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This story from Massachusetts was published to explain what happened to an old oak tree in the Natick area, nicknamed the Elliott Tree:

“An old hollow oak in the roadway, which had been valued as a historic link with the past, was cut down. This act provoked great indignation. A lawsuit followed, which was settled by the offenders against public opinion paying the costs, and planting trees in the public green.”

Who was this group of tree huggers so outraged by the loss of one tree they filed a lawsuit, forcing the offender to plant new trees? Was it the Sierra Club? Was it the Arbor Day Foundation? Neither. It was a group of citizens living in the area in 1842.

Even then, it seems, Massachusetts was a hotbed of progressive thought. The quote comes from History of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, published in 1880. The story even provoked local poet Longfellow into action; this excerpt is from a poem he penned for the Elliott Tree:

Thou ancient Oak! Whose myriad leaves are loud
With sounds of unintelligible speech,
Sounds as of surges on a shingly beach,
Or multitudinous murmurs of a crowd…

Longfellow was a resident of Middlesex County; for almost 50 years he lived in a house at 105 Brattle Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, now called the Longfellow Home. Previously, the house had served as the headquarters of George Washington.

Generally, New England states do not have an active county government as compared to the rest of the country. Some county governments in the Commonwealth have been “abolished,” their offices being put under the direction of the state. Middlesex County government was abolished in 1997, but geographic boundaries continue for administrative purposes.


Brigham Square - Community Photo 9 photos
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Arlington, MA 02476 Map

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Longview Place - Community Photo 21 photos
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Waltham, MA 02453 Map

Bell Wheeler Hill - Community Photo 25 photos
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Marlborough, MA 01752 Map

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Windsor at Oak Grove - Community Photo 15 photos
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Melrose, MA 02176 Map

(781) 670-7193 Check Availability
The Chase at Overlook Ridge - Community Photo 9 photos
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Malden, MA 02148 Map

(781) 349-5344 Check Availability
Atmark Cambridge - Community Photo 15 photos
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Cambridge, MA 02138 Map

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Alta Legacy Farms - Community Photo 15 photos
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Hopkinton, MA 01748 Map

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Watermark Kendall West - Community Photo 9 photos
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Cambridge, MA 02142 Map

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Riverbend on the Charles - Community Photo 5 photos
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Watertown, MA 02472 Map

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Mystic Place - Community Photo 18 photos
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Medford, MA 02155 Map

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Littlebrook Apartments - Community Photo 9 photos
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Hudson, MA 01749 Map

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Arborpoint at Station Landing - Community Photo 12 photos
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Medford, MA 02155 Map

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75 SL - Community Photo 12 photos
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Medford, MA 02155 Map

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Concord Mews - Community Photo 40 photos
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Concord, MA 01742 Map

(978) 432-9121 Check Availability
Simrah Gardens - Community Photo 16 photos
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Hudson, MA 01749 Map

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Avalon North Point Lofts - Community Photo 11 photos
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Cambridge, MA 02141 Map

(617) 631-8987 Check Availability
808 Memorial Drive - Community Photo 18 photos
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Cambridge, MA 02139 Map

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Avalon at Assembly Row - Community Photo 20 photos
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Somerville, MA 02145 Map

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The Legacy at Arlington Center - Community Photo 19 photos
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Arlington, MA 02474 Map

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J.E. Furnished Apartments - Waltham - Community Photo 8 photos
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Waltham, MA 02451 Map

(781) 728-5274 Check Availability
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