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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
  • $2,075 - $2,795
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Arlington, MA 02476 Map

(339) 707-7124 Check Availability
Longview Place - Community Photo 21 photos
  • $1,850 - $3,055
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  • 1 BR - 3 BR
Waltham, MA 02453 Map

Parkside Place - Community Photo 12 photos
  • $2,119 - $3,955
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Cambridge, MA 02138 Map

(617) 932-7157 Check Availability
Mystic Place - Community Photo 18 photos
  • $1,475 - $1,775
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  • 1 BR - 2 BR
Medford, MA 02155 Map

(339) 674-0721 Check Availability
Quarrystone - Community Photo 30 photos
  • $1,472 - $3,390
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  • 1 BR - 3 BR
Malden, MA 02148 Map

(781) 591-7626 Check Availability
The Chase at Overlook Ridge - Community Photo 9 photos
  • $1,423 - $2,841
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Malden, MA 02148 Map

(781) 349-5344 Check Availability
Arborpoint at Station Landing - Community Photo 12 photos
  • $2,240 - $3,685
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Medford, MA 02155 Map

(339) 674-1184 Check Availability
J.E. Furnished Apartments - Waltham - Community Photo 8 photos
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Waltham, MA 02451 Map

(781) 728-5274 Check Availability
Riverbend on the Charles - Community Photo 5 photos
  • $1,960 - $3,415
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Watertown, MA 02472 Map

(617) 657-4101 Check Availability
Bell Wheeler Hill - Community Photo 25 photos
  • $1,115 - $2,058
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  • 1 BR - 2 BR
  • Verizon FiOS Available
Marlborough, MA 01752 Map

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75 SL - Community Photo 12 photos
  • $2,080 - $3,685
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  • Studio - 3 BR
Medford, MA 02155 Map

(339) 674-1185 Check Availability
Concord Mews - Community Photo 40 photos
  • $1,756 - $3,400
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Concord, MA 01742 Map

(978) 432-9121 Check Availability
Lofts at Kendall Square - Community Photo 27 photos
  • $2,971 - $3,367
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Cambridge, MA 02142 Map

(617) 903-7833 Check Availability
Edgewood Apartments - Community Photo 10 photos
  • $1,570 - $2,740
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  • 1 BR - 2 BR
  • Verizon FiOS Available
North Reading, MA 01864 Map

(978) 396-0230 Check Availability
The Legacy at Arlington Center - Community Photo 19 photos
  • $1,750 - $2,900
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  • 1 BR - 2 BR
Arlington, MA 02474 Map

(339) 203-6062 Check Availability
Avalon at Assembly Row - Community Photo 20 photos
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  • Studio - 3 BR
Somerville, MA 02145 Map

(617) 657-4100 Check Availability
Arlington 360 - Community Photo 6 photos
  • $1,950 - $3,650
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  • Studio - 3 BR
Arlington, MA 02474 Map

(617) 631-8983 Check Availability
AVA Somerville - Community Photo 18 photos
  • $1,940 - $3,638
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  • Studio - 2 BR
Somerville, MA 02145 Map

(978) 309-5534 Check Availability
Alta Legacy Farms - Community Photo 15 photos
  • $1,450 - $2,375
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  • 1 BR - 2 BR
Hopkinton, MA 01748 Map

(508) 470-7663 Check Availability
Inwood West - Community Photo 34 photos
  • $1,683 - $3,529
  • Apartments , Short-Term
  • 1 BR - 2 BR
Woburn, MA 01801 Map

(339) 645-0269 Check Availability
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