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COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

 

NORFOLK, ss

 

THE MILTON BOARD OF SELECTMEN, Acting as TRUSTEES UNDER THE WILL 

OF WILLIAM STOUGHTON,

Plaintiff

v.

 

PROBATE AND FAMILY COl RT NO.  RECEIVED

 

)       NOV  22 2013

)

)       NORFOLK DIVISION

)       PROBATE & FAMILY COURT

)       VERIFIED

)       COMPLAINT FOR EQUITABLE

)       RELIEF PURSUANT TO M.G.L. C.214, §lOB

)

 

MARTHA M. COAKLEY in her capacity as) Attorney General of the 

Commonwealth of  ) Massachusetts,                                            (Defendant)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

1. This action is brought in equity by the Milton Board of Selectmen, 

acting as Trustees under the Will of William Stoughton, pursuant to 

Massachusetts General Laws ("M.G.L.") Chapter 214, Section 1OB to 

apply the doctrine of deviation in order to sell a portion of the 

property held by the Trustees under the Will of William Stoughton and 

to invest the proceeds of the sale and apply the income and 

appreciation 1 of said proceeds for the benefit

of the poor ofthe Town of Milton.

 

JURISDICTION

 

 

2. This Court has original and concurrent jurisdiction of the 

subject matter of this case pursuant to M.G.L. c.215, §6.

PARTIES

 

3. The Milton Board of Selectmen consists of 

three (3) elected members. The Plaintiff is the Milton Board of 

Selectmen, acting as Trustees under the Will of William Stoughton, 

(hereinafter designated "the Trustees").  

The current Trustees are:  Denis F. Keohane, J. Thomas Hurley, 

and Kathleen M. Conlon.

 

 

4. The Defendant, Martha M. Coakley, is the duly elected 

Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

with a principal office at One Ashburton Place, Boston, 

Massachusetts, and is made a party to this action 

pursuant to M.G.L. c.12, § 8G.

FACTUAL BACKGROUND

 

5. William Stoughton, who served as Lieutenant Governor and 

Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony during colonial rule, 

lived from 1631-1701.  His Will is dated July 6, 1701.   

Said Will provides in part: "and to the Town of Milton I give out

of my great wood Lot there Forty acres, to be conveniently & 

equally laid out to them. The whole improvement thereof to be for

 the benefit of the poor of that Town as the Selectmen thereof 

shall judge best".  Copies of Governor Stoughton's Will 

and a transcription ofthat Will are

attached to this Complaint as Exhibits A1 and A2, respectively.

6. Today the property contains approximately thirty-four (34) acres.  

By Order of Taking dated April22, 1896 the 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by the Metropolitan Park Commission, 

took by eminent domain land in the Town ofMilton from Canton Avenue

 to the Blue Hills Reservation, for the purpose of constructing 

roadways and boulevards.  

That land is a portion ofUnquity Road in Milton. 

Of the land taken at that time by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 

approximately six (6) acres was taken from the property which was 

given to the Town of Milton under the Will of William Stoughton.

Said approximately thirty-four (34) acre parcel is hereinafter 

referred to as the Property.

 

7. The Property is located off the Taunton Road (today the site of Canton Avenue) on

Wigwam Hill near the center of the Town of Milton. In the late 1 700s or early 1800s, the

 

 

 

2 Said provision appears on the first page of the Will, beginning six (6) lines from the bottom (See Exhibit A I) and on the second page of the transcription of that Will in the second full paragraph (See Exhibit A2).

 

Property carne to be used as a Town Farm for the benefit of the poor in the Town of

 

 

Milton.

 

8.      In the 1800s several buildings and structures were built on the Property for the benefit of the poor ofthe Town of Milton. The structures and buildings include the following:

a.      The Main Almshouse, located at 169 Governor Stoughton Lane, Milton, MA.;

 

b.      The Men's Almshouse, located at 175 Governor Stoughton Lane, Milton, MA;

 

c.      The Stable, located at 181 Governor Stoughton Lane, Milton, MA;

 

d.      The Pest House, located at 208 Governor Stoughton Lane, Milton, MA;

 

e.      Two Loading Platforms, located throughout the Property;

 

f.      Several Stone Wails, located throughout the Property; and

 

g. An Entrance Bound Stone, located at the entrance to the Property.

 

The cart and cattle path from the highway (now Canton Avenue) to the wood lot and later poor farm was named Governor Stoughton Lane in 1933.

9. These structures and buildings were used by the resident poor of the Town of Milton for

both shelter and for making a common living. By 1941, however, the direct use of these buildings and structures by the poor of the Town of Milton had ceased.  The buildings and structures identified in items 8a through 8d above were then rented out by the Trustees. The rent therefrom was deposited into a fund designated the Governor Stoughton Fund. The Trustees distributed income and appreciation from that Fund to the poor of the Town

ofMilton.3

 

10. The Property is located at the end of Governor Stoughton Lane in Milton, and is shown on the Town of Milton Assessors' Maps as Map K, Block 6, Lot 2.  A copy of a portion of the

3 A full description ofthe Historical Use of the Property is contained in the Massachusetts Historic

Commission document attached as Exhibit B.

 

 

Attorney General have communicated many times about how the Property could best be utilized to serve the poor ofthe Town of Milton.

12. The Trustees concluded that rental of existing buildings and structures on the Property was

not adequately providing for the needs of the poor ofthe Town of Milton.

 

13. Moreover, some ofthe buildings are in disrepair.  The building at 169 Governor Stoughton Lane and the building at 175 Governor Stoughton Lane feature wiring that is decades old and would require massive upgrades in order to be brought up to current safety standards. Both buildings have structural problems that could require the Trustees to spend precious Trust resources to ensure that they remain safe for human habitation.

At present, only one (1) of the buildings and structures described in item 8 above is being rented, namely, the building at 208 Governor StoughtonLane.  The rental income from that building continues to be deposited into the Governor Stoughton Fund, from which income and appreciation is distributed by the Trustees to benefit the poor of the Town of Milton.

14. The Trustees, therefore, decided that the best option would be to sell or to lease the

Property to a third party, and to use the revenue generated from such sale or lease for the benefit ofthe poor ofthe Town of Milton.

15.  Given that the Trustees are all the Selectmen ofthe Town of Milton, the Trustees took

action to solicit proposals pursuant to M.G. L. c.30B the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Uniform Procurement Act.  A copy ofM.G.L. c.30B, §16 is attached as Exhibit D.

 

16. The Trustees subsequently sought an appraisal of the Property.

 

17.  CB Richard Ellis/New England submitted an appraisal report to the Trustees dated April 6,

 hundred forty-five thousand dollars ($3,845,000) and eight million five hundred forty-four thousand dollars ($8,544,000), depending upon the type of residential development ofthe Property. See Exhibit E, CB Richard Ellis/New England appraisal report.

18. In early 2011, the Trustees voted to declare the Property available for disposition pursuant

to M.G.L. c.30B, §16.  See Exhibit F, Trustees' Vote.

 

19.  On or about February 14, 2011, the Trustees issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the lease or sale of the Property. At all times, the Trustees followed M.G.L. c.30B, including, without limitation, M.G.L. c.30B, §16, and all applicable guidelines, opinions, and manuals issued by the Office of the Inspector General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which is charged with the enforcement ofM.G.L. c.30B.

The RFP requested separate price proposals and non-price proposals, as permitted by

M.G.L. c.30B, §16.  The RFP stated that Proposals were due on or before March 25, 2011, at 2:00P.M. local time, at Office ofthe Milton Board of Selectmen, Milton Town Office Building 525 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186.  See Exhibit G, RFP.

20.  The RFP was duly and properly advertised in the Central Register and in a newspaper of

general circulation serving the Milton area within the advertising requir<?ments ofM.G.L. c.30B, §16.  The RFP was also posted at the Milton Town Office Building within the advertising requirements of M.G.L. c.30B, § 16.

21. All advertising requirements under M.G.L. c.30B, §16, were met by the Trustees as they

issued the Request for Proposals.

 

22. The Trustees received price proposals and non-price proposals from five (5) different

the Pulte Homes of New England, LLC proposal.

 

24. The Copeland Family Foundation, Inc. ("Copeland Family Foundation") proposal featured multi-dimensional development ofthe Property.  The Copeland Family Foundation proposed to restore the Men's Almshouse on the site for re-use by the Milton Food Pantry and for the Milton Residents Fund Office.  The Copeland Family Foundation also proposed to raze the Main Almshouse and to remove the building. The Copeland Family Foundation also proposed to raze the animal shelter currently operated by the Milton Animal League and to construct "a new and more appropriate building" for an animal shelter.  The Copeland Family Foundation also proposed to raze the Stable and to preserve the Pest House as a single family residence for as long as practicable. The Copeland Family Foundation would then preserve the remainder of the fields and orchard as open space.

25. The Copeland Family Foundation proposed to purchase the Property for a total of one million five hundred thousand dollars ($1 ,500,000.00) over a period of five (5) years.

26. Pulte Homes ofNew England, LLC ("Pulte Homes"), the selected proposer, submitted a proposal featuring three (3) different development plans. These three different development plans were labeled "Plan A," "Plan B," and "Plan C".

Plan A featured a plan by Pulte Homes to build a single family community consisting of

twenty-seven (27) lots to be situated on the parcel.  The homes proposed featured "classic New England architecture".  Access to the site would be via Unquity Road. All structures to be built were proposed to comply with current zoning and would feature one hundred (1 00) foot buffers from existing residential neighborhoods.

consisting of twenty-three (23) lots to be situated on the parcel. The homes proposed featured "classic New England architecture". Access to the site would be via Unquity Road.  All structures to be built were proposed to comply with current zoning and would feature one hundred (100) foot buffers from existing residential neighborhoods.  In the second, four (4) acre parcel, the existing buildings would be demolished. Pulte Homes proposed to work with Habitat for Humanity or another non-profit group to build four (4) affordable homes that would be sold with a deed restriction to ensure that they would be affordable in perpetuity.

