward from the parochial residence of the present St. Raphael's Church. He had erected several first-class houses, and in 1852 the substant