Melrose Real Estate
About Melrose, MA
Melrose was originally called “Ponde Fielde” for its abundance of ponds and streams. The area was first explored by Richard and Ralph Sprague in 1628, and became part of Charlestown in 1633. In 1649, the neighborhood of Charlestown known as Malden was incorporated as a separate town; the new town of Malden included most of present-day Melrose (then called North Malden) within its borders. North Malden largely remained a lightly populated farming community.
In 1845, the Boston and Maine Railroad built three stops (now the commuter rail stations of Wyoming Hill, Melrose/Cedar Park, and Melrose Highlands). Boston workers in search of a country atmosphere moved to the area and began commuting to work. The population of North Malden began growing, and in 1850 North Malden split from Malden proper and was incorporated as the town of Melrose. Melrose annexed the highlands from neighboring Stoneham in 1853, creating the city’s current borders.
The name “Melrose” comes from the burgh of Melrose, Scotland. It was a reference to the hills of Melrose, Scotland which the new town resembled. The name was suggested and advocated for by William Bogle, a Scotland native and longtime resident of North Malden.
The writer Elizabeth George Speare, who was born in Melrose, wrote of her hometown: “Melrose was an ideal place in which to have grown up, close to fields and woods where we hiked and picnicked, and near to Boston where we frequently had family treats of theaters and concerts.”
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Melrose Vietnam Memorial was dedicated Nov. 11, 1989. The monument’s construction was coordinated by John W. Pike, constructed by Zina Greenwood & Son and designed by architect: Joseph G. DeMarco, AIA. The center panel honors Vietnam POW/MIA Carelton Miller (U.S. Navy) and is inscribed with the words “You Are Not Forgotten.” The left and right panels honor the other 10 Melrose residents who perished during the Vietnam War. The monument is made of black granite triptych said to be drawn from the same quarry as the Vietnam Wall Memorial in Washington D.C
The Melrose Vietnam Memorial is located 695 Main Street
Melrose is home to one of the most distinctive performance centers on the North Shore. The gray granite building, located at 590 Main Street, Melrose, MA 02176 is adjacent to the Central Fire Station and City Hall. Its construction was watched with much interest, and favorable comments were made on the simple yet dignified interior and exterior of the building. The building was dedicated on Dec. 14, 1912 in patriotic remembrance of the brave soldiers and sailors of the Civil War.
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