|No. 2339: Bridge at Lower Mills, 1839|
Reproduction of a woodcut in the possession of the Dorchester Historical Society in large album titled Old Dorchester Houses.
|This old wood-cut (from Barber's "Massachusetts Historical Collectons," Worcester, 1839) is the earliest pictorial representaton of the village at Milton Bridge. The buildings directly facing one, looking across the bridge to the Dorchester side, are substantially those owned in Revolutionary days by Captain Elijah Davis, who kept store across the street. At the right of the tall tavern signpost is the old part of the house, built by Thomas Leeds about 1766 (the land was pasture when he bought it from Samuel Payson in 1765), and owned and occupied (1773-8) by Captain Elijhah Davis, then (1778-92) by his widow Lydia as her dower, and then (1792-1843) by their son, Capt."Tom" Davis. Sold by his widow to Minot Thayer, it was torn down and a large hotel was built.|
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Created: May 21, 2005 Modified: May 21, 2005