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1720-1760 Wedgewood Common, Concord, MA 01742
$2,200 | 2 Beds

(978) 451-4012

99-99 Needham St, Newton Highlands, MA 02461
$2,355 - $5,000 | Studio - 3 Beds

(339) 686-8061

325 Speen St, Natick, MA 01760
Call for Rent | Studio - 2 Beds

(508) 202-7319

4 Bishop St, Framingham, MA 01702
$1,900 | 2 Beds

(508) 966-7819

158 Concord Rd, Billerica, MA 01821
$1,410 - $2,635 | Studio - 2 Beds

(978) 528-3671

36 River St, Waltham, MA 02453
$2,020 - $2,995 | Studio - 3 Beds

(781) 350-4486

1 Arboretum Way, Burlington, MA 01803
$1,765 - $2,000 | 1 - 3 Beds

(781) 350-4491

200 Bedford Rd, Woburn, MA 01801
$1,575 - $1,725 | 1 - 2 Beds

(781) 780-7510

157 Sixth St, Cambridge, MA 02142
$2,575 - $3,100 | 1 - 2 Beds

(617) 440-3256

7 Captain Parker Arms, Lexington, MA 02421
Call for Rent | 1 - 3 Beds

(781) 350-3788

45 Kings Way, Waltham, MA 02451
$1,895 - $3,795 | 1 - 3 Beds

(781) 996-5034

1 Nathan Pratt Dr, Concord, MA 01742
$1,839 - $3,552 | 1 - 3 Beds

(978) 451-4026

120 Rindge Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
$3,850 - $5,100 | 1 - 4 Beds

(857) 706-2438

19 Royal Crest Dr, Marlborough, MA 01752
$1,199 - $3,354 | 1 - 2 Beds

(508) 461-2555

2 Pearl St, Woburn, MA 01801
$1,525 - $1,700 | Studio - 2 Beds

(781) 780-4852

105-107 Westgate Dr, Burlington, MA 01803
Call for Rent | 1 - 2 Beds

(781) 780-7141

9 School St, Framingham, MA 01701
$1,250 - $1,650 | 1 - 2 Beds

(617) 606-5468

270 Harvard St, Cambridge, MA 02139
$2,600 | 1 - 2 Beds

(617) 340-6068

258 Harvard St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Call for Rent | 1 Bed

(617) 340-6052

1 Repton Pl, Watertown, MA 02472
$2,323 - $3,106 | Studio - 3 Beds

(857) 702-0620

1 Inwood Dr, Woburn, MA 01801
$1,732 - $3,386 | 1 - 2 Beds

(844) 767-5757

1008 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Call for Rent | Studio - 2 Beds

(617) 681-7629

1-4 April Ln, Lexington, MA 02421
$2,100 | 1 - 2 Beds

(781) 241-9938

330-355 Tyngsboro Rd, Dracut, MA 01826
Call for Rent | 1 Bed

(978) 319-6501

120 Pleasant St, Watertown, MA 02472
$1,889 - $4,369 | Studio - 2 Beds

(617) 206-4983

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Middlesex County, Massachusetts

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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