Under Plan C, Pulte Homes proposed to divide the Property into two (2) parcels.  In the

first, thirty (30) acre parcel, Pulte Homes proposed to build a single family community consisting of twenty-three (23) lots to be situated on the parcel. The homes proposed featured "classic New England architecture". Access to the site would be via Unquity Road.  All structures to be built were proposed to comply with current zoning and would feature one hundred (100) foot buffers from existing residential neighborhoods. In the

second, four (4) acre parcel, the Trustees would maintain ownership and control over future

redevelopment and would decide, at a later time, what, if any renovation/redevelopment would take place at a future date.

27. Pulte Homes offered to purchase the Property for a total of five million dollars

($5,000,000.00).

 

28. The Trustees subsequently evaluated these two (2) proposals. In order to aid in the evaluation of said proposals the Trustees obtained a second appraisal, pursuant to a written

 Estate Appraiser in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, appraised the Property under three (3) residential development options: four (4) acre lots, forty thousand (40,000) square foot lots, and a sixty (60) unit Attached Cluster Development, and determined that the fair market value of the Property for each of those three (3) options was two million four hundred seventy thousand dollars ($2,470,000.00), four million six hundred forty-three thousand dollars ($4,643,000.00) and six million two hundred thirty thousand dollars

($6,230,000.00), respectively. A copy of said appraisal report is attached as Exhibit I.

 

29. At the meeting ofthe Trustees on June 27,2011, the Trustees unanimously voted in favor of a motion which provides in part:

"that the Milton Board of Selectmen, sitting as Trustees of the Governor Stoughton Trust ("the Trustees"), pursuant to Chapter 30B, Section 16 of the Massachusetts General Laws, vote as follows:

 

A to accept the proposal of Pulte Homes of New England, LLC as being the most advantageous proposal from a responsible and responsive proposer for purchase of the Governor Stoughton Trust Property, which proposal was submitted in response to the Request for Proposals for the Lease or Sale of the Governor Stoughton Trust Property issued by the Trustees; and that the Trustees vote to award to Pulte Homes of New England, LLC a contract for the purchase of said property, subject to the following conditions:

 

1. negotiation of a Purchase and Sale Agreement which shall include a provision that the deed from the Trustees to Pulte Homes ofNew England, LLC shall include a restriction that the design, architectural style, construction, and intensity of the development and use of the Governor Stoughton Trust Property, including without limitation the number of buildings and dwelling units, if any, shall be as set forth on page(s) 21-22 of non-price proposal submitted by Pulte Homes ofNew England, LLC;

2. approval of said purchase by the office of the Attorney General of the

Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and

3. approval of said purchase by a Massachusetts court of competent jurisdiction.

 

B. in the event that each of the foregoing conditions is not satisfied, to accept the proposal of the Copeland Family Foundation, Inc., as being the second most

 advantageous proposal from a responsible and responsive proposer for purchase of the Governor Stoughton Trust Property, ... ".  See Exhibit J for a copy ofthe entire vote.

 

30. The time for acceptance of the Copeland Family Foundation proposal has expired.

 

31. On or about October 26, 2011, the Trustees and Pulte Homes signed a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the Property. A copy of said Purchase and Sale Agreement is attached hereto as Exhibit K.

32. Section 6 of said Purchase and Sale Agreement, on page 3, provides that the agreed

Purchase price is five million dollars ($5,000,000.00).

 

33. Rider A, Section 12 of said Purchase and Sale Agreement at pp. 18 and 19 provides that the BUYER agrees to build a single family community utilizing the Milton Custer Zoning By- Law consisting of twenty-three (23) single family residences to be located on the twenty- three (23) lots to be situated on the Property, and that the BUYER may need an additional special permit or special permits and or a variance or variances to obtain approval of the proposed development. A copy ofthe Town of Milton Zoning By-Laws is attached hereto

as Exhibit L. The Attached Cluster Development Zoning By-Law is set forth in Section VI

 

K. therein.

 

34. The Trustees and Pulte Homes signed a First Amendm nt to Purchase and Sale Agreement effective as of January 5, 2012.  Said First Amendment amended Rider A, Section 12 and the two (2) pages attached to said Purchase and Sale Agreement to include only the text of the Plan C submitted by Pulte Homes, which was approved by the Trustees. A copy of said First Amendment is attached hereto as Exhibit M.

35. Rider A, Section 15 of said Purchase and Sale Agreement (Exhibit K) at page 20 provides that "The sale of the Premises by the SELLER to the BUYER in accordance with this

 

Agreement is contingent upon approval thereof by the Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts".  The Attorney General has assented to this Complaint.

36. Rider A, Section 16 of said Purchase and Sale Agreement (Exhibit K) at page 20 provides in part "The sale of the Premises by the SELLER to the BUYER in accordance with this Agreement is contingent upon approval thereof by a Massachusetts court of competent jurisdiction".

37. The Governor Stoughton Trust for the poor of Milton holds three hundred eighty-seven thousand six hundred sixty-five and 611100 dollars ($387,665.61) in liquid assets.  The Property has been generating moderate income for several years.  From July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2012, the Trustees have expended two hundred thousand seven hundred fifty-eight and 36/100 dollars ($200,758.36) dollars from the Governor Stoughton Fund for

the poor of Milton. See Exhibit N.

 

38. This Court has the power to permit deviation to allow the land to be sold and the proceeds to be invested for the benefit of the poor of Milton. The leading Massachusetts case on deviation is Trustees of Dartmouth College v. City of Quincy, 357 Mass. 521 (1970) (the Dartmouth Case) wherein the Supreme Judicial Court considered a deviation from the terms of a charitable gift made by way of a testamentary trust created by Dr. Ebenezer Woodward, who died in 1869, "for the education of females ... who are native born, born, I wish it to be understood, in the Town of Quincy, arid none other than these, to be allowed

to attend this Institute which I wish to be as perfect as well conducted as any other in the

state".  Dartmouth, supra, 357 Mass. at 523.  Dartmouth College was named to receive the gift over in the event the trust property was used "for any other purpose than contemplated

 in this will".  Dartmouth, supra, 357 Mass. at 527.  By 1968, the trustees were unable to cover the operating expenses of the Woodward School with income from the trust fund. The school had a capacity of one hundred students, however only seventy-five or fewer

students had attended the previous two years.  "Financial difficulties had adversely affected the school's accreditation. Tuition income, however, could be increased materially if the school was able to operate at capacity, and accreditation could probably be restored. It had

been lost largely because of uncertainty concerning the school's financial future."

Dartmouth, supra, 357 Mass. at 525.

Faced with the need for additional income, the trustees formulated a proposal to permit non-Quincy born girls to attend the school only to fill otherwise unused seats and have the non-Quincy girls pay more tuition than Quincy girls, the tuition differential being equal to the income of the trust fund which, in essence would benefit equally each of the Quincy­ born girls attending the school.  Such a proposal, said the trustees, would assure economic viability and keep the high admission standards desired by the grantor. The Supreme Judicial Court held that the proposal of the trustees constituted a reasonable deviation from the express terms of Dr. Woodward's trust language despite the specific prohibition against admission to the school of non-Quincy born girls.

39. Similarly, William Stoughton, by his testamentary trust, intended to benefit the poor of

Milton.  Three centuries have passed since he established this charitable trust. The Selectmen of the Town of Milton acting as the Trustees ofthe Governor Stoughton trust have determined in accordance with the law of deviation and the facts of this case that the Governor Stoughton Trust in its present form as a land trust does not adequately benefit the poor of Milton. They have also determined through a process that conforms to both

 municipal and trust laws that the sale of the Property for five million dollars ($500,000,000) to Pulte Homes, the highest proposer with the most viable plan for redevelopment, is the best plan to aid the poor of Milton.

WHEREFORE, the Plaintiff prays that this Court, under the doctrine of deviation, issue a

Decision, Order and Judgment that the Milton Board of Selectmen, acting as Trustees under the Will of William Stoughton, are authorized to sell to Pulte Homes of New England, LLC a portion containing approximately thirty (30) acres of the Property given to the Town of Milton under the July 6, 1701 Will of William Stoughton for a price of five million dollars ($5,000,000.00), in accordance with the Purchase and Sale Agreement dated October 26, 2011 between the Town of Milton, acting by its Board of Selectmen as Trustees under the Will of William Stoughton, and Pulte Homes of New England, LLC, as amended by a First Amendment to Purchase and Sale Agreement effective as of January 5, 2012, and to deposit the net proceeds of said sale into the Governor Stoughton Fund to be held as an endowment fund administered by said Trustees, the income and appreciation of said Fund to be used for the benefit of the poor of the Town of Milton, as the Milton Board of Selectmen, acting as Trustees under the Will of William Stoughton, shall determine; and that this Court order such further relief that it deems just and proper.

 

VERIFICATION OF COMPLAINT

 

I, Denis F. Keohane, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Milton, Massachusetts, hereby verify that I have read the foregoing Verified Complaint, and that is true to the best of my knowledge, information and belief.

 

SIGNED UNDER THE PAINS AND PENALTIES OF PERJURY.

The Trustees intend to manage the fund in  accordance with M.G.L. c.l80A, §§ 1-9, (UPMIFA).

