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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.


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Medford, MA 02155 Map

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Cambridge, MA 02138 Map

(617) 932-7157 Check Availability
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Waltham, MA 02453 Map

(781) 786-8752 Check Availability
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Marlborough, MA 01752 Map

(508) 565-8625 Check Availability
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Cambridge, MA 02142 Map

(617) 903-7833 Check Availability
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Cambridge, MA 02142 Map

(617) 804-1588 Check Availability
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Malden, MA 02148 Map

(781) 591-7626 Check Availability
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Burlington, MA 01803 Map

(781) 618-0532 Check Availability
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Melrose, MA 02176 Map

(781) 670-7193 Check Availability
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  • $1,537 - $4,273
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Billerica, MA 01821 Map

(978) 384-1713 Check Availability
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  • $1,756 - $3,400
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Concord, MA 01742 Map

(978) 432-9121 Check Availability
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Arlington, MA 02476 Map

(339) 707-7124 Check Availability
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Cambridge, MA 02141 Map

(617) 631-8987 Check Availability
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  • $1,200 - $1,695
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Hudson, MA 01749 Map

(978) 237-0287 Check Availability
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  • $2,056 - $2,690
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Watertown, MA 02472 Map

(877) 936-0206 Check Availability
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Arlington, MA 02474 Map

(339) 203-6062 Check Availability
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Medford, MA 02155 Map

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Waltham, MA 02451 Map

(781) 728-5274 Check Availability
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Cambridge, MA 02138 Map

(857) 301-9399 Check Availability
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  • $2,135 - $3,185
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Waltham, MA 02453 Map

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