White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Friday, April 29, 2011

Medford, Massachusetts, USA

Back in 1630, a London merchant and investor in the Massachusetts Bay Company staked out the land along the Mystic River that is today the town of Medford.  It's early history included shipbuilding, rum making, and brick making. In the early 1800's many shipyards were located here and a Medford built ship was famous for its quality.  By mid-century, a quarter of all Massachusetts shipbuilders were employed in Medford.  The building above was built in 1886 and is in the center of town. Medford today is a vibrant community 5 miles north of Boston.


 This underused band shell along the bank of the Mystic River is dedicated to Medford native Lydia Child who in 1844 published the classic American Thanksgiving poem, "Over the River and Through the Woods." She might not be as famous as former Medford resident aviator Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  And don't forget James Pierpont who in 1857 wrote "Jingle Bells" in Medford.

A flowering pear tree fronts the turn of the early 20th century former Medford Armory.

A street scene of Spring busting out everywhere.

 
More signs of Spring frame this hundred year old grand colonial home in a residential area of Medford.


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