 

 

 

 

 

Dated:  _t_o-+/--?-=g-"--1-/    ,  2013

 

Denis F. Keohane

 

 

 

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

The Milton Board of Selectmen, Acting as Trustees under the Will of William Stoughton,

By their attorneys,

 

 

 

J P. Flynn, Esq., BBO No. 172640

B R. Le Blanc, Esq., BBO No. 654215

MURPHY HESSE TOOMEY & LEHANE, LLP

300 Crown Colony Drive, Suite 410

Quincy, MA 02169

617-479-5000

 

 

 

Dated: tVO      0 , 2013

More than 400 pages of exhibits follow.

Partial List of Exhibits on Probate Suit

COMMONWEALTHOFMASSACHUSETTS

 

NORFOLK,ss                                                                                                                                 PROBATE AND FAMILYCOURT NO.

 

THE MILTON BOARD OFS ELECTMEN,                    ) ActingasTRUSTEESUNDERTHE                              )

WILLOF WILLIAMSTOUGHTON,          ) Plaintiff                                                                                          )

)

)

v.                                                                                                        )

)

MARTHAM.COAKLEYinhercapacityas) AttorneyGeneraloftheCommonwealthof  ) Massachusetts,                                            )

               Defendant                                         )

 

INDEXOFEXHIBITSTOPLAINTIFF'SVERIFIEDCOMPLAINTFOREQUITABLERELIEF

 

ExhibitAl:             Last Will and Testament of William Stoughton, dated July 6, 1701 (photocopy).

ExhibitA2:                  Last Will and Testament of William Stoughton, dated July 6, 1701 (transcription).

ExhibitB:                Massachusetts Historic Commission Document-Description oft he Historical Use

of the Subject Property.

 

 

ExhibitC:                 SectionK,Block6oftheTownofMilton'sAssessors'MapshowingtheSubject

Property(shownas"TownFarm",2, 34.00acres.)

ExhibitD:                               M.G.L.c.30B,§16.

ExhibitE:                 April6,2009CB RichardEllis AppraisalReport.

 

ExhibitF:                  November 8,2010 and February2,2011 Votes of the Trustees under the Will of

William Stoughton regarding disposition of the Subject Property. ExhibitG:                                    Request For Proposals forthe LeaseorSaleoftheSubjectProperty.

ExhibitH:          ListofProposersandSummaryofProposals.

ExhibitI:                  May12,2011J.MurrayRegan&AssociatesAppraisalReport.

 

Exhibit J June 27,2011 Vote of the Trustees under the Will of William Stoughton to accept,with conditions,the proposal of Pulte Homes of NewEngland, LLC (items9and10.)

 

 

 

Exhibit K Purchase and Sale Agreement, datedOctober26,2011.

Exhibit L Town of Milton Zoning By-Laws.

 

Exhibit M FirstAmendment to Purchase and Sale Agreement effective as of January 5, 2012.

 

 

 

Exhibit N Expenditures for the poor of Milton fromthe Governor Stoughton Fund for Fiscal

 

Years 2003 through 2012.

 

 

EXHIBIT A2 - Transcription

 

I, William Stoughton of Dorchester in the County ofSuffolk withinhisMajesty's Province of MassachusettsBayinNewEngland.[indistinctword]beingmanywaysminded(?) of the frailty of thislifeandbythegrowingdecayandinfirmitiesofmyoldagemadesensibleof thenearapproachofdeath,andbeingatpresent(throughGod'sgoodness)ofsounddisposing mind,mosthumblybeggingandbelievingthepardonofallmygreatandmanySinsbothofheart andlifeandgroundingmy hopeforthesameandoftheenjoyment ofeverlastinglife,uponthe alone  meritsandrighteousnessoftheeternalSonofGodmademan,mymostdearandblessed LordandSaviorJesusChrist,thegreatMediatorandSuretyof thenewCovenant,donowmake anddeclarethismyLastWillandTestamentrevokingallotherswhatsoeverheretoforebyme

made.

 

 

MybodyIcommittotheearthby adecentFuneral,whereinmyWillisthatall unprofitableCeremoniesandExpensesbe avoided.  Strictlyprohibitingandforbiddingany Militaryappearancesthereinasaltogethercontrarytomy mindandinclination.

 

AstotheworldlyestatewhichGodhathbestowedonme(for whichImost humblythank abountifulLordandMaker)Idoorderanddisposeofthesameasfolloweth.

 

Inthefirstplace,Iwillallmyjustdebtstobedulyandspeedilypaid,andthenbywayof particularLegacyandTestimonyofmy affectionandrespecttothepersonshereafternamed.I dogiveandbequeathasfollows.

 

Thatistosay,totheReverendM.SamuelTorreyfivepounds.

 

 

ToMrs.EstherFlint,fortyshillingsandtoeachofherchildrenfivepounds. ToMr.NathanielClapofRhodeIslandfivepounds.

TomyKinswomanMaryMaxfield,Widow,fivepounds.

 

 

TotheChurchofDorchester, IgivetwopiecesofPlatefortheCommunionofsixpounds value each;asalsothesumofFiftypoundstobesettled(?)andkeptunderimprovementbythe careanddiligenceof theDeaconsfromtimetotimeunderthe oversightoftheTeachingand RulingOfficersofthatChurch,theyearlyIncometobeforanysuchserviceoftheChurchas shallbejudgedmostneedful.

 

TowardsthereliefofthepoorofDorchester,Igivethelike sumofFiftypoundstobe improvedbythecareoftheSelectmenandannualincometobedistributedtothemostneedy Inhabitants.

 

Untothe SchoolofDorchesterIgivethesumofonehundredfiftypoundstobealike securedandsettledunderimprovement forayearlyadvancementoftheSalaryoftheSchool Master,whereinmywillisthatifwithinthespaceoftenyearsnextfollowingthedateofthismy last Will,theTownofDorchestershallnothaveprovidedandsettledsuchasalaryoftheirown propergiftasshallmakeupthepresentsalaryalreadysettledtobeandcontinuedtothefullvalue offortypoundsayear.Inthatcase,IsaymyWillisthatuntiltheyshallhaveprovidedand

 

settledasalarytothatvalueoffortypoundsayear,thewholeincomeandimprovementofthis my  giftshallyearlybepaidintotheStewardofHarvardCollegeinCambridgeandatthe discretionofthePresidentandFellowsthereofbegiventowardstheencouragementofsomewell deservingstudenttherecomingfromorbelongingtotheTownofMiltonifanysuchtherebe;

otherwisetosomeotherthatmaywelldeserveit.

 

 

 

 

value;


UntotheChurchofMiltonIgiveonepieceofPlatefortheCommunionofsixpounds

 

 

andtotheTownofMiltonIgiveoutofmygreatwoodLotthereFortyacres,tobe convenientlyandequallylaidouttothem.Thewholeimprovementthereoftobeforthebenefit ofthepoorofthatTownastheSelectmenthereofshalljudgebest.

 

UntotheWidowandChildrenofmylatedearestFriendandfaithfulservantofChristMr. John Collinsof London,deceased,Igivethesumof onehundredpounds,theDebtduetomefor whatI lentandlaidoutforthemaintenanceofoldMrs. CollinsofCharlestownduringherlife beingatthis timethirtysevenpounds(forthepaymentwhereofthehouseandgroundsthatshe livedinstandsmadeoverandsecuredtomebyherDeedofTrust/beingtobereckonedaspart thereof).

 

Ofwhichhundredpounds IgivetwentypoundstoMrs.MargaretCollins,his[indistinct word],andtheremaindertohisthreesons,namelyMr.EdwardCollins,Mr.FrancisCollins,and Mr.ThomasCollins,thelastofwhom(beingascholar)tohavedoubletoeitheroftheother.

AndincaseofthedeathofthesaidMrs.CollinsorofthesaidEdwardorFrancisCollinsbefore paymentmadetothem,thepartofthedeceasedtogotothesaidThomasCollinsorhis Children butifhealsoshall bedeceasedbeforepaymentmadeas aforesaid,hispartshallgotohis childrenifheleaveany,otherwisethesameshallbedistributedtohisbrothersortheirChildren thatshallbesurviving.

 

UntoTheophilusMinotIgivetheSumofthreehundredpounds.

 

 

UntoMr.JohnDanforthIgivefiftypounds,myNegromanDick,mylittlesilverdrinking canandoneofmysilverheadedcaneswhichheshallchooseandmysilverStandish.

 

UntohiswifeMrs.ElizabethDanforthmyniece andtoherheirsforevergivemylittle

OrchardonthehillbyNathanBradley.

 

UntomynieceMrs.SaraTailerIgiveasaparticularremembranceofme,twelvepounds tobuyapieceofplate.

 

UntoeachofthechildrenofmynephewTailerandofmyniecesNelson,Danforthand

CooperthatshallbealiveatmydeathIgivethesumoftenpounds.

 

 

Tomy nieceElizabethDanforth,Ifurthergivemydownbedwithitsfurnitureandthe furnitureoftheChamberwhereitstands,alsoallmyPewterandBrassandLinenandtheone

halfeofallmyotherhouseholdstuff.

 

 

TheotherhalfethereofIgivetomyNephewWilliamTaileraforesaid.  TowhomIdo alsogiveandbequeaththesumofonehundredpounds.

 

IconfirmuntothesaidMr.JohnDanforthandhischildrenbymynieceallthatUpland andSaltMeadowwhichIformerlygavehimandisinhispossessionalready.

 

UntoSarahMaxfieldIgivefortyshillingsandifshebeinmyservicewhenIdie,Iwill thatitbemadeupfivepoundsbesideallwagesdue.

