Our historic landscape restoration in the Victorian-era portion of Oak Grove Cemetery is one of the current Community Preservation projects funded by a Preserve Medford grant. This week, we went with an arborist from a local landscaping company to survey dead trees, stumps and the empty spaces where trees once stood, and to make a plan for what could be replaced and when.
If you missed our November info meeting about the Brooks Park, or if you just want to take in all that information more slowly, we now have the presentation slides available to share!
Here they are, in PDF form – Brooks Park Info Meeting Presentation Slides
Maps, and the history of the property’s ownership and uses, were discussed by landscape architect Peter Hedlund.
Richard Iron, a masonry preservationist gave an analysis of the present condition of the Old Slave Wall (with photos), and some general history of bricks and brickmaking in New England (with bricks!).
Finally, the archeological potential of the site was discussed by Suzanne Cherau, a Senior Archeologist and Principal Investigator from the Public Archeology Laboratory.
The videos of each presentation are coming soon – the audio is helpful to listen to as you flip through the slides.
The Historical Commission was awarded a CPC grant for a design plan for the Thomas Brooks Park and its principal feature, The Old Slave Wall. With community input, we want the park to become a beautiful and meaningful addition to Medford’s historical landmarks.
Please, tell us what you think in this short survey!
Here’s a link to the Medford Community Preservation Committee’s brand-new Community Preservation Plan. It’s a fascinating read whether or not you can make the next meeting – on Monday, Nov 27, 7-9 PM, at the South Medford Fire House.
If you or a group you know is working on a CPC application that is related to historic preservation here in Medford, and you’d like support from the Historical Commission, drop us a line. We’re busy brainstorming and drafting applications right now too!