Incidents and anecdotes in ye olden time. Sites of old residences, from one to two hundred years old,
EPITAPHS AND ANCIENT GRAVE STONES IN
MARSHFIELD HILLS CEMETERY.
Some historical incidents and sites of forgotten places.
In 1826 citizens of Ea. Marshfield were obliged to mail their letters in Scituate, there being no postoffice here, and the above town was the nearest postoffice at hand.
A letter sent by the late Rev. Geo. Leonard from Harvard College to his father in Marshfield, was superscribed as follows:
"Cambridge, Aug. 21. (Probably 1826.) Paid 6 cents.
"Rev. Elijah Leonard,
"By mail no farther than Scituate postoffice."
The square or corners in front of Mr. Weatherbee's house was called in early times "Holmes Corner," derived from a Mr. Holmes who occupied a brick house near the residence of Mr. Church Lapham. That spot was also probably an Indian camping ground, as some Indian implements have been found there.
When a boy, our town clerk, Mr. Weatherbee, stood on the door steps of his father's store and saw, many a time, a number of foxes playing on the summit of the "Ridge." The place is now known as the "Fox Hole."
"Hannah Ames brook," at foot of "Patrick's Lane," is a small water course on North Main street. Hannah Ames lived in what is now woods, beyond the brook, in the early part of last century. The house long ago became a thing of the past.
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