 

UntoJohnMaxfieldIgivefortyshillings.

 

 

UntoMrs.JoannaAtkins,mypresenthousekeeper,Igivefortyshillings.

 

 

UntomylovingandrespectedKinswomenMrs.Warren,Mrs.Hutchinson,andMrs. Woolcot,Igivefortyshillings apiecetobuyeachofthemaring.

 

Untoeachofthechildrenof mykinswomenMarySmithdeceasedandMaryMaxfieldI

givetwentyschillingstobuysomegoodpracticalbookinremembranceofme.

 

 

UntomyverygoodfriendDoctorBaileyandhiswifeIgivefivepoundsapiece.

 

 

MyLibraryIgivetosuchofMr.Danforth'ssonsasshallbebredupScholars,onlymy

LawbooksIgivetoMr.JohnNelsonandmybestQuartoBibletohiswife,myniece.

 

 

UntotheJudgesoftheSuperiorCourt,Igivetwentyshillings apieceforaring,andthe samesumforthesamepurposeIgivetomyverygoodfriendsMajorNathanThomasand NathanielByfieldEsq.andhiswifeandMajorStephenSewall.

 

UntoMr.JamesMaxwellDoorKeepertotheCouncilandMrs.CorletofCambridgeand toNathanBradley[indistinctword]ofDorchesterI givethesumoffortyshillingsapiece.

 

UntoMrs.Nelson,mynieceIgiveoneofmy[indistinctword]silvertankards,theotherI

givetomynieceMrs.CooperandtoherSonWilliamCoopermySilverteapot.

 

 

Alltherest ofmyplateIgiveuntomynephewWilliamTailerandmysaidniece

Danforthequallytobedividedbetweenthem.

 

Untothechildren oftheColonelBartholomewGedney,deceased,Igivetwentyshillings apieceforaringintestimonyofmyrespecttothatfamilyfortheirfather'sSakemyespecialand dearFriend.

 

AnduntoEdwardTusfreyIgivetwentyshillingsforaring.

 

 

ANDWHEREASthroughthegreatgoodnessofGod(forwhichImostsolemnlybless him)asatestimonyofmyunfeignedrespecttoHarvardColledgeatCambridge,theplaceofmy first publickeducation(whichNurseryofgoodLearninghathbeenaninestimableblessingtothe

 

 

ChurchesandPeopleofGodinthisWildernessandmayevercontinuetobeifthisPeople continueinthe favourofGod)IhavelatelyerectedandfinishedanadditionalBuildingtothat ColledgewiththepreviousconsentandgrantofthePresidentandFellowsthatitshallbeinmy libertytomakeanestablishmentandappropriationofsome partoftheIncomeofthatBuildingto beforthebenefitofsomestudentsinparticularasIshallreasonablyappoint.

 

Itis thereforemydesireandwillaccordinglyandIdoherebydirectandappointthatfor andduringthespaceoffiveyearsfromandnextafterthedateofthismyWill,therebereserved outoftheRevenuesandIncomesofthesaidBuildingtheSumof TwentyPoundsayearwhich shallbeexhibitedtowardthesupportofeducationofElijahDanforth,sonoftheReverendMr. JohnDanforthbeforenamed,PastoroftheChurchofDorchesterwhoisnowresidentatthe Colledge.

 

Andatandaftertheexpirationofthesaidfiveyearsthattherebereserved outofthe RevenuesandIncomeofthesaidBuildingtheSumoftenpounds[indistinctword]yearlyforever tobeexhibitedatthediscretion ofthePresidentandFellowsoftheColledgeforthetimebeing towardsthesupportandeducationofsomepoorSchollarat theColledgeastheyshalljudgemost indigentanddeserving.AMinister'ssontohavepreferenceofothers,caterisparibus(?).

 

Providednevertheless,whenanyofmyownkindreddescendedeitherfrommyFatheror frommyUncleMr.ThomasStoughtonlate ofWindsorintheColonyofConnecticutDeceased shallhappentobeastudentattheColledgeandstandinneedofsupport,suchshallbepreferred infirstplacetothesaidExhibitionandnextuntothemanypoorSchollarthatshallcomeeither fromtheTownof DorchesterortheTownofMiltonwithinthisProvince.

 

AndthatnoneshallreceivethebenefitofthisExhibitionthatshallnotactuallyresideat theColledgenorforany longertimethanuntilheshallhave takenthedegreeofMasterof Arts.

 

AsafurtherTestimonyofmydesiretopromotegoodLiteratureandtheEducationof SuchThereinasmaybeserviceableto GodandtheseChurchesIdofurthergiveandbequeath untothePresidentandFellowsofHarvardColledge aforesaidandtheirsuccessorsforeverall thatmyPastureinDorchesterwhich isnowintheoccupationofJohnRobinsonandallthatmy parcelofSaltMeadowwhichisintheoccupationof JohnTrescott,Willingandappointingthe clearRentandIncomeofbothtobeexhibitedinthefirstplacetoaSchollaroftheTownof DorchesterandiftherebenonetoaSchollarintheTownofMiltonandinwantof suchtoany IndianstudentthatmaybeattheColledgeandinwantofsuchthenanyotherwell-deserving Schollarthatshallbemostneedy.

 

AndforthefurtherencouragementofIndianStudents,mydesireandwillisthatwhen anysuchshallbesenttotheColledge,oneoftheGarretChambersintheBuildingbymeerected maybeallowedtotwoofthemgratis.

 

AndconcerningthePastureherebygiventotheColledge,MyWillisthatfirstofallout oftheRentsalltheFencepropertybelongingthereuntobewellrepairedornewmadesoastobe goodsubstantialstonewallfenceofthebestsort.

 

 

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ThewholeremainderofmyEstateinLandsandmoveablesIgivedeviseand bequeathin equalproportionandondueapprisementdivideduntomynephewWilliamTailerandmythree aforesaidnieces,Towit,ElizabethDanforth,ElizabethNelsonandMehatabelCooper,Tohold untothemandtheirheirsforever.  Andastothedivision,myWillisthatmysaidNephewTailer andmysaidNieceDanforthshallhaveandenjoyallmyLandsandhouseswithinthebodyofthe TownofDorchester.  Thatistosay,mysaidNephewTailer shallhaveinhispartmyMansion houseand alltheBuildingsbelongingtoit;withtheOrchardandLandsadjoiningastheyare

nowfencedinonbothsidesofthehighway, halfemySaltMeadowwheresoeverlyingandhalfe

ofallmyPasturesandSwampMeadowsastheyarenowfencedin.AndmysaidNieceDanforth shallhavecontainedinhersharetheotherhalfeofallmy SaltMeadows,PastureandSwamp MeadowswithmyLot lyingbytheBuryingplace.  Ajustandequalapportionmentofthemallto be madeeitherbymutualconsentorbyindifferentmenmutuallychosen,andtheirdetermination tobeconclusive.

 

AndmyWillisThatmysaidMansionhouseandhouseadjoiningshallbe letand reckonedat halfethereasonablevalue only.

 

UntothefurtheranceoftheworkofGospellizingtheIndiansIgivetothatCorporation onehundredpounds.

 

TomyworthyanddearfriendsSamuelSewallandIsaacAddington,Esq.Igivethesum oftenpoundsapiece.DesiringthemtobetheOverseersofthismyWill.

 

ToJohnLeverett,Esq.andhiswifeandMr.ThomasNewtonIgivetwentyshillings apieceforaring.

 

AndincaseduringmylifeIshallmyselfesatisfyandpayanyoftheLegaciesherein beforegivenuntoanypersonorusehereinmentioneditshallbeaccountedsofaraperformance ofmyWillinthatrespectwithoutanyotherpaymentordemandtobemadetherefor.

 

Andof myLastWillandTestamentIdonominateordainandconstitutemysaidnephew WilliamTailerandmythreeniecesaforenamed,towit,ElizabethDanforth,ElizabethNelson, andMahetabelCoopertobeExecutorsandwillthattheypayallmyLegacieswithinoneyear after mydecease.  UntowhichpaymentofmyLegaciesIdomakealltheimprovements,rents

andincomeof mywholeEstateforthespaceofoneyearaftermydeathliablebeforethepartition c,r  divisionofmysaidEstatebetween myNephewandNiecesshall bemade.

 

AndintestimonythatthebeforewrittenismylastWillandTestamentIhavehereuntoset myhandandaffixedmysealthe SixthdayofJuly.  AnnoDominiOnethousandSevenhundred andoneandannoqueRRGuilielmiTertiiAnglio&decimotertio.

 

Signed,Sealed,PublishedandDeclared bytheHonorableWm.StoughtonEsq.asandfor hislastWillandTestamentinpresence ofuswhosubscribedournamesas witnessestheretoin thesaidTestator'spresenceThomasMawdelsey[indistinctword],WilliamW.Ryal,Thomas Evans,AlexanderAtkins.

