The City of Medford is located about 6 miles northwest of Boston on the Mystic River in Middlesex County. Commuters have easy access to Boston by hopping onto I-93. With over 300 acres of open space, Medford is home to vibrant, small business districts, strong and supportive non-profit and community-focused organizations, and more. Medford is also home to Tufts University, which sits along the Medford and Somerville line. Bordering towns include Winchester, Melrose, Malden, Everett, Somerville, and Arlington.
As one of the oldest establishments in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States founded in 1630, Medford became incorporated as its own city in 1892. According to the city's official website,
"The name Medford is thought to have come from “the ford by the meadow” or “Meadford” thus commemorating the importance of the fordable part of the Mystic River located just west of present-day Medford Square."
Medford contains many historical sites, monuments, and houses - some of which date back to the 17th century. The area was originally owned by Matthew Cradock, who was the first governor of the Massachusetts colonies. After his death, the land was sold to Edward Collins, who started selling pieces of land to others after 1656. Soon after, Medford was granted the right to raise its own money by the General Court in 1684.
Other fun facts about Medford's history according to the city's official website:
Medford has a variety of city squares that offer amazing restaurants, eateries, bakeries, and small businesses. Whether you are looking for walking or biking paths, Medford is home to many beautiful green spaces. There are over 10 different parks that provide a mixture of passive and active activities. During the summer months, Wright's Pond and Tuft's Pool are open to the public.
Other points of interest include the Chevalier Theatre and the Condon Shell. The Chevalier Theatre is a landmark that features national bands, comedians, and other live performances. The Condon Shell is a bandshell that was constructed in 1956 and hosts free community events including the Medford Farmers Market, Mystic River Celebration, the Medford Family Network Concert Series, summer movies, and more.