"Grandfather's House"

"Grandfather's House" (HMZ9H)

Location: Medford, MA 02155 Middlesex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 25.046', W 71° 6.999'

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In 1844 Lydia Maria Child (1802 - 1880) wrote of her childhood visits to her grandfather's house at 114 South Street in the poem "Over the River and Through the Woods" from her home at the corner of Ashland and Salem Streets.

The rear portion of "Grandfather's House" was constructed in the early 1800's as a small farmhouse. About 1839 it was enlarged by Paul Curtis who established a shipyard on the north side of the Mystic River at the foot of Winthrop Street. Between 1839 and 1852 Curtis built 27 vessels, including several world-famous clipper ships.

The ionic detailing and the "temple" front of the house mark it as a classic example of Greek revival architecture. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house was purchased in 1976 and restored by Tufts University.

South Street, laid out in 1637 and variously known as "Fordway" and "Fish House Lane", is one of the oldest streets in Medford.
HM NumberHMZ9H
Year Placed1994
Placed ByThe Medford Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 8:52pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 325850 N 4698295
Decimal Degrees42.41743333, -71.11665000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 25.046', W 71° 6.999'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 25' 2.76" N, 71° 6' 59.94" W
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Area Code(s)617, 781, 978, 339
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 102-120 South St, Medford MA 02155, US
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