 

 

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TheMiltonPoorFarm-MiltonTownFarmhasbeenadistinctandsignificantproperty- intheTownofMiltonsince1701.  InthatyearGovernorWilliamStoughtonwilledtothe Townawoodlottobeusedforthebenefitofthepoor.ThePoorFarmwasformally establishedinca.1805onaclearedsectionofthewoodlotwiththeconstructionofthe firstalmshouse.Thepropertycmitinuedtoserveasapoorfarmuntill941.Extant on

thepropertytodayisacomplexof1centurybuildings,includingthesecondMain Almshouse(1854),theMen'sAlmshouse(1871),thePestHouse(1888)whichwasused toisolatesmallpoxvictims,andtheStable(1882).  19u.centurylandscapefeatures includetwoagriculturalfields,astablepasture,anorchard,anda woodlot.Since1941 thebuildingshavebeenrentedbytheTownandthemoniesusedforfamiliesinneed. Thefields,pastureandorchardarepresentlyusedtograzehorses.Thegenerallayout andbuildingsofthePoorFannarehistoricallyintactandhavenotbeensignificantly alteredsince1941.However,theMiltonPoorFarmispresentlythreatenedwiththe constructionofanelementaryschool'inthewoodlotandthedemolitionofthebuildings. TheMiltonPoorFarm-MiltonTownFarmretainsintegrityoflocation,design,setting, materials,workmanship,feelingandassociationandfulftllsCriteriaAandCofthe NationalRegisterPlacesatthelocallevel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TheMiltonPoorFarm-TownFarmis a 34-acre tract of land ,roughly rectangular in shape andcomposedofrollingterrain.  tislocatedonGovernorStoughtonLane,offCanton AvenueonWigwamHillnearthecenterofMilton.Thepropertyisborderedonthe

northeaStandsoutheastbyIndianCliffs,asinglefamilysubdivisiondevelopedduringthe

1970sontheformerCol.Henry'RussellFarm,and·on  the'northwestbyQuissetBrook,an attachedtownhousesubdivisiondevelopedduringthemid-1980sonpartoftheformer LambEstate.Theseboundariesaredefinedby19'-"centuryfieldstonewalls.  Land

ownedbytheMetropolitanDistrictCommissionborderingUnquityRoadformsthe

southwesternboundary.OriginallythisboundaryextendedtoPineTreeBrookbutwas redrawnwhensixacresoflandweretakenforthenewlycreatedBlueHillsReservation inca.1896.

 

TheentrancetothefannfromGovernorStoughtonLaneislOcatedatthenortherncomer oftheproperty,markedbythe1907EntranceBoundStone:ioeatedontheright(west) attheentrancetothedriveway.  Thecutgranitemarkermeasures11"highx8" widex8" long."TownFarm''iscarvedintoitsface.Thedrivewayimme_diatelydividesintotwo roadways:apavedlaneleadingdirectlytoacomplexofbuildingsformedbythe1854

MainAlmshouse (MHC#218)and1871 Men'sAlmshouse (MHC #192), the1882

Stableandthe1980AnimalShelter,andadirtIane·teadiiigio''ihe1888PestHouse

(MHC#193)isolatedseveralhUiidredfeetsoutheasterlybhiodthe.Men'sAlmshouse. Ahydrantdatingto1904whenthefarmwasconnectedtotbwnwater·islocatedatthe forkintheroad.Informallawnswithscatteredstoneoutcroppingssurroundeachofthe

dwellings.Vegetableandflowergardensandchicken coops,datingto1975,are presentlylocatedbehindtheMen'sAlmshouseandextendtotheentranceofthePest Housesection,definedbya fieldstonewall;  Thisgardensectionisfurtherdefinedon oneside(northeast)bythePestHousedrivewayandalineof19th/2CJhcenturypearand plumstreesandontheotherside(southwest)byalineofmid-20thcenturyevergreen trees alongthefencedborderwiththeStablePasture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Therearetwoagriculturalfields,'apastUre'and·anorchard,allpresentlygrassedoverand usedforgrazinghorses.

 

Field#1,datingto1862or1885, isa:ca.4-acrerectangularpiece ofgras&-coveredland locatedonaslopebelowthePestHouseanditsdriveway,alongthenortheasternand southeastern.borderwitJlIndianCliffs,theformerCol.HenryRussellfarm.Originally, thefieldwasusedtogrow cropsofcom,potatoesandhay.Aridgeandfurrowplowline canbeseenextendingthelengthofthefield.Thefieldisdefinedbyfieldstonewalls,

wirefencesandawoodlotalongtheIndianCliffsboundary.·Thestonewallalongthe boundarywithIndianCliffsdatesto1886.  Overgrowthisnotedonsectionsofthefield

aswellasavegetablegardendatingtoca.1980.   Since ca.1980,the fieldhasbeen divided into two sections by a wire fence.                                                                                                                                                   ·

 

Field#2,datingto1862or1885,isaca.2.5pieceofmostlygrass-coveredhind,roughly rectangularinshape,locatedonthesouthwesternsideoftheMainAlmsb,ousealongthe northwesternborderofthePoorFarmwiththeQuis8etBrookdevelopment.A10-20foot sectionofovergrowthislocatedattherearofthefield.Originally,thefieldwasusedto

growcropsofcom,potatoesandhay.Thefieldisdefined.by'tieldstonewallsalongthe QuissetBrookborderandinthesouthwest(rear)andsmitheast(side)whereitabutsthe WoodLotandtheOrchard,respectively.   Originally,therontoffieldextendedtothe rearofthebam, givingoutdooraccessforthecowsandhorseshousedinthebasementof themainblockandoftheell.Whileasectionofthefieldstillfrontstheell'sstall,a

middlesectionwaspavedforaparkingareain1970 fortheDogPoundlocated inthe

formerbasementcowshedandlaterfortheconstructionofthe1980 AnimalShelter.

 

TheStablePastureislocatedonthesoutheasternsideof theStableandthusisdatedto the1882construction·ortheStable.Theca. 1-acrepasturisdefmedby fieldstone walls on thesoutheastandsouthwest,whereitabutstheWoodLotandtheOrchard,      .

respectively'andbyawirefencealongtheevergreenI?orderwiththegardenarea:behind

theMen'sAlmshouse.Aceesstothepastureisfrom theStable.Doorsfromboththe

mainblockandtheellopenontoasmallencloseddi!l.:.co:vedpaddockwhichleadsto thegrass-coveredpasture.      ·                                                                                                                             

 

TheOrchard,1862,isaca.l-acrepieceofsloping,grass-coveredland,roughly rectangularinshape,thatislocatedtothesouthofthe.barn.Itisenclosedbyfieldstone wallsandabutstheStablePastureinthenortheast,theWoodLotinthesoutheastand southwest,andField#2inthenorthwest.Untilfairlyrecntly,fruittreeshadcontinueto produceseveralvarietiesofapples,e.g.RhodeIslandGreening,Russet,Baldwin,Red DeliciousandMacintosh,aswellaspearsandplums.Todaytheremainsoffruittrees andseverallargerdeciduoustreesarescatteredacrosstheformerorchard.

 

TheWoodLotisestimatedtostillcovertwo-thirdsofthePoorFannasitdidinthe

1907survey.  Itislocatedattherear oftheproperty,whilethebuildingsandcultivated

areasarelocatedonthefrontthirdofthefarmaccessedfromGovernorStoughtonLane. TheWoodLotiscomposedpredominatelyof19thand2ff'centurymixedhardwoodtrees, e.g.Red,WhiteandChestnutOaksaswellasBeechesandChestnuts.Thelandisfairly levelatthefrontofthewoodsandthendropsoffsharplydowntowetlandsatthe southwesternbordernearUnquityRoad.Thewoodsareaccessedbyapath,datingtothe

1century,thatbeginsinfrontofthePestHouseandtraversesthewoodsdownto UnquityRoad.Twopilesofarrangedfieldstonesthatarecurrentlythughttobe19th centuryloadiJlgplatforn:Js totransfercutwoodontocartsarelocatedinthewoods behindtheOrchard.

TheStable.181G9vemorStoughtonLane,1882,islocatedattheendof thedriveway. Thewoodclapboard,postandbeambuildingisthreebayswideandthreebaysdeepwith arearelladdedin1887.  Itrises11/2storiestoasidegableslateroofwithsaltbox profileonthedrivewayside.Thereisacenterpeakgableoverthehayloftopeningwith hoistingpost   Asinglechimneyislocatedonthefrontslopeandacupolaattheridge. Windowsaresimplyframedandcontainsix-over-sixsash.Thecentercarriageopening ofthethree-bayfacadeopensontoaninteriorthatishistoricallyintact.Thecarriage roomwithtwoharnessroomsonthesoutheasternside(pasture)islocatedinthefront.A

doorwayattherearleadstothehorsestalls.  Thesixnarrowstraightstallsandoneboxed stallarelocatedalonganaisletoeithersideofthedoorwayandareintactwithhaycribs andhaylofttrapdoors above.  Adooronthesoutheasternsideleadsouttothepaddock. The1887ellwasaddedbehindthestallsnearthepasture.Itcontainedacowmilking

parloronthefirstfloorwithadoortothepaddockandahorsestallinthebasement accessedfromField#2.Thestallsinboththebamandellarepresentlyusedtohousethe horsesbelongingtotheresidentsofthefarm.A fullbasementwithgranitepillarsanda dirtfloorislocatedunderthemainbamandisaccessedbyadoorfromtheAnimal Shelterparkinglot.Originallycowswere kepthere.Inthe1970sa sectionofthisarea

wasusedforthedogpound.Apiperemainsatthefrontofthebasementfrom1904when acisternwasconnectedtothehydrantandtownwater.In1882athree-bayopencarriage shedwasbuiltoffthesideoftheelltoshelteronesideofthepaddock.Itwasdemolished in1978,leavinganoutlineofitsroofonthesideofthebarn.

 

ThePestHouse,208GovernorStoughtonLane{MHC#193),1888,facessouthwest overafrontlawntowardstheWoodLotbeyond,whiletherearoverlooksField#1.The drivewayislocatedonthenorthwesternside.Thehouseisasimple1-storywoodshingle dwelling,setonafieldstonefoundation.Therectangularmainblock,threebayswide

andonebaydeep,isenclosedbyanasphaltshinglesidegableroof.Windowsandthe centerentrancearesimplyframedandcontainsix-over-sixsash andapaneldoor, respectively.   A1-story,shedroofadditionwasconstructedacrosstherearona

.·   fieldstonefoundation. Therearetwochimneys,onelocatedontheadditionandoneat thejunctionofthemainblockandtheaddition.Theadditionwasprobablyconstructed in1904whenthehousewasimprovedwithanewnurse'sroom.cellarandfurnace.

