The Peter Tufts (Cradock) House

The Peter Tufts (Cradock) House (HM11MU)

Location: Medford, MA 02155 Middlesex County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 24.686', W 71° 5.607'

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Known for many years as the Cradock House because it was thought to have been built in 1634 for Matthew Cradock, the construction of the house is now attributed to Peter Tufts. Although the exact date of its origin is obscure, it is known to pre-date 1677. Many historians consider it to be the oldest all-brick house in America. It has been called the "Fort" and the "Garrison House" because of its thick walls and portholes. In the late 1880's General Samuel Lawrence saved the "Old Garrison" from destruction when he purchased it as a wedding gift for his niece and had the interior remodeled. In 1892 a likeness of the Tufts House was placed upon the city seal of the newly-incorporated City of Medford. The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities acquired and managed the house for the next fifty years. With encouragement from Joseph V. Valeriani and aid from the people of Medford and the Tufts family, the Medford Historical Society purchased the building in 1980. The Society and the City of Medford now maintain this historical landmark. The Tufts House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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HM NumberHM11MU
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Year Placed1989
Placed ByMedford Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 7:36am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 327743 N 4697581
Decimal Degrees42.41143333, -71.09345000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 24.686', W 71° 5.607'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 24' 41.16" N, 71° 5' 36.42" W
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Area Code(s)617, 781, 978, 339
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-299 W Cherry St, Medford MA 02155, US
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