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Medford in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Captain Isaac Hall Hitching Post

 
 
Captain Isaac Hall Hitching Post Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Roger W. Sinnott, April 22, 2015
1. Captain Isaac Hall Hitching Post Marker
Inscription.  On the night of April 18-19, 1775, on his famous ride to Lexington, Paul Revere tethered his horse here and awakened Captain Hall of the Medford Minute Men to tell him that "The Regulars are out."
 
Erected 2012.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is April 18, 1775.
 
Location. 42° 25.119′ N, 71° 6.653′ W. Marker is in Medford, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is on High Street (Massachusetts Route 60), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 43 High Street, Medford MA 02155, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. “Jingle Bells” Composed Here (within shouting distance of this marker); [History of Medford Government] (approx. ¼ mile away); “Grandfather’s House” (approx. 0.3 miles away); Royall House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mystic Congregational Church Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stearns Estate (approx. ¾ mile away); The Peter Tufts (Cradock) House
Oblique View of Isaac Hall House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Roger W. Sinnott, April 22, 2015
2. Oblique View of Isaac Hall House
The marker, just visible through the open gate, rests on the ground by the front door. According to a passerby, the building has been heavily remodeled at least 10 times since the Revolutionary War. It is currently used by Gaffey Funeral Services.
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(approx. one mile away); Powder House (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Medford.
 
Regarding Captain Isaac Hall Hitching Post. The home of Captain Hall is one block north of the Mystic River. In the poem Paul Revere’s Ride, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow told how Revere crossed this particular river on his way toward Lexington and Concord to warn of the British advance:

It was twelve by the village clock,
When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer’s dog,
And felt the damp of the river fog
That rises after the sun goes down. . . .


Revere, with fellow riders William Dawes and Samuel Prescott, would spread the alarm “through every Middlesex village and farm” at the start of the American Revolution.
 
Front View of Isaac Hall House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Roger W. Sinnott, April 22, 2015
3. Front View of Isaac Hall House
A colorful flag and bunting decorate the building during the week of Patriots’ Day (the third Monday in April), a holiday in Massachusetts.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 23, 2015, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 878 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 23, 2015, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 25, 2022