Thereisasecondaryentranceinthesideoftheaddition,whichisnowaccessedbya post-1960stairwayanddeck.     ·

 

TheAnimalShelter,1980,islocatedat theendofthedrivewaytorearandsideofthe Stable.Field#2islocatedtoitsrearandside(northeast).The rectangulartwo-bay buildingissheathedinverticalboardingandrisesone1storyfromaconcretefoundation toanasphaltshinglefrontgableroof.Cagedrunwaysextendtoeithersideforoutdoor animalexercise.

 

 

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Uponhis'deathin1701,WilliamStoughton(1631-1701),whohadservedthe MassachusettsBayColonyasLieutenantGovernorandGovernor, willed.totheTownof MiltonfortyacresofhiswoodlotinMiltonforthebenefitofthepoor.Thelotwaspart ofa456-acretractoflandthathisfather,Israel(d.1645),.hadownedasoneofthe EnglishsettlersofDorchester.  MiltonTownRecordsofFebruary28,1706nrecordthe

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.....Honblemr.StoughtonLateLtGovernortowillan<ibequeathFortyAcresofHis WoodlotinMiltonuntothesaidTownetobeimprovedbytheSelectmenofsaid TowneandtheirSuccessorsfortheUseandBenefitofthePoorofthesaidTownfor

.Ever.,..mr. JohnDaneaSkilfullsurveyordidonthe2fl' ofNovemberEnteruponthe

·saidLand&measureofffortyacreSforthesaidTown...next tomr.WalterMoryes

land,SouthEastwardly,abrookbeingtheboundsofthewesterlyEnd,&amultitude ofTreesaremarkedinthe.lineswhichcutthesaidForlyAcresfromtheRemaining

ofsaidwoodlott,ofwhichthenmarkedTreesare aggreedtobeBound-Trees....Ornunted

there shouldbeaUbertyforthesaidselectmen,theirsuccessors, &Assignestodrive

Carts&CattlethroughtheRemainingLand9fsaidwoodlotfromyehighway.•.unto

thenearestCornerofthesaidfortyAcres...

 

ThelandwaslocatedofftheTauntonRoad(today'sCantonAvenue)onWigwamHill nearthe·centeroftown:Thecartandcattlepathfromthehighwaytothewoodlotand laterpoorfarmwasnamedGovernorStoughtonLaD.in·1933.Thelotremainedunused forthenexthundredyearswiththepossibleexceptionofprovidingwoodforfuelat

vanoustimes.Miltoncontinuedtocareforitspoorin thesamemannerasithaddone

sineeitsincorporationasatownseparatefromDorchester in1662.

 

Duringthe1-rt'andIgthcenturiesinhabitantsofa  ownwereetitledtotownaidifthey wereunabletotakecareofthemselves,butonlyiftheylegallyresidedinthetown.On

 

Apri128,1665MiltonTownRecordsstatethatnomanshouldsettleintheTownwithout thepermissionofTownMeetingoroftheSelectmen.Thusitwasthesad dutyofthe

SelectmenandConstablesformanyyearstosendthepoorandthesickbacktothetown oftheirlegalresidence.Aslateas1793MiltonConstablesorderedoutoftownalonglist ofMiltoninhabitants,includingsome prominentmenlesttheytooshouldintimebecome paupersandbecomeadrainonthetown's resources.

 

ThereislittlespecificinformationintheTownRecordsonthecareofthepoorduring theseyears.TheOfficeoftheOverseersofthePoorisfirstmentionedin1688andwas normallyfilledbytheSelectmen.  However,theydidnotrecordtheirexpenditures.In

1786TownMeetingvoted"thatthePoorbeletouttothelowestbidder,andbeunder

 

 

 

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theinspectionoftheSelectmen."  However,the1788TownRecordsalsoindicatesome peoplewerecaredforathome.From1754tolTIItherewerevariousattemptsto constructaworkhouse,butnothingwasdone.Thereaftertheenergyandfmancesofthe TownweredirectedtowardstheRevolution.

 

 

 

FederalPeriod(1775-1830)

 

AftertheRevolution,TownMeetingonceagaindirecteditsattentiontothepoor.While in1792itwasvotedthecareofthepoorbesuppliedatthediscretionoftheSelectmen, tenyearslateraconunitteewaschosentoseeifthetowncould findanotherandmore economicalmodeofprovidingforthepoorthanwasthenpracticed.At theApril4,1803

TownMeeting,thecommitteemadethreerecommendations:1)enclosefourtosixacres ofthe'Poormans;lot andploughnotlessthantwooftheacres;2)authorizethe Selectmen topurchasewoodforfuelratherthan cuttingandtransportingwoodfromthe

'Poorroanslot;and3)"thataConvenienthousebeerectedonpartofthePoor·manslot constructedtocontainfourroomsinthewholewhenfinishedwithsmallerapartments

eitherononegroundfloorortwostories... thatthesamebe undertakenthepresent season,andsofarprogressedastomakeittenantableforafamilynextseasori,andbe finishedasthereshallbeoccasionforfurtheruseofit...."  Whilethereportwas accepted,theprojectwasputoffforseveralyears.Milton'sfirs.tpoorhousewas probablycompletedin1805,butcertainlyexistedbytheApril6,1807TownMeeting, whentheOverseersofthePoorwereelectedseparatelyfromtheSelectmen"toethe careandmanagementofthePoormanslotandthehousebuiltthereon.":M;apsof Milton

for1831 and1849locatethepoorhouseonthesiteofthepresent MainAlmshouse,169

GovernorStoughtonLane(MHC#218).

 

Intheyearsbetween1807and1837,theyearofMilton'sfirstpublishedAnnualTown Report,specificinformationonthepoormanslotinMiltonTownRecordsisminimal. In November1809,thereisadiscussionofthelayoutandupkeepofthefencearoundthe poormanslot,whichwastobemaintainedbyboththeTownanditsabutters.Thebrook runningalongthewesternboundaryofthelotwasidetifiedasPineTreeBrook.

 

OnAprilS,1813TownMeetingadoptedrulesfortheregulationofthe'workhouse'or

'PQorhouse',whichincluded punishmentsfordisorderlybehavior,failuretowork,if healthy,andleavingthepremiseswithoutpermissionoftheKeeper.Oneofthe punishmentslistedfor disturbingthepeacewasbeingputinacage.(Townrecordsof FoxboroandMarlborodescribethesimilaruseofcages.)Otherrequirementsincluded goingtochurchonSundayandgoingtobedandrisinginthemorningatthetimes

PlantationandColonialPeriods(1620-1775)

 

Uponhis'deathin1701,WilliamStoughton(1631-1701),whohadservedthe MassachusettsBayColonyasLieutenantGovernorandGovernor, willed.totheTownof MiltonfortyacresofhiswoodlotinMiltonforthebenefitofthepoor.Thelotwaspart ofa456-acretractoflandthathisfather,Israel(d.1645),.hadownedasoneofthe EnglishsettlersofDorchester.  MiltonTownRecordsofFebruary28,1706nrecordthe

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.....Honblemr.StoughtonLateLtGovernortowillan<ibequeathFortyAcresofHis WoodlotinMiltonuntothesaidTownetobeimprovedbytheSelectmenofsaid TowneandtheirSuccessorsfortheUseandBenefitofthePoorofthesaidTownfor

.Ever.,..mr. JohnDaneaSkilfullsurveyordidonthe2fl' ofNovemberEnteruponthe

·saidLand&measureofffortyacreSforthesaidTown...next tomr.WalterMoryes

land,SouthEastwardly,abrookbeingtheboundsofthewesterlyEnd,&amultitude ofTreesaremarkedinthe.lineswhichcutthesaidForlyAcresfromtheRemaining

ofsaidwoodlott,ofwhichthenmarkedTreesare aggreedtobeBound-Trees....Ornunted

there shouldbeaUbertyforthesaidselectmen,theirsuccessors, &Assignestodrive

Carts&CattlethroughtheRemainingLand9fsaidwoodlotfromyehighway.•.unto

thenearestCornerofthesaidfortyAcres...

 

ThelandwaslocatedofftheTauntonRoad(today'sCantonAvenue)onWigwamHill nearthe·centeroftown:Thecartandcattlepathfromthehighwaytothewoodlotand laterpoorfarmwasnamedGovernorStoughtonLaD.in·1933.Thelotremainedunused forthenexthundredyearswiththepossibleexceptionofprovidingwoodforfuelat

vanoustimes.Miltoncontinuedtocareforitspoorin thesamemannerasithaddone

sineeitsincorporationasatownseparatefromDorchester in1662.

 

Duringthe1-rt'andIgthcenturiesinhabitantsofa  ownwereetitledtotownaidifthey wereunabletotakecareofthemselves,butonlyiftheylegallyresidedinthetown.On

 

Apri128,1665MiltonTownRecordsstatethatnomanshouldsettleintheTownwithout thepermissionofTownMeetingoroftheSelectmen.Thusitwasthesad dutyofthe

SelectmenandConstablesformanyyearstosendthepoorandthesickbacktothetown oftheirlegalresidence.Aslateas1793MiltonConstablesorderedoutoftownalonglist ofMiltoninhabitants,includingsome prominentmenlesttheytooshouldintimebecome paupersandbecomeadrainonthetown's resources.

 

ThereislittlespecificinformationintheTownRecordsonthecareofthepoorduring theseyears.TheOfficeoftheOverseersofthePoorisfirstmentionedin1688andwas normallyfilledbytheSelectmen.  However,theydidnotrecordtheirexpenditures.In

1786TownMeetingvoted"thatthePoorbeletouttothelowestbidder,andbeunder

 

 

 

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theinspectionoftheSelectmen."  However,the1788TownRecordsalsoindicatesome peoplewerecaredforathome.From1754tolTIItherewerevariousattemptsto constructaworkhouse,butnothingwasdone.Thereaftertheenergyandfmancesofthe TownweredirectedtowardstheRevolution.

 

 

 

FederalPeriod(1775-1830)

 

AftertheRevolution,TownMeetingonceagaindirecteditsattentiontothepoor.While in1792itwasvotedthecareofthepoorbesuppliedatthediscretionoftheSelectmen, tenyearslateraconunitteewaschosentoseeifthetowncould findanotherandmore economicalmodeofprovidingforthepoorthanwasthenpracticed.At theApril4,1803

TownMeeting,thecommitteemadethreerecommendations:1)enclosefourtosixacres ofthe'Poormans;lot andploughnotlessthantwooftheacres;2)authorizethe Selectmen topurchasewoodforfuelratherthan cuttingandtransportingwoodfromthe

'Poorroanslot;and3)"thataConvenienthousebeerectedonpartofthePoor·manslot constructedtocontainfourroomsinthewholewhenfinishedwithsmallerapartments

eitherononegroundfloorortwostories... thatthesamebe undertakenthepresent season,andsofarprogressedastomakeittenantableforafamilynextseasori,andbe finishedasthereshallbeoccasionforfurtheruseofit...."  Whilethereportwas accepted,theprojectwasputoffforseveralyears.Milton'sfirs.tpoorhousewas probablycompletedin1805,butcertainlyexistedbytheApril6,1807TownMeeting, whentheOverseersofthePoorwereelectedseparatelyfromtheSelectmen"toethe careandmanagementofthePoormanslotandthehousebuiltthereon.":M;apsof Milton

for1831 and1849locatethepoorhouseonthesiteofthepresent MainAlmshouse,169

GovernorStoughtonLane(MHC#218).

 

Intheyearsbetween1807and1837,theyearofMilton'sfirstpublishedAnnualTown Report,specificinformationonthepoormanslotinMiltonTownRecordsisminimal. In November1809,thereisadiscussionofthelayoutandupkeepofthefencearoundthe poormanslot,whichwastobemaintainedbyboththeTownanditsabutters.Thebrook runningalongthewesternboundaryofthelotwasidetifiedasPineTreeBrook.

 

OnAprilS,1813TownMeetingadoptedrulesfortheregulationofthe'workhouse'or

'PQorhouse',whichincluded punishmentsfordisorderlybehavior,failuretowork,if healthy,andleavingthepremiseswithoutpermissionoftheKeeper.Oneofthe punishmentslistedfor disturbingthepeacewasbeingputinacage.(Townrecordsof FoxboroandMarlborodescribethesimilaruseofcages.)Otherrequirementsincluded goingtochurchonSundayandgoingtobedandrisinginthemorningatthetimes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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designatedbyKeeper.  Ingeneraltherewasnoattempttodifferentiatebetweenthe variouscausesofpoverty,whetheritbesickness,age,orinsanity,althoughtherewere effortstocontrolalcoholismas acauseofpoverty.Thuswheneveranyintemperate personappliedforassistance,hinamewaspostedtopreventtavernsfromselling.liquor tohim.

 

OvertheyearsTownMeetingcontinuedtosupportthepoorhouseoralmshouseasan economicalmeanstoaidthepoorofthetown.OnMarch24,1821,TownMeetingvoted "thatthePoorshallreceivenoassistancefromtheTownbutattheAlmsHouse (extraordinarycausalitiesexcepted)...andthattheOverseersofthePoormayconsiderit adutyincumbentonthemtoprocurelaborforthosewhocontinueatthehouse." However,ayearlaterTownMeetingdidauthorizetheOverseersofthePoortogrant supporttopersonsoutsideofthePoorHouse.·

 

Expensesincurredinmanagingthepoorhousefor1821amountedto$508.Toga.i.D. furtherfinancialsupport,TownMeetingofMarch9,1823authorized.theOverseersof thePoortoselltimberlogsfromthPoormanslot  By1827theSelectmenwereonce againchosenastheOverseersofthePoorand·authorizedbyTownMeetingto·adopt· measuresattheirdiscretionforthesupp<)rtofthepoorandecono.ffiicalmanagementof thepoorhouseandlot;   ·

 

 

 

EarlyIndustrialPeriod(1830-1870)

 

By1832arevisionofthesystemofsupportingthepoorwasthoughtnecessaryto.both decreasetheexpensetotheTownandtoimprovetheusefulnessandcomfortofthepoor. ThecommitteethatlookedintothematterreportedtoTownMeetinginNovember1834 withthefollowingrecommendations:1)"thehouseandbuildingsnow.••occupiedasa poorhousearenotlocatedinaproperplace...withasufficientquantityofgoodhmdto answeragoodpurposeof cultivation...andthetownshallprovidesufficient accommodationstoaccommodateallthepoorofthetown..•theyshallberemovedto thehouseandthereafternooneshallreceiveanyassistanceatthetown'sexpense;"2)a full-timeoverseeroftheworkhousebehired,whohasknowledgeofroadrepair.·All

able-bodiedpauperswillworkunderhissupervisiononbuildingandrepairingthetown's

roads.Forthispurposethetownwillbuytwoyokei:>foxen,twocartsandvarious neededtools."                ·

 

While the poorhouse was not moved,a residen tfull-time superintendent and matron for the almshouse were hired and a system was put into place forputting the poor to work on 

constructionofasecondalmshouseatthislocation.Inthe1882AnnualTownReport thissecondbuildingisreferredtoas"thesmallhouse"andfinallyinthe1892Annual TownReportitsuseasadormitoryformaleinmatesisrevealed.

 

The1882AnnualTownReportincludesinformationonthefourbuildingsthatthen existedatthePoorFarm:thealmshouse,thesmallhouse,thetramphouseandthestable.

'Duringthatyearadditionswere madettheMainAlmshouse(MHC#218)byJohnH. Burtatacostof#3,082:  1)Aellcontainingalargekitchen,washroom,milkroomand pantryonthelowerfloor withthreebedroomsabove;  2)anextensionto"theroomsof thefemaleoccupants;"3)afrontpiaiza;and4)unspecified"improvementsintheinside arrangement."NosignificantalterationshavebeenmadetotheMainAlmshousesince

1882.

 

Repairswerealsomadetothe"smallhouse,"discussedaboveastheMen'sAlmshouse(MHC#192) andtothe"tramphouse."(demolishedca.1906).Thisisthefirst mention ofthe"tramphouse."The1896and1905atlasesshowasmallbuildingattherearof Men'sAlmshouse.Itwasnotshownonthe1907 TownFarmsurveymap.Itispresently

thoughtthatthetramphousewasbuiltinthe1870stotakecareoftheincreasing numbers oftransientpersonswhowereassistedwithfoodandanight'slodging.

 

Finally,thepresentStable,181GovernorStoughtonLanewasbuiltin1882byJohnH. Burtatacostof$2237on·abettersite".Itincluded"ahorsestable,sectionforcows, carriageroom,harnessroom,andworkshop,togetherwithamplestorageforhay....Alsoa

finecellarunderthe'same,withacisternofamplecapacity fordailyuseorincaseof

fire."  Inthespringof1887Burtaddedtherearellfortheaccommodationofthehighway horseaswellasalargeshedforthestorageofthehighwayproperty.Althoughthe inmatesoftheAlmshousenolongerworkedontheroads, theSuperintendentofthe AlmshousecontinuedtobeappointedasSuperintendentoftheHighwaysbythe Selectmenintheirrole asOverseersofthePoorandSurveyorsoftheHighway.While

theshedwasdemolishedin 1978,nofurthersignificantalterationshavebeenmadetothe

Stablesince1887.

 

TheTownReportsof1885and1886mentionfurtherimprovements tothefarm.In1885 twoacresofwoodlotwereclearedandplantedwithcornforuseasfodder.The agriculturalfieldexiststodayaseitherthegrass-coveredField#1orField #2.Four

.additionalmilkcowswerebought.Thesaleofmilkfromthefivecowsthatltlledthe newcowshedalongwithapplesfromtheOrchardaddedtotheincomeofthe farm.

 

During1886the"oldbarncellarwasfilledin,andmanylargerocksremovedfromthe adjoiningfield,whichhavebeenusedin buildingawallonthelineofCol.HenryS. Russell'sland."Thefieldstonewallisextant.ThisinformationJeadstothespeculation

 

 

 

 

 

 

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thattheoriginalbarnwaslocatednearthepresentPestHouseandthepesthouse drivewaymighthavebeenthecartpathtothebarn.Field#1,whichthePestHouse overlooks,islocatedalongtheboundarywiththeformerCol.HenryS.Russellfarm. Althoughnofoundationmaterial}lasbeenreported,thereisadepressionintheearth behindthefieldstonewallattheentrancetothePestHousearea.

 

Duringthe1880sthenumberofinmatesattheFarmvariedfromthreetosixteenmenand women,primarilyintheir50sto80s.  Interestinglywhileinthe1884AnnualTown

Report1025transientswerereportedtohavebeenassisted,thiscategoryofaidceasedto bereportedbeginningwiththe1886AnnualTownReport.Itwouldappearthatthistype ofhelpwaseitherstoppedorphasedout.  Asstatedabove,the'tramphouse'wasfmally demolishedinca.1906.

 

The1883AnnualReportnotedthatexpendituresforoutsideaidincreasedthatyear becauseitwasfeltthat"temporaryaidmightobviateanapplicantbecomingapermanent inmate...andinthecaseofagedpersonswedisliketoremoye themfromfriendswho

werewillingtopartiallycareforthem,"adistinctcontrastirtpolicytothatstatedfifty

yearspreviouslyFrequentlytheassistancecameintheformofwoodotcoalforfuel"to poorwomen,.•.acustomsolongfollowedinMilton,"·asexplainedinthe1885Annual

TownMeetingReport.Thewood wascutfromtheWoodLot_atthefarm.Whilenot mentionedintheAnnualTownReports,it isspeculatedthatthetwosfucksofuncutstone presentlylocatedintheremaining WoodLotwereused_as loading.lllafformstotransfer thecutwoodontocarts.                             ·              ·                                        ·

 

 

Sincethemid-1850sMiltonalsotookadvantageofthedevelpingstatehospitaiand schoolsystemfortheinsaneandretarded,therebyabandoningthe-previouslymentioned

'cage"atthePoorFarm.The1888AnnualTownReportstatedthatthelargest

expenditures .inthedistributionofoutsidepooraidwas fortheinsanecases.Payments

weremadetotheWorcesterLunaticHospital(est1870),TauntonLunaticHospital(est.

1851)andtheWestboroInsaneHospital(est.1885).Additionally,apaymentwasmade totheMaisachusettsSchoolfortheFeeble-Minded(est.1848).

 

In1886theBoardofHealthwasorganizedasaseparatetownboard.Twoyearslater thePestHouse,208GovernorStoughtonLane(MHC#193),usedtoisolatevictimsof smallpox,isfirstmentionedinthe1888AnnualTownReport. .nderthestatem.entof

expensesfortheHealthDepartment:"F.M.Severance,stockml:d.·labor, pest-house...

.$574andR. F. Chapman,stockandlabor,pest-house; .. ;$99."frederickSeverancewas

aprominentMiltonbuilderandRufusChapmanhadapaintingcompanyinMilton

Village.  ThustheconstructionofthePestHouseisdatedat1888.WhiletheHealth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Departmenthadanumberofexpenses,thecostofrunningthepest housewaschargedto

the Almshouseaccount:in1888-$88for22weeks'boardofnursesandpatientsin

small-poxcases;andin1889$87foracookspecificallyforthethouse.ThePest Housewasprobablybuilttoconformwithstatelaw,whichisrefrredtointhe1920· AnnualTwnReport.

 

WhennotinusebytheBoardofHealth,thePestHouse,alsoreferredtoasthe"health building"wasusedtorelieve thecrowdedconditionsattheMen'sAlmshouse.This occurredin1892,althoughthemenhadtoleavesothattheBoardofHealthcouldisolate orieper8onattheendoftheyear.Thusitwasrecommendedthatanadditionbe

constru ted 'ontheMen,sAlmshouse (MHC#192).This wascompletedbyJohnBurtin

1893at acostOr$1552.

 

Duringthe1890sTownReportsbegintorefertothefarmastheTownFarm.The numberofinmatesremainedattwelveandbelow.  Thefanncontinuedtobeproductive. ThesaleofD1ilkandporkprovidedanincomeforthefarm.Woodonthefarmwas

s wed;split anddeliveredtothepoorofthetownforuseasfuel.In1898theBoardof

 

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Heatt:ii'made"improvementstothePestHouseandpurchasedbeddingsoit canbeused

 

any"time forcases ofsmallpox,shouldanycasesdevelop                             tow.n!•

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In.ca.18%theonlychangethathasbeenmadetothefarm'soriginalboundaries odcurredwith.thetakingofsixacresonthesouthwestemsideforinclusioninthenewly

createdBlueHI1lsReservationbytheMetropolitanParkCommission,asdocumentedin acomparisonoftheTownFarm'sboundariesin1896and1905Miltonatlases.

 

In1903responsibilityfortheTownFarmwastransferredfromtheSelectmentoanew

.  townboard,theOverseersofthePoor.Duringthenexttwentyyearsthefarmcontinued

·  tobemanagedbyaresidentsuperintendentandhiswife.It wasthepolicyofthe

Overseers·to"admitasregularinmatesonlythosewhoaretooinfirmproperlytocarefor themselvesintheirownhomes...."    Asinthepast,themaleandfemaleinmateswere singleorwidowed,ranginginagefrom40-80.  Theirnumbersrangedfromfourto:fifteen

3nnuaily.

 

Thetwoalmshousesaswellasthestableandpesthouse,nowcalledthedetention hospital,confuiuedtobemaintained.In1904allfour-buildingswereconnectedtothe

townWtersystem.TheMen'sAlmshouse(MHC#192)wasimprovedwiththe

.constroqtionofa cellarandinstallationofheatingapparatusunderthe1893wingandthe

PestHouse(MHC#193)wasimprovedwithanewnurse•sroom, anewcellarand fumaceunderthesupenrisionofMiltonarchitectGeorgeH.Ingraham.Since 1904 there have been no significant alterations to either building.

 

 

 

 

InOctober1940,therenoinmatesatthe TownFarm,forthefirsttimeinitshistory.Five.

monthslater,attheMarch8,1941TownMeeting,Article4wasaccepted:

 

"Voted:  TodiscontinuetheTownInfirmarylocatedonfortyacresoflandreceivedunderthewill ofGovernorWilliamStoughton."

 

TheTownMeetingalsoacceptedArticle5:

 

"'Voted,ThattheSelectmenbeandherebyareauthorizedinthenameandbehalfoftheTownto leasefortyacres oflandreceived:underthewillofGovmorWilliamStoughton.and thebuildings thereon,oranypart,thereof,foratermno1exceedinglhreeyears,forsuchrentalandonsuch

termsandconditionsastheSelectmenshalldetermine,thenetproceedsofsuchleasetobeapplied forthebenefitofthepooroftheTownastheSelectmenshaHjudgebest"

 

 

 

1941toPresent

 

Since1941thebuildingshavebeenrentedandthemoniesreceivedhavebeendeposited intheGovernorStoughtonTrustFund,establishedin1941.TheSelectmenasTrus s

·.oftheGoverilorStoughtonFundhaveUsed  thefundtosupportMiltonresidentsin need,

e.g.payfor.fuelassistance.

 

Atpresentthethreehouses, MainAlmshouse (MHC#218),Men'sAlmShoulie (MHC

#192)andthePestHouse (MHC#193),are rented.TheStableisusedbytwoofthe

familiestoboardtheirhorses.

 

In1970theMiltonDogPoundwaslocatedintheoldcowshedinthebasementofthe Stable.AsectionofField#2waspavedforaparkinglotforthepound:In1980theDog Poundwasrenamedthe AnimalShelterandmovedtoitsnewlyconstructedquarters

acrossfromtheStablewhereitcontinuestooperate.Fields#1 and/ll,theStable

PastureandtheOrchardarecurrentlyusedtograzehorses.TheWoodLotwaslast lumberedbytheTownin1976.

 

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MCH#                 IDSTORICNAME                                          ADDRESS                          DATE

 

 

 

169GovernorStoughtonLane

1854

175GovernorSloughluuLaue

1871

181GovernorStoughtonLane

1882

208GovernorStoughtonLane

1888

GovernorStoughtonLane

1980

 

 
Buildings

 

218                           MainAlmshouse

192                         Men'sAlmshouse

Stable

193                           PestHouse

AnimalShelter

 

 

 

 

Structures


 

LoadingPlatform(2)  GovernorStoughtonLane

StoneWalls                     ·   GovernorStoughtonLane

EntranceBoundStoneGovernorStoughtonLane


 

19thcentury

! century

1907

 

 

 

 

 

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FieldIll

Field/12

StablePasture

Orchard

WoodLot


 

GovernorStoughtonLane GovernorStoughtonLane GovernorStoughtonLane GovernorStoughtonLane GovernorStoughtonLane


 

186211885

1862/1885

1882

1862 lc.Jl'f2(jhc.

 

 

 

Cherau,AlexandraF,landscapearchitectandresidentonTownFarmsince1975

Dillon,George,residentonTownFarmsince1976

Hamilton,EdwardPierce.AHistoryofMilton.Milton:MiltonHistoricalSociety,1957. Teele,AlbertK.TheHistoryofMilton,A:fA.Boston:RockwellandChurchillPress,1887. MiltonTownRecords1662-1842.

MiltonAnnualTownReports1837-1980

MiltonNewsNewspaper  1882-1904

MiltonRecordandMiltonRecord-TranscriptNewspaper                           1904-1950

MiltonMapsandAtlases:1831,1849,1876,1885,1896,1905,1907,1917,1931. MiltonAssessor'sRecords.

MiltonBuildingDepartmentRecords.

MiltonEngineeringDepartmentRecords. MiltonHistoricalSocietyArchives

Jenkins,Candace.NationalRegisterNomination:CommonwealthofMassachusetts StateHospitalandStateSchoolSystem.(MassachusettsHistoricalCommission, i993)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Correct Milton Road Race Results

Results printed in the issue of June 27 were for a race run a year ago.

 

We apologize to those who ran hard and were omitted from the printed list.

 

For this year we will be referring to a listing online, rather than in our print edition.

 

The Milton Road Race held June 11 was tabulated by a new group of racing fans.

 

See all the results at the group's website.